Here is the text of Durham’s reaction to I.G. Horowitz’s report:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 9, 2019
Statement of U.S. Attorney John H. Durham
“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”
For me the informative statement is, “last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.” Durham has the evidence and he’s going to find out who will be forced to take responsibility for abusing the FISA mechanism. I wonder how soon the grand jury will be empaneled? My longer-term readers know I am a vindictive so and so. It would give me the greatest pleasure to hear that the lucky recipient of the Grand Jury’s attention decided to sell his fellow conspirators down the river. Is it too much to hope for some action as a Christmas present? Sigh. Time will tell.
But the bigger picture is how this will impact the Democratic Primaries, the Impeachment Fraud and the 2020 Election. Once again, I think we have to assume the Democrats are depending on the Media to downplay any negative impact from the investigation.
With respect to the primaries the biggest risk is for Biden. If the overseas investigation touches on the Ukraine crimes then he won’t be the Democrat candidate in 2020. I’m not sure Ukraine will actually show up in the investigation. We’ll have to depend on Rudy Giuliani and the Senate to play up that angle.
As far as the Impeachment nonsense, it’s clear that the Attorney General’s investigation (through Durham) is what really caused the impeachment decision. Possibly the Ukraine call was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. Clapper and Brennan must be pretty scared. But the Impeachment will be finished off pretty soon because if they don’t start soon it’s going to knock the various Senators running for president out of the race. So possibly the investigation won’t get into high gear until the Senate exonerates the President. Waiting that long is really annoying so I hope it’s not the case.
Finally, with respect to the 2020 election, if the investigation uncovers a true smoking gun, e.g., if one of the mid-level or higher conspirators turns state’s evidence, then President Trump will win in a landslide and the Republicans will end up with sizable majorities in the Congress. If the investigation is only the normal trial of overambitious bureaucrats then the President will still win but more in line with his 2016 win.
So, let me end with an exhortation to Durham and Barr. Hey boys, get to work! Life is short and as one of my friends always says to me whenever I get excited about the Durham investigation, “it’s not enough unless they frog-march Comey and company out of their houses at 3am like they did to those poor guys whose only crime was they wouldn’t lie about Trump.”