From Capt Ed at Hot Air, Axios says Durham-Mas Will Come After The Election, If Ever
By this stage, everyone should already have grasped this, right? It would be difficult to imagine any prosecutor dropping indictments on significant political figures within a month of a presidential election. Unless the prosecutor’s named Lawrence Walsh, that is.
Axios reports that William Barr has begun delivering the bad news that John Durham is no Lawrence Walsh. That’s actually not bad news at all, except in one small way:
Attorney General Bill Barr has begun telling top Republicans that the Justice Department’s sweeping review into the origins of the Russia investigation will not be released before the election, a senior White House official and a congressional aide briefed on the conversations tell Axios.After Labor Day came and went without a peep from Durham, we should have checked those expectations anyway. For all the hyperbolic attacks on Barr by Democrats and the media, he’s much less of a political actor than it would take to push indictments in the middle of a general election campaign. Don’t forget that Barr was AG at the time that Walsh dropped his stinky Iran-Contra biscuit on Cap Weinberger and George H.W. Bush four days before the 1992 presidential election. Any Republicans relying on a Durham Hail Mary at this point were only deluding themselves.
Why it matters: Republicans had long hoped the report, led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, would be a bombshell containing revelations about what they allege were serious abuses by the Obama administration and intelligence community probing for connections between President Trump and Russia.
- “This is the nightmare scenario. Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn’t happen before the election,” a GOP congressional aide told Axios.
- Barr has made clear that they should not expect any further indictments or a comprehensive report before Nov. 3, our sources say.
Herr Professor Jacobsen at LI, Durham Dreams Destroyed
It was now or never. Now it’s never. The deep corruption of the attempt to undermine Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and transition is important NOW. It’s a factor in the 2020 election. Convictions later are too late. Prosecution if Biden wins is over.
No one should be prosecuted for political purposes, but if the roles were reversed, you better believe Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch would have buttoned-up a case prior to the election. This is why we lose.
More on Durham from 'shopwreckedcrew' at Red State, Durham’s Investigation Has Taken an Interest a Person Named Daniel Jones — The Implications Are Uncertain at This Point, but Sundance at CTH is happy to speculate in Fantastic Catch – Senate Intel Russia Report Shows Committee Allowing Dan Jones, Fusion-GPS and Cody Shearer to Avoid Questioning…
Senator Dianne Feinstein was vice-chair of the SSCI in 2016. Feinstein’s former chief of staff was Dan Jones.
The post-election plan to protect the intel community would involve using the SSCI institution to cover for prior Obama-era operations. Senator Feinstein was not a good fit for that role, so Feinstein abdicated her position in advance of the next congress in 2017.
In January 2017 Senator Mark Warner took over as SSCI vice-chair after Dan Jones left the SSCI to continue efforts as a freelance operative. Warner was put into place to carry out the strategic objectives needed to protect the DOJ, NSD, CIA, FBI and ODNI operations against Donald Trump who was now the incoming president-elect.
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Meanwhile Dan Jones went freelance and in 2017 was given $50 million to fund an investigative outfit called the “Penn Quarter Group” and create a new organization called the Democracy Integrity Project.
“Jones told federal investigators that he had raised $50 million from “7 to 10 wealthy donors located primarily in New York and California.” (link)
Jones used both groups to continue selling and pushing the Trump-Russia narrative. Also it was important for those at risk to find an alternate route to keep financing their defense without using Clinton’s legal team within Perkins Coie.
Essentially, in 2017 Dan Jones, through his Penn Quarter Group, took over funding for Fusion-GPS and Glenn Simpson and kept paying Christopher Steele. The payments to these entities and Steele always looked more like a pay-off to keep their mouths shut. Jones was essentially the bag-man for continued Trump-Russia operations outside government. Jones’s second job was to keep pushing the Trump-Russia narrative in the media (read more).
so the NYT whines Election Less Than a Month Away, Trump Leans on Barr and Pompeo for a Lift and WaPoo bitches Trump criticizes Barr and calls for Justice Dept. action against Democrats
The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike rose to global prominence in mid-June 2016 when it publicly accused Russia of hacking the Democratic National Committee and stealing its data. The previously unknown company's explosive allegation set off a seismic chain of events that engulfs U.S. national politics to this day. The Hillary Clinton campaign seized on CrowdStrike's claim by accusing Russia of meddling in the election to help Donald Trump. U.S. intelligence officials would soon also endorse CrowdStrike's allegation and pursue what amounted to a multi-year, all-consuming investigation of Russian interference and Trump's potential complicity.
With the next presidential election now in its final weeks, the Democrats' national leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her husband, Paul Pelosi, are endorsing the publicly traded firm in a different way. Recent financial disclosure filings show the couple have invested up to $1 million in CrowdStrike Holdings. The Pelosis purchased the stock at a share price of $129.25 on Sept. 3. At the time of this article's publication, the price has risen to $142.97.
Drew Hammill, spokesman for Pelosi, said: “Speaker Pelosi is not involved in her husband’s investments and was not aware of the investment until the required filing was made. Mr. Pelosi is a private investor and has investments in a number of publicly traded companies. The Speaker fully complies with House Rules and the relevant statutory requirements.”
The Pelosis' sizeable investment in CrowdStrike could revive scrutiny of the company's involvement in the Trump-Russia saga since the Democrats' 2016 election loss.
And speaking of investing, Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media details 5 Ways Hunter Biden's Business Deals Empowered China at America's Expense
1. Military technology
“In 2015, Hunter Biden’s Bohai Harvest joined forces with Chinese military contractor AVIC to buy American parts manufacturer Henniges,” Schweizer explains in the documentary. Henniges produces dual-use technology, which can be used for commercial and military purposes. The deal required Obama administration approval, and the Obama administration did approve it.
AVIC, a company notorious for stealing U.S. military technology, bought 51 percent of Henniges while Bohai Harvest bought the other 49 percent. . . .
I guess he was worth every penny to the Chinese. And from 'shipwreckedcrew' For Hunter Biden’s Ukraine/China Business Partner — Orange is the New Black
Devon Archer is looking at probably no less than 10 years himself — likely more. He suddenly has a very strong incentive to seek out an opportunity to cooperate in any federal investigation of any other person where he might assist in the investigation or prosecution of other crimes.
He was at Hunter Biden’s side at every step along the way of Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine and China. If there are bodies to be unburied, Archer knows where to tell DOJ to dig.
But that investigation will never happen if Joe is elected.