By Jon Dougherty
Now that special counsel Robert Mueller’s “Russian collusion” probe has officially ended, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is demanding the Justice Department appoint another one to oversee abuses of power by members of the DoJ and FBI during the Obama regime.
Specifically, Graham wants a special counsel to look at the conspirators who planned and executed “Spygate,” which was nothing less than a coup attempt to bring down a duly elected president the ruling class does not approve of and doesn’t believe should be in office.
“I’d like to find somebody, like a Mr. Mueller, that can look into what happened with the FISA warrants, the counterintelligence investigation,” Graham said earlier this week, though we continued to believe that Mueller played a role in Spygate and Graham is just being polite in a ‘Washingtonian’ sense by mentioning him.
“Am I right to be concerned? It seems pretty bad on its face—but there are some people that are never going to accept the Mueller report, but by any reasonable standard, Mueller thoroughly investigated the Trump campaign. You cannot say that about the other side of the story,” Graham said.
“I hope Mr. Barr will appoint somebody outside the current system to look into these allegations, somebody we all trust, and let them do what Mueller did,” he said, adding that he’s been calling for the appointment of a second special counsel since 2017 to investigate “whether or not a counterintelligence investigation was opened as a back door to spy on the Trump campaign.”
The president, according to Fox News, seems warm to the idea (and why wouldn’t he be, considering what these people have put him, his supporters, and our country through):
President Trump was enthusiastic about the idea of appointing a second special counsel to review the origins of the Russia investigation when it came up during a meeting Tuesday with Republican senators, a source familiar with the discussions told Fox News.
The president was specifically reacting to GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s call for another special counsel as well as the senator’s vow to look into issues like the alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act at the dawn of the Russia probe. The source told Fox News that the president seemed excited about that course during a Senate GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, which Graham and other senators attended.
While we remain supportive of any legitimate effort to bring the Spygate conspirators to justice, the call for another special counsel begs the question: Where’s U.S. Attorney John Huber, the prosecutor from Utah appointed by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April 2018 to look into the very same scandalous behavior.
The man who Sessions called “a special prosecutor in everything but name” when he repeatedly rebuked Graham’s request for a second special counsel.
Huber was supposed to have Huber all the authority of a special prosecutor: He can convene a grand jury, issue subpoenas, collect evidence and order witnesses to testify, all the usual authority granted both to special counsels and U.S. prosecutors.
At the time, Sessions said that the facts surrounding the FBI’s actions do not yet rise to the level of needing a special counsel, but appointing Huber is as close as it gets.
“He will have the full authority of a federal prosecutor,” Richard Painter, former chief ethics attorney for President George W. Bush, told the Washington Times.
“If he looks at this and finds someone in the DOJ lied to a government official, he would be able to convene a grand jury, compel testimony and even prosecute them.”
Well…what’s Huber waiting for? In fact, where is he? What’s he been doing? Anything?
The Daily Signal noted that Huber is supposed to be working in collaboration in the internal investigation with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. But alas, no one’s heard a thing about any progress — or lack thereof — he and Horowitz have made.
“There is no evidence a real investigation is taking place,” the head of one legal watchdog group told the news site:
The mission: to investigate government spying on a former Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, and other questionable actions by the Justice Department that led up to Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election—and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
Huber’s portfolio also includes questions surrounding Russia-connected mining company Uranium One’s links to Bill and Hillary Clinton and their Clinton Foundation.
Since his appointment, Huber’s investigation has been a complete mystery, said Peter Flaherty, president of the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group.
“There is no evidence a real investigation is taking place,” Flaherty told The Daily Signal. “We don’t have a grand jury. It doesn’t seem key witnesses were interviewed. There is certainly no evidence he has staffed up. What he is up to is a mystery.”
All attempts by the news site to get some answers resulted in a circle jerk: The Utah federal prosecutor’s office referred questions to the Justice Department’s public affairs office; the public affairs office said ‘no updates’ are available at this time.
So, that means one of two things:
— Graham isn’t stupid; he knows that Huber and Horowitz have been assigned to look into FBI, DoJ, and Hillary malfeasance, so he’s publicly calling for another special counsel because he knows/believes that the Huber appointment was a Sessions head fake.
— Graham’s public call takes heat away from Huber and Horowitz and allows them to continue to conduct their work out of the limelight.
Huber and Horowitz operating in the background could also be part of the new effort led by House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes to go on the offense now that Mueller’s report is officially filed and his probe is officially over.
Whatever the case, the American people and especially the president’s legions of supporters are waiting for some justice to be meted out to those responsible for launching what can arguably be labeled the first overt coup attempt of a sitting president in our history.
The guilty must be made examples of if we are to ensure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again to a president who has far less ‘staying power’ and mettle than POTUS Trump.
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