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DOJ Barr and Durham close in on Brennan, Clapper and Comey (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 351.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the DOJ’s Russiagate probe taking it up a notch, to now be turned into criminal investigation.

Deep State officials John Brennan, James Clapper and James Comey better lawyer up.

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Via Zerohedge…

What began as an administrative review by the Justice Department into the origins of Russiagate has “shifted” to a criminal inquiry, according to the New York Times, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The move will allow prosecutor John H Durham the power to subpoena documents and witnesses, to impanel a grand jury, and to file criminal chargesDurham’s progress has been closely monitored by Attorney General William Barr, who appointed the veteran investigator in May, tasking him with looking into FBI and CIA intelligence gathering operations surrounding the 2016 US election.

As the Daily Callers Chuck Ross notes, Barr said on April 10 that he believed “spying” had taken place against the Trump campaign, and that he doesn’t buy former FBI officials’ version of how the collusion investigation began.

Little is known about Durham’s activities so far in the investigation. The Times report said it is unclear when the investigation took on a criminal element, or what specific crime Durham is investigating.

Durham accompanied Barr to Italy late in September as part of an inquiry into U.S. intelligence agents’ activities there during the 2016 campaign. They also inquired about Joseph Mifsud, a mysterious Maltese professor who established contact with Trump aide George Papadopoulos in 2016. –Daily Caller

Just over three weeks ago, the Times also reported that President Trump asked the Australian Prime Minister to help Barr uncover the origins of “Russiagate,” a move which Justice Department officials said “would be neither illegal nor untoward for Trump to ask.”

And according to NBC NewsDurham has set his sights on former CIA Director John Brennan and former national intelligence director James Clapper.

Durham’s investigation has been running parallel to a probe by Justice Department Inspector General (and registered Democrat) Michael Horowitz, who told Congress on Thursday that he expects his report to be “lengthy,” but able to be made mostly available to the public.

The Durham probe is similar to a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, told Congress on Thursday that the report of that investigation is “lengthy” and that he anticipates most of it will be made public.

Horowitz has been investigating whether the FBI misled the foreign surveillance court in spy applications against Page. Investigators relied heavily on the Steele dossier in the applications, though information in that document was largely unverified. Unlike Durham, Horowitz has not had subpoena power, and cannot use a grand jury as part of his investigation. –Daily Caller

And of course, with Durham’s administrative review turning into a criminal probe, the Times has already given away the predictable response from the left; Barr is investigating the Obama intelligence community to help Trump win in 2020. Nothing to see here folks, right?

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Ali Baba
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Ali Baba

Durham looks a lot like Dimitri Simes. I wonder if we’ll hear Chris Cuomotose on CNN asking him why that is. LOL https://www.c-span.org/person/?dimitrisimes

John Ellis
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John Ellis

Republicans are the 25% of society most wealthy who hoard all of the wealth belonging to the 50% working poor, Democrats are the 25% educated middle-class who hoard 25% of the wealth and together they hoard all the land, wealth and political power. And so, don’t look for them to expose anything that would harm such a perfect scam.

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Well, some of ’em actually do work for a living.

Dwayne Thunderrgrit
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Dwayne Thunderrgrit

You don’t have to be careful about accusing Obama of knowing about Russiagate now that Clapper said it was wrong for him and the others to be investigated for doing what the President ordered them to do.

wickey
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wickey

Democrats want An administrative review ,Republican’s want a criminal investigation !. ???. Why not, both.!

Carl Jung
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Carl Jung

I suggest a psychiatric exam for all those involved should precede either one.

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

Heres a wild thought, is it possible that this investigation could put the DOJ deal granting Assange immunity for his testimony RE; the Clinton/Podesta “hack” back in play? I realize this is a real long shot, but???

oldandjaded
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oldandjaded

lets add another layer to the conspiracy cake. Considering that a former MI-6 agent is deeply embedded in the Russiagate story, and the British secret service has easy access to Assange, is it possible Assange is being drugged not on the direct orders of the US deep state as most are assuming, but by MI-6 to render him unable to testify, or at least make it possible to undermine the veracity of any testimony that would be forthcoming under such a deal?

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