Four of the top Democrats in the House of Representatives are now screaming and moaning calling for an “Emergency” Watchdog review of the Durham investigation. Translation, this isn’t going the way we thought it would.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and the other Democrats said DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz should open an emergency investigation to see whether Barr, Durham, and other political appointees are following policy to avoid taking actions that could influence the upcoming presidential election.
“We also request that you evaluate the authority and scope under which U.S. Attorney Durham is operating, as Attorney General Barr has only provided vague and shifting statements about the purpose and scope of the investigation,” Nadler, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) wrote in the letter.
Barr’s actions appear to conflict with both internal DOJ rules and the Hatch Act, the Democrats assert.
The DOJ didn’t respond to an inquiry. A spokeswoman for Horowitz’s office declined to comment.
Because Crossfire Hurricane was rife with the appearance of political bias and investigators botched a number of issues, whether inadvertently or maliciously, Durham was told to review how the probe started and whether appropriate steps were taken.
Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty this month to altering an email to state that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was not a CIA asset when the original message stated that Page was.
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