U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation must be heating up.
House Democrats are now demanding the DOJ inspector general launch an investigation into Attorney General Bill Barr over the Durham investigation, and one Democrat is even threatening to try to quickly oust him from office via an impeachment effort, The Washington Times reports.
IG investigation requested
The Times noted that the Democratic chairs of four separate House committees sent a letter to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz urging him to immediately conduct an “emergency” review of Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham and determine whether Durham’s probe into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation was being purposely used as a partisan political tool.
The chairs argued that Barr’s actions and comments and an anticipated report and/or indictments from Durham may prove damaging to “public confidence in the integrity of the DOJ and our democratic process.”
“Attorney General Barr has signaled repeatedly that he is likely to allow DOJ to take prosecutorial actions, make public disclosures, and even issue reports before the presidential election in November,” the Democrats wrote. “Such actions clearly appear intended to benefit President Trump politically.”
Ironically, that line from the top Democratic committee chairs seems to be an acknowledgment that wrongdoing had occurred, and the exposure of that wrongdoing prior to the election would be politically damaging to Democrats and beneficial to Republicans.
Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), has reiterated his call for Barr to be impeached and removed from office for, according to a press release, “his assault on the rule of law, due process, and our system of elections.”
“My resolution, H. Res. 1032, would instruct the Judiciary Committee to immediately begin this work,” he added in the statement. “Some people counsel patience but I’m reminded of what wise men have always known: If we do not stand up to injustice, our silent indifference will condemn us.”
Concurrent with that, Cohen also published an op-ed for The Hill that expounded more broadly upon his call for impeachment and offered up several examples of words and deeds from the attorney general that he viewed as impeachable offenses.
Mind you, most of the supposed “impeachable offenses” detailed by Cohen boil down to him simply not liking the things that Barr says and does and are, more often than not, based on false narratives derived from things said and done that were taken out of context or not accurately reported in the first place.
Nothing new here
Democrats have had a problem with Barr since he first assumed his role in early 2019, and their outrage at his every action and comment have only grown more desperate and hysterical since then.
Now, with an election fast approaching, some House Democrats seem on the verge of going nuclear in their incessant assault against the attorney general, and depending upon how far they really want to push things, it could get very interesting over the next few weeks.