The report stemming from U.S. Attorney John Durham investigation into the origins of the Trump–Russia collusion probe is not expected to be released in full until the spring — but we may start to see some early returns very soon, according to former U.S. Assistant Attorney Andy McCarthy.
McCarthy believes that it is likely that criminal charges will finally start to come down from Bill Barr’s Department of Justice very soon due to the broad scope of Durham’s investigation, Fox News reports.
Bigger than FISA
While Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation and subsequent report mainly focused on examining what took place during the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant application process, Durham’s investigation is expected to go much deeper.
Durham is looking at all of the conduct throughout the entire Russia probe, not just the role the FBI and Justice Department played in their surveillance of Trump’s 2016 campaign.
For instance, there are already reports that the actions of former CIA Director John Brennan are being closely examined as part of Durham’s investigation.
For his part, McCarthy remarked, according to Fox: “I think it’s probably better to think of what we’re going to get from Durham not so much as a report because the first thing that a prosecutor has to decide in a criminal investigation is whether there will be an indictment. So, there might be a report if there are not charges, ultimately. But that, I think, is the first thing. Are there criminal charges to be brought?”
Will the hammer drop?
What most conservative Americans want to know, though, is if we will finally get some justice for the abuses that took place in this attempted coup against Donald Trump.
The fact that Durham’s investigation is now a criminal matter is one sign of hope. However, we don’t want the underlings to be blamed on account of actions for which the likes of former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Brennan are responsible.
We would prefer to have the head honchos sitting in a courtroom trying to explain how they allowed this fiasco to go on for as long as it did.
Not to be the bearer of bad news, but don’t expect to see any of those men pay too dearly for their crimes, however. The stage has already been set to let Comey off the hook by blaming low-level employees rather than the man whose signature appeared on the FISA warrants.
Even though Horowitz’s report noted how reckless the actions of the FBI were with Comey in charge, the ex-FBI chief will more than likely never be held accountable.
For whatever reason, even in the current Justice Department, there is a tendency to allow public officials to act as if they are above the law. That is, unless they have been loyal to President Trump.