Rush Limbaugh said U.S. Attorney John Durham, who has been charged with investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, may as well be a special counsel. From Tuesday's edition of Rush Limbaugh's nationally-syndicated radio program:
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Okay. Let me tell you the next thing to keep a sharp eye out for, folks, and that is people fleeing the country. If you see James Comey in Argentina, or if you see James Clapper somewhere where they can’t be extradited, then you will know that we are getting close. When these people start leaving… I’m half joking. It hasn’t started yet, but, man, are they nervous, because the attorney general has appointed a prosecutor to look into the investigation.
And not only that, Fox News is reporting that their sources are telling them that John Durham — who is the prosecutor, U.S. attorney from Connecticut, that William Barr has named — has been on the job for weeks all right, which does not surprise me. Here is a little rundown on this guy, and I’ll just give it to you from a compendium of sources, including the New York Times. They say that the attorney general has assigned John Durham, U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to examine the origins of the Russia investigations.
This guy has a long history. “Mr. Durham has a long history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among law enforcement and national security officials. He was appointed to the federal bench in 2017 by President Trump. Mr. Durham has even investigated the use or misuse of FBI informants.” In fact, one of his best-known investigations was an investigation of the FBI’s handling of the mass murderer and Boston mobster Whitey Bulger. This is very significant.
It was Robert Mueller III… Keep in mind (we’ve talked about this a few times, but it’s been a while, and I don’t know how many of you are gonna remember this) it was Robert Mueller III, Mr. Integrity, Mr. Honorable, who kept four innocent people in prison for decades in order to keep Whitey Bulger from being exposed as an FBI informant. Four people. Four people who were innocent were kept in jail for years in order to protect the status of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informant.
Back in the late 1990s, there were “allegations that FBI informants James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi had corrupted their handlers, [so] Attorney General Janet Reno named Durham special prosecutor in 1999 to investigate the FBI’s Boston office’s informants. In December 2000, Durham revealed secret FBI documents that convinced a judge to vacate the 1968 murder convictions of” four other FBI informants because they’d been framed by Robert Mueller’s FBI.
“In 2007,” to help protect Whitey Bulger (that’s what all those people were held in jail for) “the documents helped Salvati, Limone, and the families of the two other men who had died in prison win a US $101.7 million civil judgment against the government.” Robert Mueller III! How did the guy end up being the special prosecutor? He kept four innocent people in jail for years to protect the informant status of Whitey Bulger, a mass-murdering Boston mobster who ended up dying in California, and it ended up costing the government $100 million plus in civil judgments.
So if you ask me, Barr could not have picked a man with better experience. Not only has Durham gone up against the FBI and won before and even Mueller, he has investigated the FBI’s use of informants, which played a larger role in the inception of the FBI’s case against the Trump campaign. This seems like an inspired choice. And as I say, Fox News is reporting that their sources are telling them that John Durham has been on the job for weeks.
“The U.S. attorney appointed to examine the origins of the Russia investigation has been working on his review ‘for weeks,’ a person familiar with the process told Fox News on Tuesday, to probe ‘all intelligence collection activities’ related to the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.” So this has a lot of people very, very nervous. In addition to this, the just recently retired deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is out making speeches, and he is unloading on James Comey. Just unloading on him.
“Rod Rosenstein unloaded on former FBI Director James Comey in remarks to the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) on Monday evening, slamming Comey’s turn as a ‘partisan pundit,’ reiterating that [Comey] deserved to be fired, and faulting him for trampling ‘bright lines that should never be crossed.'” This is, in large part, due to Comey’s now-famous press conference on July 5th where he went out there and listed everything they had discovered in their investigation of Hillary Clinton, her server and her emails, and then announced they weren’t gonna charge her and that no prosecutor would because they couldn’t find any intent...
This has been a political operation from day one.
The Steele dossier is all they had. It’s a political opposition product, and there’s never been anything… This has never been a criminal investigation, and even they admit that. They called it a counterintelligence investigation. It’s always been nothing but political. The Justice Department has been weaponized, or was weaponized, by agents opposed to Donald Trump. The criminal justice system was used as a political operation, and it was hidden under the disguise of a legitimate intelligence investigation.
So people were led to believe that there was really serious intelligence that the Russians had tampered with the election and colluded with Trump. That was never proven. There was never any evidence of it. It was totally politicized. Now here’s Clapper, “The predicate for all this was the Russians, dozens of cases where Russian operatives, some of whom were known to have intelligence connections were trying to engage with the Trump campaign.”
He can say that because the Russians always do that. There’s nothing unique about it. What he doesn’t say is the Trump campaign resisted every one of their scams. These things that Clapper is talking about were performed by FBI informants. It was FBI informants that attempted to get involved in the Trump campaign who were then going to call their contacts in Russia so as to so-called prove a connection or collusion. But the other thing he said here that is very interesting to me. He said, “I don’t know why they’re doing this now.
“There’s already one substantial investigation, which I understand is nearing completion, and that’s the inspector general investigation of the FISA warrant process that was abused and perhaps corrupted here.” What Clapper is saying is, “Why are we doing this while that investigation is ongoing?” What he is implying here is, “Why don’t we wait to see what that turns up before doing this?” I have an answer.
It’s a theory. It’s not an answer. It’s a theory. My theory is that Barr already knows much of what the IG report is going to say, and that is the reason for hiring Durham. I think we’ve all had advance knowledge of some of the things that the inspector general’s found, like yesterday’s leak was that the IG investigation will focus on a lot of media complicity in this whole FISA and Russia collusion story.
So I think whatever the inspector general has found is known, and what has been learned and discovered in that investigation is the reason, one of the reasons why Barr has named Durham. So, Mr. Clapper, I think the answer is that there’s a head start that’s taken place here, and the people doing the investigating know a lot more than you probably think they know — and what they have found out is why they think they need to investigate further...
I checked the email during the break, and I got a bunch of people sending me notes. “I don’t care about this guy’s resume. I’m fed up with hearing about people’s resume!” They’re talking about the guy that Barr has appointed. “I’m gonna wait see results. I don’t care what this guy’s done. You know, that’s all we get. We get resumes, we get past history, we get performance, we get our hopes raised, we get our expectations raised, and then nothing ever happens.
“So you can stuff this guy’s resume, Mr. Limbaugh, as far as I’m concerned. I’m waiting to see if anybody delivers on this.” I understand the sentiment, folks. I understand the sentiment. I can count as easily as you can the number of times over whatever length of time in the past you want, 30 years, 10 years, 15, five, it doesn’t matter. The number of times we’ve been led to believe that heads are gonna roll, things are gonna happen, the bad guys are gonna get caught. I mean, for two years we’ve been, “Breaking news! Breaking news!
“The bottom’s gonna fall out tomorrow,” and it never does. “Breaking news! Breaking news! Heads are gonna roll tomorrow,” and they never do. “Breaking news! Breaking news! Full operation exposed, details tomorrow morning,” whatever. Never happens. I understand that. But I think it’s only… I mean, it’s incumbent on me to tell you who the guy is. It’s incumbent upon me to give you some of his track record and some of his histoire, because it does provide at least a potential road map.
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