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Barr: Durham Not Expected to Investigate Obama or Biden

That’s not, I would argue, an luxury that a Democratic attorney general would afford a former Republican president in the same circumstances.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday during a news conference that he does not expect U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is investigating the Obama administration’s Russia probe, to target Barack Obama or Joe Biden.

But he didn’t rule out that Obama and Biden had abused their offices.

Barr said:

There’s a difference between an abuse of power and a federal crime. Not every abuse of power, no matter how outrageous, is necessarily a federal crime. Now, as to President Obama and Vice President Biden, whatever their level of involvement, based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.

Why Aren’t Democrats Demanding Biden Ask for an FBI Investigation, Like the Did with Kavanaugh?

They suggested it mean his is hiding something.

“Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBIO review these claims Is that the reaction of an innocent person? It is not,” said New York Sen, Kirsten Gillibrand.

So I gather, Joe Biden is hiding something. Let’s ask Kirsten and Chuck to get to the bottom of it!

H/T Washington Free Beacon.

Lindsey Graham: Plot Underway to Shut Down Probe of Origins of Russia Collusion Charges

The MSM and the Democrats don’t like it when the investigation gets turned on them.

Strangely, both Dems and the dutiful soldiers of the Fourth Estate could care less about whether the Obama administration sought unethically and even illegally to either overturn an election or discredit the incoming president.

So now, efforts by the Trump administration to solicit foreign help in this important probe are a scandal, another example of Trump using foreigners to advance his political goals.

Well, the ones who appear to have tried to illicitly destroy their political opponents may well reside in the Obama administration and the Deep State. And Americans need to know what happened.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Sen. Lindsey Graham says an effort is underway to “shut down” Attorney General William Barr’s inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation.

report about President Trump urging the Australian prime minister to help Barr “discredit” special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is just the beginning, the South Carolina Republican said Monday.

“Here’s what bothers me tonight. This New York Times article about Barr talking to Australia is the beginning of an effort to shut down Barr’s investigation to find out how this whole thing started,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Republicans have alleged that foreign intelligence agencies, such as those in Western Europe, may have played a role in eavesdropping on or otherwise monitoring Trump campaign associates in 2016.

“Barr should be talking to Australia. He should be talking to Italy. He should be talking to the U.K. to find out if their intelligence services worked with our intelligence services improperly to open up a counterintelligence investigation of Trump’s campaign. If he’s not doing that, he’s not doing his job,” Graham said.

Whistleblower Complaint Has Nothing New Except Charge Transcript Was Hidden

The whistleblower complaint was released Thursday morning. As far as I can tell, there’s not much in there we don’t already know, other than an allegation that the White House tried to classify the document out of view.

From the complaint:

White House officials told me that they were “directed” by White House lawyers to remove the electronic transciiprt from the computer system in which such transcripts are typically stored . . . instead, the transcript was load into a separate electronic system that is otherwise used to store and hands classified information of an especially sensitive nature One White House official described this act as an abuse of this electronic system because the call did not contain anything remotely sensitive from a national security perspective.

This suggests Democrats may have jumped the gun on impeachment and are in the process of destroying themselves, unless they can somehow develop this as obstruction of justice. As I wrote yesterday, the transcript of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukranian president has no proof of a quid pro quo.

The Ukraine Phone Call is Not Proof of a Quid Pro Quo

Some of you may notice that I took down a post I put up earlier saying exactly the opposite: that it was clear from the transcript of the phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky that Trump had dangled foreign aid in order to get Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.

But I read a comment by one of my many smart readers, Mr. Pibb, who pointed us to a twitter analysis of the call by one of my favorite columnists, Kimberly Strassel. And so I knew I had to read what she said.

Strassel argues, and I have come to agree, that the only thing Trump seems to have asked for in exchange for the money is help for an existing probe into the hacking of the DNC server, a look backward to the 2016 election. This, as far as I can tell, is a legitimate request for assistance in an investigation.

What Strassel also notes is that it is Zelensky who brings up Rudy Giuliani, who was trying to get the Ukrainians to investigate the Bidens. It is only after Zelensky brings it up that Trump asks Ukraine to look into the matter.

Did Trump plan to ask for this anyway? We don’t know. Maybe he did, but it’s far from provable. The distance in the conversation between Trump’s ask and the request for new aid, and the intervening statement by Zelensky bringing up Giuliani, casts reasonable doubt on whether Trump was going to discuss it and whether he would have done so in a way that suggested this was linked to the provision of aid to Ukraine.

It was Zelensky who also brought up the matter of future assistance for Ukraine, not Trump. The president had only mentioned assistance that had previously been given.

Now, I still don’t like that the president effectively asked a foreign leader to intervene in our election by going after one of his opponents. I don’t know that it’s an impeachable offense, though, especially since there are major questions about the legality, and at least the propriety, of what the Bidens did. Hunter Biden was paid $50,000 a month by a Ukrainian company. Good work if you can get it, and in Hunter’s case, he only got it because he was the vice president’s son.

If Democrats try to impeach Trump for simply asking for this investigation of the Bidens, without proof that he used foreign aid as a lever, they will fail. Americans will never support it. And the Democrats will manage to create a circus that will destroy Biden’s candidacy, help Trump win the presidency, and possibly even give Republicans the House. Not to mention further tearing the country apart.

They’d better hope this “whistleblower” has incredible information, or it is the Democrats, not Trump, who have a big problem.

And my apologies for the error.

Trump Will Release Full Call with Ukraine President

Wondering if he set up the media and the Democrats by letting them speculate for days, and he then releases a transcript that shows the conversation was harmless.

Reminds me of Barack Obama letting the birther thing go on and then finally releasing his long-form birth certificate. Similar strategy.

Anyway, we’ll see what it says.

White House May Release Transcript of Trump Ukraine Call

According to ABC News:

Some of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers are discussing whether to release the transcript of a call the president had with the president of Ukraine in July that is the subject of a whistleblower complaint, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

“You’re going to see,” Trump told reporters Monday morning as he entered the UN General Assembly and was asked about the details of that July conversation.

“It’s true what the president said, when foreign leaders come together to speak, they need to be able to speak candidly. I do think that perhaps releasing this kind of a transcript could set a bad precedent,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said during a Monday morning interview with Fox News. “He is willing to do it, I think. There is a lot of other people, lawyers and such that may have a problem with it. We will see what happens.” 

Epstein Visited Bill Clinton in the White House

President Trump suggested there was more to the story of Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein, the former a noted lecher, the latter a lecher, and a pedophile.

Presumably, Trump has access to the White House visitor logs. And perhaps other information as well.

Anyway, according to the Daily Beast:

Days after Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on sex-trafficking charges in New York, Bill Clinton distanced himself from the high-flying financier and convicted sex offender. The former president owned up to just six encounters with Epstein, starting in 2002: four flights on the billionaire’s private jet, a single trip to his Harlem office, and one “brief visit” to his New York apartment, all with staff and security detail in tow. 

Now, a Daily Beast investigation has uncovered ties between Epstein and the Clinton administration that date back to the president’s earliest days in the White House, casting doubt on the oft-circulated narrative that the two only began associating after Clinton left office.   

As early as 1993, records show, Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and attended a donors’ reception hosted by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Around the same time, according to a source familiar with the connection, Epstein visited presidential aide Mark Middleton several times at the White House. Two years later, businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote a personal letter to Clinton thanking him for their talk about the financier. 

“President Clinton knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” Clinton’s spokesperson, Angel Ureña, told The Daily Beast. “Any suggestion to the contrary is both factually inaccurate and irresponsible.”

Watchdog Group Files Ethics Complaint Against Ilhan Omar

President Trump’s favorite new foil allegedly skirted a few rules and laws. Including marrying her brother as part of an immigration fraud scheme. According to the Daily Signal: Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a complaint with the House of Representatives’ ethics office asking for an investigation into possible crimes committed by Minnesota Democratic Rep.… Continue Reading

Wife of Top Trump Investigator Elijah Cummings May Be Involved in Financial Scam

Looks like the investigators may need even more investigating. According to the Washington Examiner: A charity run by the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings received millions from special interest groups and corporations that had business before her husband’s committee and could have been used illegally, according to an IRS complaint filed by an ethics watchdog… Continue Reading

Hannity: “Extraordinarily Damning” Info on Corruption at DOJ May be on the Way

Investigating the conduct of the Obama Justice Department, and the Obama White House – and Obama – in probe the Republican presidential campaign should be a priority for the Senate. Not to mention journalists, most of whom couldn’t care less. According to the Washington Examiner: Fox News host Sean Hannity said Monday his sources are… Continue Reading

Republicans Finally Ready to Investigate Obama DOJ, FBI

I don’t know what’s with the Senate Republicans. They have the same investigative powers as House Democrats, and they mostly sit on their asses. But Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, no doubt after a chat or two with President Trump, is going to get the ball rolling. The press, of course, is completely uninterested in… Continue Reading