Durham’s investigation of Hillary Clinton and her spying on Donald Trump both before and during his presidency might be one of the most important legacies of the Trump presidency.
While much of the other things Trump did were through executive orders and quickly scrapped by Team Biden (such as the Remain in Mexico policy that temporarily proved so effective), Durham’s investigation of the Russiagate hoax has continued, slowly but steadily getting closer to exposing Hillary’s malfeasance.
But now that he’s finally hitting paydirt and delving into the facts about Hillary’s spying operation, many Republicans expect that AG Garland might do something to either limit Durham or stop him entirely, killing the baby in the cradle before it has a chance of turning into a problem for the Democrats.
So, 46 Senators are taking a stand and demanding that AG Garland refrain from doing anything to limit or stop Durham. As Just the News reports, they collectively wrote and signed a letter in which they said:
“We write to seek your assurance that you will continue to respect the prosecutorial independence of Special Counsel John Durham and his staff, while also ensuring he is provided all resources necessary to fully, thoroughly, and completely pursue the investigation for which he was appointed.”
The same JTN article adds that, in addition to demanding Garland respect Durham’s independence and provide him with the resources he needs, they described his findings as:
“highly concerning, and potentially criminal, manipulation and exploitation of federal law enforcement resources to target American citizens, including a presidential candidate, based upon fabricated evidence that had been procured and disseminated by individuals closely connected with a rival political campaign.”
The Washington Times, writing on why such a letter might be necessary, has this to say about when Garland could get involved and what he’d have to do if he did so:
“Under Justice Department regulations, Mr. Garland can only fire Mr. Durham for “good cause,” such as misconduct or conflict of interest. If Mr. Garland moves to terminate the special counsel probe, he must spell out the reason in writing.
However, an attorney general can constrain a special counsel probe by blocking any “investigative or procedural step” Mr. Durham recommends, such as bringing an indictment or subpoena if he determines it is “unwarranted” or “inappropriate.” Mr. Garland is required to notify Congress of such a decision.”
So, Garland would need a “good cause” to fire Durham and get rid of the investigation entirely, but could decide not to pursue any indictments Durham brings, thus shielding Clinton from responsibility while at least pretending to respect Durham’s independence.
Predictably, RINO Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and Bill Cassidy didn’t sign onto the letter.
They’d apparently rather see Clinton get away with framing Trump than do anything that might get uncomfortable and lead to conflict between the Republicans and Democrats, even if only in the courts.
We’ll have to wait and see what Garland does and if he listens to the letter. At the end of the day, the letter could be just a scrap of paper.
However, it might carry with it a warning that if he does take action against the investigation, the soon-to-be GOP-controlled Senate will take more effective action.
But, until and unless Garland involves himself, we won’t know whether the letter was a shot across the bow or a meaningless piece of paper.