Well, some of us around here thought it might be too good to be true, and it turns out we may have been right.
Or maybe not. Read on.
We reported earlier this week that U.S. Attorney John Durham, assigned to conduct an inquiry into the origins of ‘Spygate’ that eventually became a criminal probe, was preparing to interview former CIA Director John Brennan, whom some believe was the mastermind behind the scheme.
In April, former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova even said he had information indicating that Durham was beginning to bring witnesses in under oath before a grand jury, with Brennan as the focus.
But now, according to a new report, while it appears that Durham is expected to interview Brennan, the former CIA director and vehement Trump critic isn’t a suspect.
That’s disappointing, especially if previous claims that Brennan hatched and then guided the plot to undermine President Trump and drive him from office are accurate.
Durham has been on the job for more than a year now, leading some lawyers familiar with the investigation to believe he may be close to the end. One such source told NPR that Durham has asked to interview former President Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, confirming a report by NBC News.
That source said both sides are trying to iron out details for the interview, which largely involves technical questions. The source added that Brennan has been told he is not a target of prosecutors.
Now, NPR isn’t exactly the first outlet deep state operatives go to when they want to leak something major like this. Usually, they’ll go to The New York Times, the Washington Post, or one of the broadcast networks.
Also, the claim that Brennan isn’t a “target of prosecutors” is pretty big news, yet NPR did not lead with that in its story.
So – is he, or isn’t he?
If we had to guess, we’d say probably not, just because there haven’t been any charges at all filed against anyone – even minor players – yet.
And while that might give you the impression that no one is going to be charged at all, it could just be that diGenova is right and that Durham already has some people in mind to charge, based on their alleged grand jury testimony over the past several months.
There’s also something else to fact in. NPR reported this as well:
Democrats are monitoring the status of an investigation by prosecutor John Durham, who appears to be looking at intelligence gathering and other actions by the Obama administration in 2016. Barr tapped Durham to look into the origins of the Russia investigation in May 2019.
When Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., asked Barr whether he would commit to not releasing any report by Durham before the November election, Barr said bluntly, “No.”
From the outset, Barr has indicated that he is perturbed by Obama’s politicization of the Justice Department and the FBI’s purposeful targeting of a major-party candidate for the presidency. Both he and Durham may just be playing their cards very close to their vests, knowing that Washington is a town that thrives on leaks.