Lawyer Up

Maybe it is time to lawyer up…..

By Jon Dougherty

A report in The New York Times late Wednesday likely spells very dire news for some of former President Obama’s ranking federal law enforcement and intelligence community officials.

Granted, we tend to take NY Times reporting with a grain of salt when it comes to all things “Spygate,” but if true, fired FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper might want to “lawyer up,” said Fox News host Sean Hannity last night on his show.

According to the Times, U.S. Attorney John ‘Bull’ Durham wants to interview senior CIA officials regarding the origins of the Spygate probe — and it’s not likely just an off-the-cuff, off-the-record chat like the kind Comey had with Hillary Clinton in 2016:

Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation, according to people briefed on the matter, indicating they are focused partly on the intelligence agencies’ most explosive conclusion about the 2016 election: that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia intervened to benefit Donald J. Trump.

The interview plans are the latest sign the Justice Department will take a critical look at the C.I.A.’s work on Russia’s election interference. Investigators want to talk with at least one senior counterintelligence official and a senior C.I.A. analyst, the people said. Both officials were involved in the agency’s work on understanding the Russian campaign to sabotage the election in 2016.

While the Justice Department review is not a criminal inquiry, it has provoked anxiety in the ranks of the C.I.A., according to former officials. Senior agency officials have questioned why the C.I.A.’s analytical work should be subjected to a federal prosecutor’s scrutiny. Attorney General William P. Barr, who is overseeing the review, assigned the United States attorney in Connecticut, John H. Durham, to conduct it.

It should be noted that a) the Justice Department doesn’t do anything but ‘criminal inquiries,’ so the Times’ effort to downplay the significance of this development is typical Left-wing pabulum; b) if this wasn’t a ‘criminal inquiry,’ then you have to ask why folks within the CIA are so nervous and full of “anxiety.”

Oh, and Gina Haspel, the current CIA director, is instructing her agency to cooperate fully — another sign that this is a legitimate ‘criminal inquiry’ and not just some random fact-finding exercise:

Ms. Haspel will not block the interviews and has told the agency that talking with Mr. Durham need not jeopardize secrets and is consistent with cooperating with Mr. Barr’s inquiry.

As for Hannity, his sources have been really good regarding ongoing developments in the Spygate case. He noted during his opening monologue Wednesday evening that Durham’s probe is going international — “pay attention to Italy, Great Britain, and Australia,” he said, mentioning three U.S. allies, two of which are members of the “Five Eyes” global intelligence-sharing agreement (the U.K. and Britain).

“High-ranking former bureaucrats [of the deep state], they are in deep, deep, trouble tonight, and there’s no stopping this train,” Hannity noted.

In a separate appearance on Fox News, John Yoo, former assistant attorney general under the George W. Bush administration, said it’s natural that the Justice Department, under Attorney General William Barr’s instructions to get to the origins of the ‘Russiagate’ probe, would want his people to talk to the intelligence community.

After all, that’s where it began.

Yoo got to the nub of the issue.

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