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Jeff Sessions: Senior federal prosecutor already investigating DOJ/FBI abuse, no Special Counsel needed yet

Jeff Sessions: Senior federal prosecutor already investigating DOJ/FBI abuse, no Special Counsel needed yet

U.S. Attorney John Huber investigation separate from DOJ Inspector General investigation

The breaking news last night was that the DOJ Office of Inspector General announced it was launching an investigation of possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court abuse.

The presumption, though not literally in the OIG announcement, was that it concerned the FISA warrant to surveil Carter Page based on the Steele dossier.

I wrote that an OIG investigation was “investigation is fine, we need to have a person empowered to empanel a grand jury and with the full force of criminal investigatory tools. Because if the scandal is as many people suspect, we need to be talking about locking people up, not just issuing a report.”

Tonight it was confirmed what Jeff Sessions had previously intimated, that there already is a criminal investigation of possible DOJ/FBI misconduct.

Fox News reports:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed Thursday a federal prosecutor was evaluating certain issues involving the FBI, the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, but said he would not appoint a second special counsel at this point.

In a letter directed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Sessions revealed that he asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead the evaluation into issues raised by the committees in recent months.

“I write in response to recent letters requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote, noting how important it was that the American people and Congress had “confidence” in the Justice Department….

“Mr. Huber is conducting his work from outside the Washington D.C. area and in cooperation with the Inspector General,” Sessions said, noting that Huber’s review would “include a full, complete, and objective evaluation of these matters in a manner that is consistent with the law and facts.” …

“I receive regular updates from Mr. Huber and upon the conclusion of his review, will receive his recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel,” Sessions said.

So we have someone with “lock them up” investigatory powers. That’s good.

But notice something interesting? We haven’t heard anything about the investigation so far. Which means either that nothing has been done, or Huber’s team is not leaking like a sieve, unlike the Mueller investigation.

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Sessions has been had again. No doubt Rosenstein selected the candidates, McCabe or Comey the FBI agents to be assigned. Wray is doing just enough to keep his job, so it is obvious he was always part of the deep state.

    Barry in reply to puhiawa. | March 30, 2018 at 1:55 am

    When the entire apparatus of the government is corrupt and criminal, it takes time. Give the man a break.

    Dave in reply to puhiawa. | March 30, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Actually, Rosenstein is Huber’s boss. How does that work when it comes to investigating FISC abuse when Huber’s boss is one of the signatories to a FISA warrant request that hid information from the judge?

      Barry in reply to Dave. | March 30, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      “Actually, Rosenstein is Huber’s boss.”

      I don’t think so. Why do you say this? In any event, you do understand who Rosenstein’s boss is, right?

      There is a theory that Rosenstein, who came in later, was misled into signing off on the last of the FISA warrants.

      I have no clue and Rosenstein might be dirty. But I see no reason to think so at this point in time.

        Randy131 in reply to Barry. | March 31, 2018 at 12:51 am

        Rosenstein is dirty, when he and Comey were lawyers at the DOJ, they had FBI Director Mueller stop the Russian investigation and hide the evidence from the authorizing committee and the US Congress so the Clinton’s Uranium One sale would go through. There are also other things, but I’ll keep this short.

    MattMusson in reply to puhiawa. | March 30, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I disagree. If you can read between the lines, you see significant evidence that investigation is ongoing. Sundance at TheConservativeTreeHouse has been pointing out for months that someone was investigating and it was not Congress and not the IG.

    I think that Sessions intentionally picked someone from the heartland who would em panel a heartland Grand Jury that has no problem indicting government employees for wrongdoing.

    And, Sessions did not even tell the WhiteHouse because he wanted this to fly under the radar.

      murkyv in reply to MattMusson. | March 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm

      Would that mean if there were to be a criminal trial, it would be held in the same area of the country as the Grand Jury and not in DC?

casualobserver | March 29, 2018 at 8:57 pm

Maybe the absence of leaks just means nothing the media could use to further their nonstop cry for impeachment has been shared yet.

    sidwhite in reply to casualobserver. | March 30, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Lifison of AT this AM quoted DOJ spokesperson that “Utah US Atty on this since “before November 14 letter.” Still no leaks. Press has now been “sickbed” on his entire crew.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to casualobserver. | March 30, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I think that the absence of leaks may be at least partially because the prosecutor, and likely the grand jury, are in the middle of flyover country. Worse, it is in the home of the Mormons, who don’t really like outsiders, and esp ones from DC or NYC. Esp godless ones who work for the MSM. Plus they are pretty good at keeping secrets from outsiders. All in all, probably a good choice.

Perhaps we’ll find out why the left and establishment went on their foreign collusion adventure, the female chauvinist-inspired warlock hunts for DNC supremacy, and the press’s smearing of American citizens, while abandoning the children in Florida. Another “fast and furious” operation and cover-up?

The potential targets know, and have known.

Wellhell, wellhell, well…

Sessions was doing things that nobody knew about all along.

Though some of us “knew”.

    Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Sure, you’ve been telling us Sessions was a swell guy all along. /s

    In reality, you despised Sessions because he didn’t pick your candidate and went with the object of your sick hatred.

    Sessions is what he has always been, a sharp capable man with a task never seen before.

      Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 30, 2018 at 9:59 am

      “Sessions is what he has always been, a sharp capable man with a task never seen before.”

      And every time SwineReports has called for his firing, or called him a traitor, you’ve been right there to defend him?

      You are full of shit, Butt-hurt Barri.

    Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 1:56 am

    “Though some of us “knew”.”

    perhaps you could point anything you “knew”.

    BS

      Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 30, 2018 at 6:54 am

      I’ve defended Sessions several times here, you old lying nutter.

        Barry in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 9:38 am

        Possible I missed something in between all your deranged Trump hate.

        Pointers, you fat old lying nutter.

        One thing is absolutely certain, and I’ll be happy to point it out if you wish to lie about it – You painted him as a racist as soon as he picked Trump over Cruz.

        Some defense.

          Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 30, 2018 at 9:56 am

          I’ve said several time here that because something is not reported in the press, it still could be happening. I’ve opposed the nutters here who slime Sessions and call him “Mr. Magoo”, like your cult leader who is so gutless he won’t do more than call names on twitter.

          And, of course, you lie. I did mention that Sessions had some issues with race, and that cost him a Federal judgeship. All of which he acknowledged himself.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | March 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

          You are the liar. You knew what you were doing. You attempted to paint him as a racist by using the bogus allegations and never once pointed out just how ridiculous the allegations were.

          He didn’t have “some issues with race”, he had people like you making false allegations.

          Link to where you defended Sessions. I won’t hold my breath.

          As for your “opposing” others, meaningless.

          Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 31, 2018 at 3:08 am

          I don’t have the skills or the time to provide you links. They exist.

          SwineReports could vouch for my Sessions defenses, as could many others here. I have ample reason to doubt they would.

          I did what I said, and you’re a lying old nutter. You will be tomorrow, too. Nothing “matters” but your cult.

        4th armored div in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 9:42 am

        links ?????

It was worth every vote to uncover this progressive mass of collusion, and anti-democratic front that existed under a layer of implicit and explicit privacy (the so-called “deep state”). Water Closet and subsequent cover-up is the gold standard of domestic and foreign politico machinations to target American citizens and Republican party specifically.

Connivin Caniff | March 30, 2018 at 6:30 am

Sessions didn’t seem so hesitant to opt for a special counsel the first time. Unlike the situation with a special counsel, the corrupt DOJ will be able to keep a close watch and tight leash on this Obama appointee, if that will even be necessary. Fire Sessions.

I think Huber (and his team) has been working for a while. Having his name released may mean that his investigation is almost done.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to amwick. | March 30, 2018 at 11:25 am

    The pivotal time seems to have been last summer, when IG Horowitz first notified his superiors about what he had started to find. This was when Peter Strzok was removed from the Mueller investigation. I suspect that that is about the time that a prosecutor was assigned to work with him. It appears that Strzok, Page, Priestap, Baker, and Bruce Ohr (plus, possibly his wife, Nellie, who was the Fusion GOS Russian expert) were flipped. Only Priestap is still at his old job. One key indicator that there was very likely a prosecutor involved apparently is that 4 or those 5 have sworn testimony disclosed in the HPSCI majority report, and the only party that could have taken that testimony was the DoJ/FBI (since they haven’t testified before Congress, despite having been subpoenaed by such), which presumably means by the OIG – BUT only a prosecutor can apparently authorize the release of that testimony outside the DoJ (in this case, to Congresss). And, indeed, it is probable, I would think, that the assigned prosecutor authorized the release of the Strzok/Page emails last year that started this whole thing rolling, and that would likely mean that the two of them were already cooperating with the IG by then, and their cooperation deal was in place, which likely required the involvement of a DoJ prosecutor.

      I mentioned this prosecutor yesterday, anyway, if you read the AG Sessions letter:

      I already have directed senior federal prosecutors to evaluate certain issues…..

      John Huber is leading and has been leading an entire team. This is important point, that, and it is not a surprise, not really.

      Bruce Hayden in reply to Bruce Hayden. | April 1, 2018 at 11:31 am

      A bit late – but what seems to maybe have gone on with McCabe is that he several times testified that he hadn’t authorized leaks – specifically to the WSJ. Turns out, we know who was leaking to the WSJ, and that was Peter Strzok, and we know that because of those text messages we have seen between him and Lisa Page. But when McCabe first testified that he hadn’t authorized the leaks, it is likely that IG Horowitz hadn’t yet known about the text messages. After he did know, then, well, McCabe’s story changed. Whoops. The critical inflection point here seems, again, to be July/August 2017, when Strzok and Page are reassigned – likely right after Horowitz informs Mueller about the text messages. I should add that McCabe was apparently trying to shift his story at precisely the time when lesser discrepancies were being used by Mueller to indict Gen Flynn.

I think that everything has been known for a year or so, and DOJ has been gathering evidence. This is one of those cases where wicked things were done by the book, wink, wink. Not just back, but it will be nearly impossible to get juries consisting of mostly democrats to convict.

But it is possible to get the facts out. Even that is difficult, because the crimes are wrapped in layers of national security.

Interesting that the IG and prosecutor are Obama appointees. That seems strategic.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to Petrushka. | March 30, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Of course, the grand jury is probably back in Utah, which doesn’t have a Democratic majority. Far from it. Moreover, in the heart of Mormon country, the grand jurors can be depended upon to keep their mouths shut.

I understand the rush to get James Comey’s book out now.

David Hogg: “you old lying nutter”

Your Mom.

“Jeff Sessions: Senior federal prosecutor already investigating DOJ/FBI abuse, no Special Counsel needed yet.”

“Special Counsels” were instituted and required to be initiated to prevent anyone, agency, or department in the federal government from being allowed to investigate itself when illegal actions by said person, agency, or department has been discovered. Since the DOJ is part of and under the executive branch of our government, and is overseen and answers to the President, this is why a “Special Counsel” had to be appointed to investigate accusations of illegality by the President. But apparently AG Jeff Sessions does not want to continue form of recusing to ensure an aboveboard honest investigation into his DOJ, but quickly called for one to investigate President Trump.

“the grand jury is probably back in Utah, which doesn’t have a Democratic majority.”

God I hope this is all true. It would go a long way toward restoring my faith in the rule of law.

And good to see you again Bruce. How is our girl over at Althouse? Heard she retired from UW. I miss the old days when her comment section was as interesting as the OP. I don’t fault her, everyone has their flaws. She was an honest liberal and there was something special taking place there for awhile.

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