The Three Stooges Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times
Intelligence abuses could be revealed in the coming days
By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Washington Times, October 29, 2019
It has taken a long time, but finally the Justice Department is training its guns on what heretofore was unthinkable, unless you are a career civil libertarian. For years the civil libertarians have been warning us that the intelligence community posed a threat to democracy, as we know it in these United States. Every so often they would point to some excess of the FBI or the CIA and tell us that the lights were going out in democratic America. Does not The Washington Post run atop its front page the maudlin line, “Democracy Dies in Darkness”?
Well, the darkness descended upon Donald Trump the moment he decided to run for president. The FBI and CIA, in cahoots with Mrs. Hillary Clinton and those popularizing the infamous “dossier” she financed, threw a blanket of darkness over his campaign.
Late last week we learned that what had been a Justice Department administrative review had suddenly become much more serious. It has become a criminal inquiry. That means the Justice Department believes there is sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed. Now the prosecutor in charge, John H. Durham, will have the power to subpoena witnesses’ testimony and documents. He can convene a grand jury and file criminal charges. My guess is that he has already convened a grand jury. Mr. Durham and Attorney General William Barr have been looking into the origins of the Obama administration’s spying on President Trump. Just how did it begin? And who exactly started it? They are clearly unsettled by the answers they have found so far. ….