Conservative media and former federal prosecutors are highlighting a portion of the recent CBS News interview with Attorney General William Barr, where Barr informed the public that after U.S. Attorney John Huber was tapped to investigate the FISA applications to target the Trump campaign for spying and the subsequent electronic surveillance of Carter Page, Huber "stood back and put that on hold while the Office of Inspector General was conducting its review."
Coverage of that statement has been highly critical of Huber's inaction despite the AG stating directly after that this "would've been normal for the department," but what is being downplayed and in many cases totally ignored, is the rest of AG Barr's answer, where he describes what Huber has been working on while awaiting the IG to conclude his investigation.
Here is the entire answer, the emphasis in bold type mine, via the full transcript at CBS News:
JAN CRAWFORD: Um, what's the status of Huber's investigation in Utah? I think the former Attorney General Sessions had asked him to look at this.
WILLIAM BARR: Right, so Huber had originally been asked to take a look at the FISA applications and the electronic surveillance but then he stood back and put that on hold while the Office of Inspector General was conducting its review, which would've been normal for the department. And he was essentially on standby in case Mr. Horowitz referred a matter to him to be handled criminally. So he has not been active on this front in recent months and so Durham is taking over that role. The other issues he's been working on relate to Hillary Clinton. Those are winding down and hopefully we'll be in a position to bring those to fruition.
In the short clip below, viewers can hear Barr's full answer, as well as former federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani blasting Huber's choice to await the IG report and referrals.
Other former federal prosecutors like Joe diGenova agree with Giuliani and have been openly critical of Huber's actions or lack of action while working in coordination with the DOJ's Office of Inspector General in regards to the FISA warrants and spying of the Trump campaign, but we are seeing an almost-total media blackout on what AG Barr says Huber has been investigating in the meantime....specifically the myriad of Clinton-related issues.
While multiple congressional investigations are ongoing into the FISA warrant issues and the actions on the part of former senior level members of the intelligence community (IC) under Obama, in regards to spying, as well as an ongoing review of the same matters by the DOJ's Inspector General's office, with U.S. attorney John Durham being appointed to take over Huber's role for AG Barr's investigation into the same matter.... Huber's team of senior prosecutors are the only group we are aware of to date, that are still investigating a number of Clinton-related legal issues.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS - THE HUBER INVESTIGATIONS
What many observers are not aware of is that while it wasn't until March 2018, the general public found out that John Huber was appointed to work with the DOJ IG's office to investigate potential wrongdoing on the part of senior level IC officials under Obama, Huber was originally tasked with investigating a number of Clinton-related issues back in November 2017.
In October 2017, John Solomon at The Hill revealed that the "FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow, in where he also exposed the following:
Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.
They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.
The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.
Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions.
Due to a Freedom of Information Act request by the liberal group American Oversight Org., it wasn't until March 2019 that it was finally revealed that former AG Jeff Sessions originally appointed Huber to investigate a number of issues, unrelated to FISA/Obama-era intelligence officials, but rather his primary mandate was investigations into a number of Clinton related matters, including Uranium One.
On November 22, 2017, Sessions sent a letter to John Huber tasking him with reviewing issues that Congressional members had asked the AG to investigate. Attached to that letter were response letters that Sessions had sent to congressional members, which stated "This responds to your letters dated July 27, 2017, and September 26, 2017, in which you and other Members request the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate various matters, including the sale of Uranium One, alleged unlawful dealings related to the Clinton Foundation and other matters........"
Those letters informed members of congress that senior federal prosecutors had been tasked with reviewing the issues brought to his attention by Congress.
In order to determine what other investigations Huber had originally been charged with leading a team of senior federal prosecutors to investigate, we go to the July 27, 2017, and September 26, 2017, letters from Congress to former AG Sessions.
In the first letter, signed by 20 members of Congress, they asked a Special prosecutor be appointed to investigate items they believed Special Counsel Robert Mueller was not investigating, calling them a "plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath," unrelated to Russia interference, including "actions taken by previously public figures like Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."
Those issues, as stated in that letter, include:
1) Then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch directing Mr. Comey to mislead the American people on the nature of the Clinton investigation;
2) The shadow cast over our system of justice concerning Secretary Cliton and her involvement in mishandling classified information;
3) FBI and DOJ's investigative decisions related to former Secretary Clinton's email investigation, including the propriety and consequence of immunity deals given to potential Clinton co-conspirators Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, John Bentel and possibly others;
4) The apparent failure of the DOJ to empanel a grand jury to investigate allegations of mishandling of classified information by Hillary Clinton and her associates;
5) The Department of State and its employees' involvement in determining which communications of Secretary Clinton's and her associates to turn over for public scrutiny;
6) Wikileaks disclosures concerning the Clinton Foundation and its potentially unlawful international dealings;
7) Connections between the Clinton campaign, or the Clinton Foundation, and foreign entities, including those from Russia and Ukraine;
8) Mr. Comey's knowledge of the purchase of Uranium One by the company Rosatom, whether the approval for the sale was connected to any donations made to the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played in the approval of that sale that had national security ramifications.
9) Disclosures arising from unlawful access to the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) computer systems, including inappropriate collusion between the DNC and the Clinton campaign to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign;
The other five issues addressed include what Comey and Lynch knew of president Trump being wiretapped, Comey's reliance on Fusion GPS, Comey leaks, and the unprecedented amount of "unmasking" of individuals on the trump campaign, transition team or both by Comey, Lynch, Susan Rice, Samantha Powers and others.
Note: Some of these issues are will possibly be addressed in the upcoming IG report to some extent, which any criminal referrals will then be handed over to Durham,but any that is outside the IG's scope in his investigation that are not handed over to Durham will fall under the purview of the Huber investigation.
The September 26, 2017 letter focuses on the premature exoneration of Hillary Clinton, before she and other witnesses had even been interviewed by the FBI.
Because of the overlapping investigations, Durham and Huber are working in direct coordination with the DOJ's Inspector General's Office, which is why both are awaiting the final report, along with any criminal referrals may be attached.
The most shocking of statements by AG Barr in his CBS News interview is the one sentence that almost all liberal media outlets are completely ignoring, which is that Hillary Clinton, Uranium One, the actions of former IC members unrelated to Russia or the the actions taken against President Trump by those former officials, is still pending, was and still is John Huber's primary mandate, handed to him well before the public was first informed and months before Sessions piled the FISA investigation onto Huber's plate.
According to AG Barr, those Clinton-related investigations are "winding down and hopefully we'll be in a position to bring those to fruition."
One has to wonder what "bring those to fruition" actually means.
It is apparent that none of those results and/or reports will be issued before the IG issues upcoming report within the next few weeks.
Editors Note: While I am not holding my breath for this to take us directly to the top of the Obama administration corruptness, I am also not going to join in with the chorus of critics that are more than willing to speculate that nothing at all will be done about the corrupt actions of a number of individuals before the investigations are complete and the results known to the public.
We do not have the results, the reports, or the criminals referrals referenced by many that are expected to be attached, so to me, preemptively criticizing documents that aren't even released yet, along with "expected" action or inaction, seems a bit premature, and frankly, too much like what liberals did the entirety of the Mueller investigation by "assuming" they knew what would or would not happen.
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