Monday, March 29, 2021

Good question

Trump asks whether John Durham actually exists

In April 2019 then-Attorney General William Barr appointed John Durham as special counsel to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion hoax. Since then, we’ve heard nothing from Durham, moving Donald Trump to ask whether Durham even exists. In fact, there is a theory that Durham doesn’t exist. Instead, says the theory, he’s a made-up figure created solely to push a fake narrative about a non-existent investigation.

Wikipedia has John Durham’s bio. The short version is that he’s a Massachusetts native who graduated from law school in 1975, spent two years as a VISTA Volunteer on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana, and then began a lifetime career as a government attorney, working for five years for the State of Connecticut and then, in 1982, becoming a United States prosecutor. In that role, he successfully prosecuted several racketeering and organized crime cases and brought down corrupt politicians in Connecticut.  

He was appointed as a special prosecutor during the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. Under Clinton, he investigated whether FBI informants James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi had corrupted their handlers (yes, they had). Under Bush, he looked into the CIA’s destroying videotapes of detainee interrogations (apparently not). And under Obama, he investigated the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques (which seemed to have petered out).

In April 2019, William Barr announced that John Durham would be special counsel leading an investigation into the origins of the Russia collusion hoax. This ought to have been easy. Congressional hearings, FOIA document releases, and dogged work by citizen investigators made it clear that the entire Russia collusion narrative was a work of fiction that the Hillary camp advanced with the help of compliant and dishonest FBI and CIA agents.

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