Former special counsel Robert Mueller listens to committee members give their opening remarks before he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Federalist Editor Mollie Hemingway put a tweet out Thursday following special counsel Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony Wednesday that suggested the script has flipped regarding any investigation into Russia collusion.
Bill Bennett says yesterday closed out the period of time when GOP was on defense over probes and now begins the time when they’re on offense.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 25, 2019
The Wall Street Journal editorial board seems to agree, publishing a piece that insinuated every matter Mueller declared “beyond his purview” in his testimony should be investigated by Attorney General Barr’s DOJ:
Having failed to prove collusion and obstruction of justice, the cheerleaders of the Robert Mueller investigation are now highlighting his claim this week that Russia is still trying to interfere in U.S. elections. No doubt the Russians are. Which makes it all the more important that the Justice Department finish the half of the Russian-meddling probe that Mr. Mueller didn’t.
We’re referring to the areas that Mr. Mueller said this week were not in his “purview.” We counted nine times the former special counsel resorted to that answer, all in response to questions about the origin story of the FBI counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign.
The good news is that Mr. Barr does seem determined to find the truth. “The use of foreign-intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed,” Mr. Barr told CBS News in May.
There are several key areas to explore. The first that will become public is the investigation by Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz into the FISA warrants against Mr. Page and perhaps others. Were they legitimate and based on solid information? Or were the FISA judges deceived as part of a politically motivated campaign against Mr. Trump? Mr. Horowitz should report sometime this autumn.
Other areas include the private actors such as Fusion GPS, the Democratic law firm Perkins Coie that paid Fusion, the former British spy Christopher Steele and others. What actions did they take and how did they influence the FBI and FISA court?
John Solomon of The Hill, who has really been the reason the Russia collusion story broke wide open, echoed both of those sentiments on Seb Gorka’s show when he told Gorka that Mueller, in demurring on the issue of Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele, admitted there was another investigation looking into those things, a.k.a. Barr and his appointee Durham (video below).
Paybacks are hell, Dems.