AG Bill Barr Announces Durham Probe is Now a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Sean Hannity opened his show on Thursday tonight with breaking news —  Attorney General Bill Barr says Prosecutor John Durham’s investigation is now a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION!

** The Change in Status Gives Investigators Ability to Subpoena Witnesses, Use Grand Jury

 

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BREAKING: NYT Reports that DOJ Durham probe has “shifted” from an administrative review of the Russia investigation “to a criminal inquiry.” We’re digging. More at 11p @FoxNews @FoxNewsNight

** NYT Reports that DOJ Durham probe has “shifted” from an administrative review of the Russia investigation “to a criminal inquiry.”

More from The New York Times, via Conservative Treehouse:

For more than two years, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia investigation, portraying it as a hoax and illegal even months after the special counsel closed it. Now, Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began.

Justice Department officials have shifted an administrative review of the Russia investigation closely overseen by Attorney General William P. Barr to a criminal inquiry, according to two people familiar with the matter. The move gives the prosecutor running it, John H. Durham, the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to impanel a grand jury and to file criminal charges.

…] The move also creates an unusual situation in which the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into itself.

Mr. Barr’s reliance on Mr. Durham, a widely respected and veteran prosecutor who has investigated C.I.A. torture and broken up Mafia rings, could help insulate the attorney general from accusations that he is doing the president’s bidding and putting politics above justice.

It was not clear what potential crime Mr. Durham is investigating, nor when the criminal investigation was prompted. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
[…] Federal investigators need only a “reasonable indication” that a crime has been committed to open an investigation, a much lower standard than the probable cause required to obtain search warrants. However, “there must be an objective, factual basis for initiating the investigation; a mere hunch is insufficient,” according to Justice Department guidelines.

Hillary Might Be Squirming Tonight

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Independent Sentinel

The Washington Post is reporting that the staffer who set up Hillary’s private server has been granted immunity as “part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.”

Hillary Clinton claimed it was a security review but it’s obviously a criminal investigation.

The staffer Bryan Pagliano is cooperating with the FBI prior to interviews with Clinton and her aides.

In a statement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said: “As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Department of Justice’s security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed.”

He also said that the campaign is “pleased” that Pagliano, who invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before Congress, is now cooperating with prosecutors. The campaign had encouraged Pagliano to testify before Congress.

I’ll bet they’re pleased. He obviously took the Fifth until he was granted immunity.

There was “wrongdoing”, the Post quoted the senior law enforcement official, but was it “criminal?”

If they have to ask the question, they truly having been paying attention.