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
** 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.
By Dr. Laurie Roth
Like most of you, I realize you can’t agree with every TV or radio talk show host on every issue. However, we see the push and necessity to support our own and lift the banner of conservative common sense high, especially with this radical regime in the White House.
As a national radio talk show host therothshow.com , I realize all too much the sound bite theatre, ratings pressure and competition, even jealousy among radio and TV hosts. I am a growing host and have done national radio and TV for years…I understand ego. At the very least hosts want to keep their jobs, grow big and make lots of money during their careers. With all that in mind I find it growingly unforgivable that who I would expect to be leaders in my field, media and entertainment, continue to marginalize, minimize and insult those daring to question Barack Obama’s eligibility.
Not all the big hosts have thrown the ‘questioning’ crowd under the bus including Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. I have heard them on various occasions question Obama’s eligibility. Rush even has called Obama an imposter. Yet it is still far from enough pressure and depth.
Quick, pass the tranquilizer darts, the RINOs are spooked. Karl Rove stomped and pawed the ground in a menacing way with Sean Hannity after Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware. RINO hunting season is in full swing.
The RINOs are prepared to defend their long held turf by way of eating their own. There are, we’re told, issues about O’Donnell’s past about which we are to be concerned.
NOW they’re worried about a candidate’s past? Barack Obama has a far more troubling past than O’Donnell’s real or imagined one and the Republican let that go with nary a snort.
O’Donnell won. In fact, she won by a healthy margin. You know, will of the people and all that. This RINO versus conservative turf battle is actually healthy. Survival requires periodically thinning the herd.
The latest maneuvering by congressional Democrats to make their brand of health care reform a reality has a lot of Washington, D.C. insiders scratching their heads and unable to forecast what is around the bend when it comes to this legislation.
But have the media completely dropped the ball and that is allowing those in power to circumvent constitutional process? According to Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., they have. She had some harsh words for the fourth estate on conservative talker Sean Hannity’s March 16 radio show. (h/t Kevin Eder)
“Well yeah and the other thing is treason media,” Bachmann said. “Where is the mainstream media in all of this not telling this story? This is a compelling story – that the Speaker of the House would even consider having us pass a bill that no one votes on?”
According to Bachmann, this is such an egregious maneuver by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to force through health care reform using the Slaughter Rule, as known as deem and pass, that it warrants her impeachment from the post.
“That should laugh her out of the House and there should be people that are calling for impeachment off of something like this,” Bachmann continued. “That’s how bad this is. I mean, trust me – Dennis Hastert could have never gotten away with this. President Bush never could have gotten away with it.”
But if anything, Bachmann contended this could be a teachable moment in civics for the country. She explained this is what happens when a one-party dominant rule occurs – an abuse of power and the trampling of the United States Constitution.
“And that’s why this is a very useful example to all of us about growing up and being serious and knowing how valuable and important our country is and the value of election,” Bachmann said. “That’s what we’ve learned about the value of this last election with one-party dominance and rule. And this is how they view our most precious, sacred document – the Constitution? They’re going to ignore it? No.”