“IT’S ALL STARTING TO UNRAVEL”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 19, 2020) — On July 19’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, a former congressman, told host Maria Bartiromo, “I expect indictments” to result from the Justice Department’s probe into the origins of the “collusion” investigation launched by the FBI into the 2016 Trump campaign.
Declassified documents have shown that key investigators in the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” probe alleging ties between the campaign and the Kremlin were regarded skeptically in early 2017, months prior to the hiring of a Special Counsel to continue the investigation and with no hard evidence in hand.
After 22 months, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller, III’s team, consisting of primarily politically-left-leaning prosecutors, reported it could not substantiate the allegations.
Meadows told Bartiromo that not only does he “expect indictments,” but that he also believes “Americans expect indictments” to result from Attorney General William Barr’s appointing of U.S. Attorney John Durham to discover why and how a criminal probe was launched into a presidential campaign without sufficient predication.
A December 9, 2019 DOJ Inspector General’s report stated that the FBI launched its investigation with adequate predication while acknowledging the “low threshold” required to do so (page 6). However, the report cited the FBI for errors and omissions which brought into question the legitimacy of four surveillance warrants the FBI was granted on former 2016 Trump informal adviser Carter W. Page.
The latter two warrant applications are considered invalid, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) wrote in a scathing rebuke of both the Justice Department and its FBI subsidiary.
Meadows told Bartiromo he believes “it’s time” for indictments to be issued. “It’s all starting to unravel,” he said.
For his part, Barr suggested last month in an interview with Bartiromo that Durham’s probe will yield “developments” over the summer.
In a July 9 exclusive, Fox News reported that Durham may not conclude the investigation until “after the 2020 presidential election.” “U.S. Attorney John Durham is under pressure to wrap up his investigation into the origins of the Russia probe by the end of the summer…Two sources familiar with Durham’s investigation told Fox News this week that Durham is working expeditiously to try to finish the probe by the end of summer, but that several lines of investigation are not yet complete,” the article states.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.