(Liberty Bell) – Former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served as Obama’s “wingman,” in his own words, has issued a chilling warning in the Washington Post to US Attorney John Durham, the man tasked by the current AG Bill Barr to investigate the origins of Spygate.
In the op-ed published Wednesday, Holder slams the no-nonsense, law-and-order Barr for being “unfit” to fill the post he himself once filled, making history as the first AG to be held in contempt of Congress while doing so, by the way.
He also issues a disturbing threat to Durham, buried within the scathing op-ed but no less significant.
…As a former line prosecutor, U.S. attorney and judge, I found it alarming to hear Barr comment on an ongoing investigation, led by John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, into the origins of the Russia probe. And as someone who spent six years in the office Barr now occupies, it was infuriating to watch him publicly undermine an independent inspector general report — based on an exhaustive review of the FBI’s conduct — using partisan talking points bearing no resemblance to the facts his own department has uncovered.
When appropriate and justified, it is the attorney general’s duty to support Justice Department components, ensure their integrity and insulate them from political pressures. His or her ultimate loyalty is not to the president personally, nor even to the executive branch, but to the people — and the Constitution — of the United States.
Career public servants at every level of the Justice Department understand this — as do leaders such as FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Inspector General Michael Horowitz. Their fidelity to the law and their conduct under pressure are a credit to them and the institutions they serve.
Others, like Durham, are being tested by this moment. I’ve been proud to know John for at least a decade, but I was troubled by his unusual statement disputing the inspector general’s findings. Good reputations are hard-won in the legal profession, but they are fragile; anyone in Durham’s shoes would do well to remember that, in dealing with this administration, many reputations have been irrevocably lost.
This is certainly true of Barr, who was until recently a widely respected lawyer. I and many other Justice veterans were hopeful that he would serve as a responsible steward of the department and a protector of the rule of law.
In Holder’s closing statement, he slams Barr as “unfit,” simply because he’s a raging, lawless leftist who doesn’t like that Barr is tracking down all the crimes committed under Holder’s “wingman,” Obama.
Remember, this is the guy who once said “I’m still the President’s wing-man, so I’m there with my boy” slamming the guy currently serving as AG for acting in the current president, and nation’s, interest.
Virtually since the moment he took office, though, Barr’s words and actions have been fundamentally inconsistent with his duty to the Constitution. Which is why I now fear that his conduct — running political interference for an increasingly lawless president — will wreak lasting damage.
The American people deserve an attorney general who serves their interests, leads the Justice Department with integrity and can be entrusted to pursue the facts and the law, even — and especially — when they are politically inconvenient and inconsistent with the personal interests of the president who appointed him. William Barr has proved he is incapable of serving as such an attorney general. He is unfit to lead the Justice Department.
Barr not only serves as AG now, but he was AG before Holder had the job, serving under George H.W. Bush.
Durham, meanwhile, has been a career assistant US attorney, promoted to US Attorney for the District of Connecticut by President Trump in 2017, for 35 years.
Here’s what Durham said that “troubled” Holder:
“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”
“Did Eric Holder obstruct justice in this threat to US Atty Durham?” asked Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.).
“Good reputations are hard-won in the legal profession, but they are fragile; anyone in Durham’s shoes would do well to remember …”
Did Eric Holder obstruct justice in this threat to US Atty Durham?
“Good reputations are hard-won in the legal profession, but they are fragile; anyone in Durham’s shoes would do well to remember …” https://t.co/VVdWQ368K5
— Dan Bishop (@jdanbishop) December 12, 2019