Grassley tries to prod prosecutor John Durham out of coma

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley speculated Monday that Attorney General William Barr might wait until after Election Day to issue indictments in the probe led by U.S. Attorney John Durham into FBI and CIA misconduct.

The Iowa Republican tweeted: “Barr recently said ‘this is the closest we have ever come to an organized effort to push a president out of office ‘ leads me to think Durham wont report any prosecutions til after election so as not [to] influence vote. SAD SAD.”

“@realDonaldTrump #CommonSense IF NO PROSECUTIONS TIL AFTER ELECTIONS SAD SAD //just think Flynn Mueller Impeachment/ The deep state is so deep that ppl get away w political crimes/Durham shld be producing some fruit of his labor [sic],” he added.

Durham’s probe is supposed to be reviewing possible misconduct by federal law enforcement and intelligence officials who boosted the Russia hoax against President Donald Trump and his 2016 election campaign.

He was appointed to determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate” by Attorney General William Barr in October last year.

He was empowered to impanel a grand jury and hand down indictments since last fall, but he seems to have slipped into a coma.

Grassley, like other Deep State observers, has been impatiently for Durham to exercise his prosecutorial powers on the numerous documented liars and leakers in the FBI who orchestrated the Mueller investigation, but they have all been living the high life while skating without any charges.

The Justice Department said at least two of four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants used to spy on Carter Page, an American petroleum industry consultant and former foreign-policy adviser to Trump, as well as his campaign, were “not valid.”

Kevin Clinesmith, a former FBI lawyer, is under criminal investigation by Durham after Horowitz found he altered a key document in FISA filings related to Page. The FBI illegally surveilled Page because they suspected him of being an agent of Russia. Page was never charged with wrongdoing.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz also found 17 “significant errors or omissions” the FBI made in its four applications to surveil Page. The IG concluded that the FBI was unable to corroborate allegations that Page was a Russian agent.

The report accused FBI agents of willfully withholding exculpatory information related to Page, and information that was damaging to the credibility of Steele, who implicated Page as a Russian asset.

Internal FBI documents unsealed in April also indicate that former head of FBI counterintelligence Peter Strzok ordered an investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to remain open after investigators failed to dig up “derogatory” information.

Handwritten notes revealed that agents were pondering whether their “goal” was to “get him to lie,” so they could “prosecute him or get him fired.” when questioning him about Russian contacts.

The notes are believed to have been written by former FBI counterintelligence director Bill Priestap. They were taken in January 2017, following a meeting with former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, 

Republicans are also zeroing in on FBI agent Joe Pientka, who participated in the January 24, 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn’s prosecution for one count of making false statements to the FBI. Pientka was also a central figure in the Carter Page probe.

Durham’s probe “is due to be completed sometime this summer,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) said earlier this year. Sources also told Fox News it was expected to conclude between July to September, but the timeline could be extended due to the coronavirus outbreak.