The announcement last week, that the investigation into the origin of Russiagate by Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham has shifted from an "administrative review" to a "criminal inquiry", has profound implications for those involved in running the regime change coup against President Trump. This change means that Durham now has subpoena power to gain access to documents, can impanel a Grand Jury, and can file criminal charges. According to ABC News, Durham is looking into the actions of former CIA Director John Brennan, and Obama's Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, both of whom played pivotal roles in initiating the "Get Trump" regime change operation.
Clapper displayed the demeanor of a cornered rat in an interview with CNN. Asked about the criminal inquiry being undertaken by Durham, Clapper said that he had been investigating "Russian interference" on orders of the Commander-in-Chief, i.e., President Barack Obama. He asked if he and others should have been expected to reject what Obama "told us to do," thereby acknowledging that the former President authorized the convening of the task force. He then doubled down in this line of defense, adding that it is "disconcerting...to be investigated for having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the President." Perhaps Clapper has never considered that Nazi war criminals did not escape culpability at Nuremberg by claiming they were "just following orders." One can assume Obama is not pleased by Clapper's admissions.
Clapper has long held Russophobic views. For example, in May 2017, he said on NBC-tv's "Meet the Press" that he believes that Russians are "almost genetically driven" to interfere with American democracy, a formulation he repeated in Australia a year later, when he said they are genetically anti-democratic.
The former DNI should have been prosecuted earlier for lying when he told a Congressional inquiry into NSA domestic spying that there is no spying going on, or data being collected, against American citizens. When he later retracted the comment, he insisted he had not lied, but had "misspoken." If he engages in such "misspeaking" before a Durham-led Grand Jury, he will be looking at serious jail time.
As for Brennan, former CIA analyst Larry Johnson wrote on the website "Sic Semper Tyrannis", run by former intelligence operatives, that a CIA official told him that Brennan opened a "Trump Task Force" at the CIA in early 2016, with the backing of Clapper. This source told him that Brennan spoke with operatives in MI-6, (British intelligence) and Australian, Italian and Israeli spies, enlisting them in a campaign to spy on Trump and his campaign. The source said that this is the network involved in entrapping retired General Michael Flynn, Trump's choice for National Security Adviser, and George Papadopoulos. He added that Brennan involved Ukrainian networks, to manufacture intelligence to use against Paul Manafort. Barr and Durham were recently in Rome gathering evidence of this collaboration, while their investigators are approaching officials in the other nations identified by this source.
The Flynn case will be especially explosive, as his attorney, Sidney Powell, has received documents confirming FBI misconduct in Flynn's case, including rewriting the "302" interview reports from Flynn's initial interrogation, to create the appearance that he lied. Involved in this were FBI attorney Lisa Page, and her illicit lover, FBI special agent Peter Strzok, both of whom figure prominently in the investigation by DOJ Inspector General Horowitz, into FBI misconduct in the filing for FISA warrants against Trump official Carter Page.
These ongoing cases, and not the flimsy, fraudulent charges against Trump related to seeking an alleged "quid pro quo" from Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, will likely shape the political environment heading into the 2020 election.