Speaking with the Daily Caller’s Stephanie Hamill on Tuesday, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton made clear that he doesn’t have high hopes about indictments coming from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s “investigation of the investigators.”
In the exclusive interview, Fitton, whose organization serves as a government watchdog group, said his “expectations are low.”
“I don’t think there will be serious prosecutions of senior-level Obama administration officials, maybe an FBI agent here or there like Peter Strzok or [Kevin] Kleinsmith,” Fitton said Tuesday, according to the Daily Caller.
“We should be concerned”
Indeed, though Fitton expressed his hope that Durham “digs deep” into efforts on the part of FBI investigators to go after President Donald Trump and his allies — including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — the conservative activist seemed skeptical that those truly responsible for what many have called a “hoax” investigation into alleged Trump–Russia collusion would be held to account.
His remarks came just weeks after the Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Bill Barr, moved to drop all charges against Flynn for allegedly lying to investigators, as Politico noted. The move came after newly released documents seemed to suggest that FBI agents were trying to trap the former Army general in a lie.
It was later revealed that several Obama administration officials, including former Vice President Joe Biden, had asked for the FBI to “unmask” Flynn in the bureau’s official reports on the probe.
“We should be concerned…the top levels of the Obama administration were essentially spying on Gen. Flynn, unmasking him in ways that looked to me to be unprecedented,” Fitton told Hamill in his Tuesday interview. “I haven’t heard any reasonable explanation that Flynn should have been unmasked by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, [John] Brennan… Of course, [James] Comey did it as well.”
Fitton went on: “It looked to me like Obama and his gang were using our…intellgience agencies as their own little Google to go figure out what the Trump team was doing, in a way to concoct crimes against them, as we saw with Gen. Flynn… They ambushed him.”
“I just don’t see it happening”
Fitton also took issue with the judicial system’s treatment of Flynn, lamenting to Hamill Tuesday that “now we’ve got the courts abusing Gen. Flynn, unfortunately, inviting partisans to come in to try to see if they can get him to continue to be prosecuted.”
That was a reference to Judge Emmet Sullivan’s recent refusal to dismiss Flynn’s charges despite the Justice Department’s efforts. Sullivan has even invited a former federal judge into the fray, tasking him with deciding whether to recommend that Flynn face additional charges, according to USA Today.
As Fitton noted Tuesday, the retired Army general has since filed an emergency appeal asking that the appellate court issue a writ of mandamus that would remove Sullivan from the case and dismiss the charges. In the meantime, many Trump supporters are wondering if charges are soon coming for those who started the probe that allegedly entrapped Flynn in the first place — but Fitton warned not to hold your breath.
“Durham’s been operating for 13 months, they’ve had opportunities to prosecute both Comey and [Andrew] McCabe on charges that were pretty cut and dry, [and] they refused to. So I’m suspicious that they’ll prosecute them on much more complex charges involving lying to the FISA court or unmasking anyone,” the Judicial Watch chief told Hamill. “I just don’t see it happening.”
Take a look at Fitton’s full interview, courtesy of the Daily Caller: