President Donald Trump shared a post this week alluding to the upcoming criminal prosecution of his enemies in the “Deep State.”
The president retweeted an article Monday claiming that indictments could be handed down as soon as this week in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal probe into the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation, the Washington Examiner reported.
Journalist John Solomon, who was cited in the retweeted article as having alluded to the indictments in a Fox News appearance, later clarified that he was just anticipating the possibility of charges in the future, but he made clear that he believes investigations are growing more serious.
For his part, the president has made no secret of his desire to see certain “coup” plotters held accountable for an alleged conspiracy to undermine him with a “witch hunt” investigation. Such accountability has, so far, proven fruitless, leaving many to wait anxiously for the conclusion of Durham’s criminal probe.
On Monday, Trump shared a post from Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett that cited a recent appearance by Solomon on Lou Dobbs Tonight; there, the journalist teased a “handful” of future indictments, the Examiner reported. Solomon did not explicitly say that indictments were “imminent,” but he pointed to recent activity which, according to Solomon, suggested that individuals could face charges down the line.
More Russia Spygate Indictments Coming ‘This Week’ https://t.co/fRg3HRjdBN
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) April 20, 2020
Solomon later issued a post on Wednesday clarifying that he was not commenting on the exact timeline, but merely speculating, the Examiner reported. “My reporting indicates there is clear evidence that criminal cases are being built that could lead to future indictments or plea deals. Will keep on reporting what I know,” he tweeted.
Solomon also discussed with Dobbs recently revealed evidence of misconduct in the Trump–Russia probe: newly disclosed documents from the Justice Department suggest that Christopher Steele, the British former spy behind a salacious dossier that proved integral to the probe, was part of a Russian disinformation campaign, according to Fox. The dossier played a critical role in justifying warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on a Trump campaign member, Carter Page.
The clock is ticking
Durham, meanwhile, is said to be probing whether there was any improper influence on the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA), which posited that Russia had interfered to help Trump’s campaign, the Examiner reported. He is also said to be drilling into the CIA, which was formerly led by Trump foe John Brennan.
Speculation has long circled Brennan and what role he might have played in promoting the Steele dossier, which ended up in the ICA’s appendix at the behest of James Comey. If Steele was part of a Russian disinformation campaign and the FBI knew that, then the idea that Trump was the beneficiary of Russian interference must surely be reassessed, as Solomon notes in a post on his own website, JustTheNews.com.
While the status of Durham’s probe is unclear, Attorney General Bill Barr has said that he believes Durham may be uncovering something “troubling” and that Trump has “every right” to be frustrated with the Russia probe.
“My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness,” the attorney general told Fox News earlier this month, according to National Review. “There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”
Barr also told Hugh Hewitt this week that indictments are not “imminent” but that Durham would not hesitate to publish his findings in the middle of the 2020 election season, RealClearPolitics reported.
For those involved in what Trump has called a “witch hunt,” it seems the clock is ticking.