In May 2019, Attorney General Bill Barr tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham with examining the origins of the infamous Trump–Russia collusion probe, according to The New York Times.
Four months later, as Fox News reported, Durham’s inquiry morphed into a criminal investigation — and according to one former U.S. attorney, it’s now starting to make some people on Capitol Hill feel “very, very” nervous.
“They are frightened”
According to the Washington Examiner, it was former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova who made the stark warning, which came in a radio interview with WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall on Monday. There, diGenova explained why Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and ranking member Mark Warner (D-VA) both have reason to be worried about Durham’s probe — but not before slamming the senator’s hypocrisy on a related issue.
Asked what he thought of President Donald Trump’s push to install Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) as director of national intelligence (DNI), diGenova pointed to how Burr and Warner have reacted.
“How times change. As you will recall, [Ratcliffe] was floated in the past, and he was rejected by the chairman of the committee, Chairman Burr from North Carolina, a dicey Republican. All of a sudden, John Ratcliffe is acceptable to Chairman Burr. Now I wonder why that is,” diGenova remarked. He went on:
Could it have anything to do with the fact that they are frightened, absolutely frightened, of the continued presence of U.S. Ambassador to Germany Rick Grenell in that post as director of national intelligence, given the fact that Ambassador Grenell is a serious, serious bureaucratic infighter who knows how to fire people?
The former U.S. attorney also argued that Burr and Warner “have accepted John Ratcliffe because they have no choice, because the president will continue to name acting directors that Mr. Burr may not like.”
“You’ll notice that Sen. Warner’s name was not even mentioned in the announcement that Burr had approved of the nomination,” he added.
“A massive house cleaning”
But that’s not the only problem affecting the top Intel panel members. “I also think that Burr and Warner are very, very concerned about where the Durham probe is going in looking into activities of those two senators with various lawyers and nonlawyers, including journalists, in the run-up to the leaking of the Carter Page affidavit,” diGenova said Monday, according to the Examiner.
How does that all tie in with Ratcliffe? According to diGenova, the point is that the office of the DNI “has been a disaster since its inception.”
“It was an unnecessary level and layer of bureaucracy that was created by Congress to supervise the intelligence community,” he opined on the radio show Monday. “It was ridiculous, unnecessary, and it led to the farcical hoax about the Russians, the misuse of intelligence estimates, the famous national intelligence assessment that Barack Obama ordered, which was a total fraud.”
DiGenova went on to call the DNI’s office a “renegade agency at this point, along with several other agencies including the FBI and certain career elements inside the Department of Justice.”
“This is the beginning of a massive house cleaning,” the former U.S. attorney concluded. “Trump needs a second term and then, the Deep State is really going to really get some guillotines.”