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When I heard from @rodin that the report on John Durham’s comprehensive investigation wasn’t coming out before the election, I was livid. I’m sure many of you experienced a similar reaction. But I started thinking about the investigation and its results, and realized that we might want to look at them with a revised perspective.
Let’s review the hopes we had when we learned that John Durham was on the case. We hoped that he would provide an incriminating report that would implicate every despicable action taken by the miscreants at the FBI. Perhaps even more important, we wanted justice to be served; after years of watching the attacks on Republicans by the political Left, asking for justice seemed appropriate and fair.
The assumptions we made early on were that the report would be published well before the election, so that the Republicans were less likely to be accused of political motives. We assumed that Joe Biden’s role in these activities would be included, and we would relish his trying to free himself from the entanglement with these outrageous acts. Finally, we wanted to ensure that the results could be acted on by a Republican-appointed Attorney General before the Democrats could bury the information.
So much for hopes, expectations, and assumptions.
But we shouldn’t be surprised. We have no idea why reporting the results has been delayed. We can guess at the reasons: the investigation is still in progress; the AG is afraid of political pushback (which doesn’t sound typical of AG Barr); and we can propose one hundred other reasons. In one sense, I realized, it doesn’t matter.
Consider the following factors:
- Was a report before the election going to be all that helpful? I doubt it. The mainstream media would have ignored it, or discounted it, or made sure that they zeroed in on current issues, claiming that the results were old information. And if the media ignored it, the public would learn next to nothing about what took place. Biden’s people would also have ignored it, stating that Biden doesn’t remember any of the meetings which took place regarding Russian collusion. And no matter how far before the election the information was released, they would cry that the Republicans were trying unfairly to influence election results.
- Is an actual report that critical? I don’t believe that an actual report was promised. Aren’t we most concerned about justice occurring and that some people are actually charged with crimes?
I would like to propose that there is still hope that we will know the results of the investigation. What if Durham releases the results on November 4 or shortly thereafter? The public probably wouldn’t have learned of the results if a report had been released earlier. And if a report is not released immediately, it doesn’t matter. I propose that shortly after the election, Durham and Barr, in a joint press conference, release the names of the people who will go before grand juries for indictment. (I’m not a lawyer so it’s unclear to me whether a grand jury will need to be involved, or if indictments can be made based on Durham’s investigation.) They can promise that the report will be released by a specific time, but shine the spotlight on the criminal activities, and perhaps on those who will lose their jobs.
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I believe that most of us want to ensure that prosecutions are pursued and that people are held accountable for their irresponsible, and in some cases criminal, activities. We may not be able to influence the timing, but we can certainly cry for justice.
Justice must be done.Published in