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NEW: Sources believe John Brennan is a focus of the Barr/Durham probe, and Trump has called privately for investigating Brennan—putting his personal "obsession" w/the former CIA director on a collision course with the Justice Department's inquiry. https://t.co/9B1WPXK68l
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 22, 2019
Might we suggest an alternative headline, however?
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 22, 2019
President Donald Trump’s obsession with former CIA director John Brennan could be on a collision course with an ongoing Justice Department probe as Attorney General Bill Barr takes a more hands-on approach to examining the intelligence community’s actions in 2016.
Barr has been meeting with the U.S.’ closest foreign intelligence allies in recent months, making repeated overseas trips as part of an investigation he is overseeing into the origins of the Russia probe and whether any inappropriate “spying” occurred on Trump’s campaign.
As part of that investigation, Barr and John Durham, the federal prosecutor he appointed to conduct it, have been probing a conspiracy theory for which there is little if any evidence, according to several people with knowledge of the matter: that a key player in the Russia probe, a professor named Joseph Mifsud, was actually a Western intelligence asset sent to discredit the Trump campaign — and that the CIA, under Brennan, was somehow involved.
And they’re taking it well:
Using the national law enforcement apparatus to intimidate and punish your enemies is a telltale marker of an authoritarian dictatorship. https://t.co/GmLIfHFYHJ
— Ed Bott (@edbott) October 22, 2019
I don't want to get ahead of my skis here, but using the power of the presidency to investigate perceived political opponents is, is … an impeachable offense. https://t.co/WpgIRO4sV6
— Jamie ?’Grady (@JamieOGrady) October 22, 2019
Oh good, I'm glad that the DOJ is pursuing the president's vendettas. https://t.co/Ja7AXNhZHB
— Robert Schlesinger (@rschles) October 22, 2019
Donald Trump is corrupting our Department of Justice. This is just sick. https://t.co/FA2txP2C5o
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) October 22, 2019
To be continued. . .