Investigative journalist Paul Sperry has dropped a bombshell that will no doubt reverberate through much of official Washington: Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has found “reasonable grounds” to suspect that Obama’s FBI and DoJ violated criminal statutes during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
On Thursday Sperry tweeted: “BREAKING: IG Horowitz has found ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”
BREAKING: IG Horowitz has found "reasonable grounds" for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ's handling of the Clinton investigation/s and has referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 17, 2018
‘Huber’ refers to John Huber, a U.S. attorney from Utah whom Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed in March to look into alleged malfeasance by key FBI and Justice Department officials during the Obama years.
As The National Sentinel reported, Huber retains all of the authority of a special counsel, making him one in everything but name: He can convene a grand jury, issue subpoenas, collect evidence and order witnesses to testify, all the usual authority granted both to special counsels and U.S. prosecutors.
So, if Sperry’s sources are correct, Huber has received what may be only his first criminal referral from Horowitz.
The IG, it should be noted, has also made a criminal referral to the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., regarding allegations against fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Earlier, Horowitz found that McCabe lied, under oath, to federal investigators on multiple occasions regarding his role in leaking sensitive information to The Wall Street Journal.
In addition, Sperry — who has broken news on a number of occasions regarding special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged “collusion” between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia — noted that former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates conspired to trip up President Trump’s first national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.
“BREAKING: Comey/Yates targeted Gen. Flynn in C.I. investigation a yr BEFORE he communicated w Russian ambassador in Dec 2016 as a transition official–and the trigger was Flynn sitting at same table w Putin at Dec 2015 Moscow event, even tho Green Party’s Jill Stein also at table,” he wrote.
BREAKING: Comey/Yates targeted Gen. Flynn in C.I. investigation a yr BEFORE he communicated w Russian ambassador in Dec 2016 as a transition official–and the trigger was Flynn sitting at same table w Putin at Dec 2015 Moscow event, even tho Green Party's Jill Stein also at table https://t.co/mZRLFX0nAD
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) May 17, 2018
Why would they do that? (Related: Giuliani warns America: “Comey should be prosecuted” for leaking classified information.)
It’s possible that Flynn was on the outs, so to speak, with the Deep State. In September 2011, then-Army Maj. Gen. Flynn was given a third star and assigned as the assistant director of national intelligence in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Then, the following year Flynn was nominated by President Obama to become head of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He served in that capacity for a little more than two years, but shy of the normal three-year stint he was expected to serve. He announced his retirement from the Army on April 20, 2014; he stepped down from his post later that year.
Many believe he was forced out because he wasn’t on board with certain Obama policies.
After he left, reports began to surface — in the media, via leaks — that Flynn’s management style was “chaotic” and that he played fast and loose with facts. Also, according to emails from former Army General and Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell that were also leaked, he described Flynn as “right-wing nutty” and a poor leader, The Washington Post noted.
The Deep State’s modus operandi has been to smear someone in an effort to destroy their reputations. It appears, according to Sperry, that Comey and Yates targeted the recently-departed Flynn well before he officially joined the Trump campaign and administration.
Interestingly, Yates — speaking to the Left-wing Center for American Progress earlier this week — claimed that Trump is the one “tearing apart the legitimacy” of the Justice Department.
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J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.