We’ve been listening to conservative talking heads on the networks and reading stories on independent media claiming for months that the “Spygate” investigation was going to be exposed big time and that the guilty would finally be held to account.
Each time the warning sounded more dire. “Just you wait,” we have been told. “My sources tell me [blah, blah, blah],” Fox News host Sean Hannity has said on his daily radio and nightly cable news program too many times to count.
Well, we’re still waiting. We don’t even have Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report yet, and we were supposed to have it by early summer.
But now a very unlikely source is telling us that, not only are things progressing apace, but that soon Attorney General William Barr will be revealing details about the biggest political scandal in the history of our country.
That source is Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne, of all people.
Byrne joined Fox Business host David Asman this week to discuss, among other things, his involvement in the so-called “Trump-Russia collusion” narrative which turned out to be a massive hoax, just like POTUS Donald Trump long claimed it was.
Specifically, Byrne was asked by Asman about the latter’s involvement with Russian intelligence agent Maria Butina.
In case you wondered, Butina is an alleged Russian spy and — get this — gun rights activist who recently pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a deal with the Justice Department by agreeing to help with ongoing probes. She has also been romantically linked to GOP operative Paul Erikson, who’s also been notified he’s the target of a federal investigation himself, the Washington Examiner reported.
As for Byrne, he essentially fired off a warning shot to the Deep State that AG Barr is about to drop the hammer on the Spygate probe.
“I ended up in the center of the Russian and the Clinton investigations. I have all the answers. I have been sitting on them waiting for America to get there. Last summer I figured out… what they all are is all about political espionage,” he told Asman.
“It had nothing to do with law enforcement, it was all political espionage. Here’s the bottom line. There is a Deep State like a submarine working just beneath the waves of the periscope depth watching our shipping lane. And a nuclear ice breaker called the USS Bill Barr has snuck up on them and is about to ram midship,” he continued.
“That’s about to happen and I think we’re about to see the biggest scandal in American history as a result. But it was all political. Everything you think you know about Russia and Clinton investigations is a lie. It’s all a cover-up. It was all political espionage,” he said.
Asman responded, “You think Bill Barr is going to get to the bottom of it?” (Related: ‘Bull’ Durham: New Russiagate prober has been haunting the FBI for months.)
“I think he has gotten to the bottom of it,” Byrne said.
Should Byrne know? Perhaps. As ace investigative reporter Sara A. Carter noted in late July, while he and Butina were involved, Bryne was reporting to the FBI:
…Byrne recounted first meeting Butina at Freedom Fest in 2015. He described the relationship that developed between the two and revealed that he had initiated contact in July, 2015 with the FBI after his first meeting with Butina. He also disclosed that he met twice with Justice Department attorneys in April, 2019 giving a total of seven hours of interviews on the separate occasions. A source directly familiar with the interviews confirmed those meetings took place.
In short, Byrne was working with the FBI and had been for a number of years — a fact he admitted to Butina’s lawyer, Robert Driscoll.
If what we think we know about the FBI’s probe into the 2016 Trump campaign is bad, Byrne told Carter to “make sure you are sitting down because it’s about to get worse.”
Time will tell.