We are now at the stage where far too many people only see what they want to see. All of us are probably guilty of this to some extent. I must admit that I take any report remotely favorable of Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton with a large grain of salt. It is easy to fall into the habit of thinking these people are incapable of doing anything good. The reality is that even the worst of us occasionally does something good and even the best of us occasionally does something bad.
The best way to handle this is to always look for the actual facts. They are usually there and surprisingly easy to find. The most recent case of this involves John Huber. He has been ignored by the left and the right. Both are convinced he has done nothing. Odds are both are making a grave mistake. The Attorney General does not give a special assignment to a U.S. Attorney without cause. In this case the appointment was in response to a request from Chairman Goodlatte of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That letter specifically asked for investigation into the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealing related to the Clinton foundation and other matters.
This morning, on CBS News, William Barr said that Huber had been originally asked to look the FISA applications and electronic surveillance, but he stood down when he learned the IG was already doing that. He was described as on standby in case Horowitz referred a matter to him to be handled criminally. Then Barr said that Durham is taking over that role.
The assumption was that Huber has done nothing, but that is not exactly what Barr said. Instead he said that the other issues he’s been working on relate to Hillary Clinton. Those are winding down and hopefully we’ll be in a position to bring those to fruition. Fruition is an interesting word. It doesn’t mean shutting it down with no action, in fact it means the exact opposite. Fruition implies accomplishment.”
While the interviewer on CBS missed this, Barr may have been hinting that Huber is getting ready with indictments. When you combine that with the statement that Huber wasn’t working on the FISA abuse case, because it was not at the stage of criminal referral this should give everyone pause. John Durham was assigned to that case, precisely because it is now at the stage of preparing criminal indictments.
At a minimum, the interviewer missed the opportunity to ask some interesting questions. Like what was Huber doing and did Barr expect any results from that. Huber wasn’t exactly demoted or criticized; Barr merely commented on the focus of his mission.
Keep this in mind. When the DOJ and the FBI is really closing in on criminal prosecution, they don’t exactly hold press conferences saying they are getting close. In fact, they avoid the press and they avoid saying anything at all. The first notice is often a knock on the door and an arrest by heavily armed agents. At a minimum there is a deal for a person to quietly turn themselves in for arrest. We rarely learn about these things until the last moment, unless the suspect themselves sends out an alert. Both Manafort and Stone did exactly that. They announced that they expected to be indicted. However, neither the FBI nor the Mueller investigation even gave a hint about what was about to happen.
The question then, is to see or not to see. A lot of people would love to see Hillary Clinton indicted and finally held accountable. Most are convinced this will never happen. But regardless of what one wants or believes, there are at least interesting questions with very few answers.