Here are the four steps to killing the investigation of the Russian Uranium One Deal, and more.
I. Appoint an investigator who’s a hold-over from the Obama administration
But, don’t announce the appointment right away, in order to avoid fanfare from the media, and scrutiny from those suffering from critical thinking.
Sometime in the Fall of 2017, according to The Hill, “Attorney General Jeff Sessions quietly tapped [John] Huber—apparently last fall—to work in tandem with the Justice Department’s inspector general to determine whether conservative allegations of abuse at the FBI and the Justice Department merit investigation.” (bolded emphasis added here and below)
Here’s Huber’s basic vita: “John W. Huber (born 1967) is an American lawyer who has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah since June 2015. He was first nominated for the position by President Barack Obama in February 2015. Huber offered his resignation in March 2017 at the request of the Trump administration. However, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions subsequently appointed Huber as interim U.S. Attorney under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. Huber was renominated by President Donald Trump in June 2017. On August 3, 2017, he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to an additional four-year term as a U.S. Attorney.”
Skepticism concerning Huber’s appointment surfaced early. Again, from The Hill came this:
“One former senior Justice Department official called the appointment ‘window dressing … more aimed at placating Congress than anything else.’ Brett Tolman, who was the U.S. attorney for Utah prior to Huber and a former counsel in the Senate Judiciary Committee under Hatch, also said the appointment is ‘form over substance … to pacify those that might be clamoring for [a second special counsel].’”
With his contrary opinion, George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley approved of the Huber appointment saying that, “by having Huber work with the Department of Justice, the administration is combining all the work of the DOJ inspector general and previous investigations, with an active prosecutor who can quickly bring charges, seek indictments, and get results for President Trump—far more quickly than a second special counsel could.”
Turley called Session’s move “brilliant.” That’s what he said.
The Professor’s reasoning sounds…professorial. But, unfortunately, nothing came quickly, or even at all, from Huber and the DOJ inspector general collaborating—if they ever did.
Utah U.S. Senator Orin Hatch strongly endorsed Huber’s nomination. Uranium mining is an important industry in Utah.
II. Appoint someone far from DC: The Out-of-Sight/Out-of-Mind Factor
Since his appointment became known, reports of Huber’s progress are…non-existent.
Finally, one news outlet noticed the deafening silence coming from Huber. In an article with a title that alluded to the play “Waiting for Gadot,” a Spectator USA writer asked, “Waiting for Huber: whatever happened to the investigation into FBI abuse of power?”
Answer: Like Gadot – it never appeared.
”Nearly 18 months after US Attorney John W. Huber was appointed to investigate whether the Obama-era FBI and Department of Justice abused their power when they obtained spy warrants on Trump campaign operatives and their handling of alleged pay-for-play Clinton Foundation schemes, there’s no sign of any activity. Members of Congress remain in the dark about what if any progress has been made, and likely witnesses say they haven’t been contacted.”
No grand jury. No subpoenas. No indictments. No witnesses interviewed—particularly the key one, William Campbell. In short, the Huber investigation has shown no signs-of-life.
Campbell’s attorney, and former Justice Department prosecutor Victoria Toensing, called the Huber investigation “a head fake…It’s a farce. It’s an embarrassment how this has been handled.” Toensing is renowned for her clarity and candor.
Meanwhile, all the juicy, bombshell news about Trump’s Collusion with Putin and the Russians (not the Siberian Rock Band) dominated the MSM Northeast Corridor big news sources, centered around the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Three-Letter-Acronym TV networks.
III. Assign someone a wide mission, and the liberty to ignore it all
Huber has been more than just a no-show concerning his alleged investigation into Uranium One. He’s also failed at his other assigned tasks.
Again, the Spectator USA reported on April 3, 2019 that:
”[T]he Justice Department just found the document authorizing Huber to look into how the department handled the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, after claiming no such document existed. The Department testified in Federal court that ‘when the Attorney General directed Mr. Huber to evaluate these matters, no written guidance or directives were issued to Mr. Huber in connection with this directive, either by the Attorney General, or by other senior leadership office staff.’ But in response to a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request, a DOJ lawyer now says they found the document that started Huber’s work.”
What a Surprise! Poof! The missing document suddenly appears. It’s a miracle.
There’s even more in his mission that Huber has neglected. Realclearinvestigations.com reported last December 22, 2019, that Sessions assigned Huber to investigate alleged F.B.I. misrepresentations to the F.I.S.A. Court. A very bad thing to do.
Sessions told Congress he also tasked Huber with looking into whether FBI investigators and Justice lawyers misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [F.I.S.A.] court by making deliberate misrepresentations about evidence presented against Page, whom they targeted as a ‘Russian agent.’ Allegations include omitting material facts and exculpatory evidence undermining their probable-cause case.”
As we approach two years of Hubering, all we’ve heard from his team of investigator are…crickets. But what’s worse than silence is their negligence.
The story of “Batman and Robins,’ the two forensic finance-crime experts who, on December 13, 2018, appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, was told here on March 23, 2019.
Later, on April 3, 2019, the Spectator USA reported what The Dynamic Duo told the committee about their strange contact with Huber’s staff in Utah.
”[P]rivate financial-crimes investigators Lawrence Doyle and John Moynihan say they sent evidence of alleged Clinton foundation pay-for-play schemes, tax fraud, and misappropriation of funds to Huber’s office by mail in April and again in May, but heard nothing back. They were told the materials had been ‘lost’ when they followed up, so they re-sent them by FedEx in October, only to finally receive a call on November 30  that an assistant US attorney would ‘review’ it.”
Lost? Twice? Resent a third time? Accidentally? That’s hard to believe. Okay, it’s not possible to believe.
And finally, there’s step 4—the short and easy one.
IV. When asked about the investigation, say “No comment”
There’s apparently an on-going cricket infestation in Utah that reaches all the way to D.C.
Conclusion: So, how should we understand the Huber episode? Why would then Attorney General Sessions do what Victoria Toensing called a “head fake”.
On April 4, 2018, The Hill posted an article entitled “Mystery surrounds Sessions appointee to FBI investigation”. That mystery remains unsolved. But a clue surfaced recently.
According to an April, 24, 2019, Associated Press article that posted on USNews.com.
“Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday said it is time to move past special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and ‘get on with the business of America…The [Mueller] process was followed and a decision has now been rendered. I think it deserves respect…I have the greatest confidence in the integrity of our system.’”
About a month earlier, in late March 2019, a Wall Street Journal op-ed by Karl “Bush’s Brain” Rove said essentially the same thing. It was entitled: “Move On From Robert Mueller, Mr. President, Obsessing over the investigation’s origins isn’t the way to win over swing voters.”
Coincidence? Maybe. But it may represent efforts to push a GOP Establishment meme calling Republicans to forgive-and-forget. If so, the meme died quickly.
But an unanswered question lives on: How is it that Jeff Sessions assigned responsibility to a U.S. Attorney to investigate Uranium One, the Clinton Foundation, and the alleged misleading of the F.I.S.A. Court by senior F.B.I. officials, and did not want to see anything come of it?