The Department of Justice Inspector General’s 434 page report is still being reviewed by congressional representatives less than two hours after its publication but speculation is rising as to what will be the next steps the Department of Justice will take to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
While Inspector General Michael Horowitz listed significant malfeasance within the FBI’s ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ investigation into Trump’s campaign, his investigation was limited. It appears the answer to what may happen next lies with DOJ appointed Connecticut Attorney John Durham.
In a rare public statement Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origin of the FBI’s investigation, stated frankly that he had spoke to Durham about issues pertaining to his report and apparent evidence Durham’s team has collected regarding the origination of the bureau’s probe.
“I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff,” stated Durham. “However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”
Last month, Durham changed his investigation into the origin of the FBI probe into Trump from an administrative review to a criminal probe. The decision came after reports surfaced that Durham had traveled to Italy where he, along with Barr, met with top officials in Italian intelligence.
Durham has also interviewed sources in London, England and Australia, according to reports.
The information gleaned from Durham’s investigation is thus far unknown but based on his travels and interviews with foreign intelligence officials it is believed that he is investigating the roles of confidential human informants and how these foreign intelligence agencies may have provided a work around for the FBI to spy on members of the Trump campaign, according to sources.
Last month, SaraACarter.com reported that Durham had expanded his probe to the Pentagon’s office of Net Assessment, which contracted FBI informant Stephan Halper to reports. It is believed that the Pentagon’s office was used as a
Multiple sources confirmed to this news site that Durham spoke extensively with sources working in the Office of Net Assessment, as well as outside contractors, that were paid through Pentagon office.
Department of Justice officials declined to comment on Durham’s probe.
In 2016, Halper was an integral part of the FBI’s investigation into short-term Trump campaign volunteer, Carter Page and George Papadopolous. Halper first made contact with Page at his seminar in July 2016. Page, who was already on the FBI’s radar, was accused at the time of being sympathetic to Russia. Halper stayed in contact with Page until September 2017.
During that time, the FBI sought and obtained a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to spy on Page and used Halper to collect information on him, according to sources.
It is further alleged that Halper may have secretly recorded his conversations with Page and Papadopolous. Some congressional officials believe that if recordings exist they were kept from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and would be exculpatory evidence that would’ve exonerated Page from the FISA warrant and allegations that Papadopolous was attempting to seek any help from the Russians with regard to Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Moreover, this news site also learned that the Pentagon sent Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s committee the information it requested in July, regarding Halper’s contracts and the Office of Net Assessment. Grassley sent the request in a letter to Department of Defense Acting Secretary Mark Esper, after a Pentagon Inspector General investigation discovered that the office failed to conduct appropriate oversight of the contracts. Grassley urged Esper for the information.
“The committee is currently reviewing information received recently from the Pentagon, in response to Grassley’s request,” said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for the committee. Foy confirmed Grassley is continuing to investigate the matter.
According to the DoD Inspector General’s report the Office of Net Assessment (ONA) Contracting Officer’s Representatives (CORs) “did not maintain documentation of the work performed by Professor Halper or any communication that ONA personnel had with Professor Halper; therefore, ONA CORs could not provide sufficient documentation that Professor Halper conducted all of his work in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. We determined that while the ONA CORs established a file to maintain documents, they did not maintain sufficient documentation to comply with all the FAR requirements related to having a complete COR.”