Ronald Reagan once remarked that “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Similarly it seems Attorney General Sessions understands that he can obtain his desired results if he’s willing to let the apes of the swamp fling their excretia without comment.
By Thomas Lifson, the American Thinker
But, for the moment, at least, I see good reason for Sessions to take this position. In the letter, Sessions noted that he has asked the DOJ’s Inspector General Horowitz to investigate these matters, and, in a new disclosure, tasked US Attorney John W. Huber to investigate. Huber serves in Utah, far from the beltway, and was first appointed US Attorney by President Obama, and reappointed by Trump.
First of all, while the IG cannot convene a grand jury and subpoena witnesses outside the DOJ’s employees, Huber can. And the IG can and does make criminal referrals. There is tremendous inside expertise on the DOJ resident in the IG’s organization, meaning that there is no start-up delay and no learning curve in getting to work on abuses. So, with the IG digging up information, and referring it to Huber, further steps, including subpoenas to former DOJ and FBI employees, such as Andrew McCabe and James Comey, can be taken before a grand jury in Utah. An indictments issued by that grand jury presumably could be tried before a federal jury in Utah, whereas a special counsel would most likely work with courts in the District of Columbia, Virginia, or Maryland, beltway strongholds. Which jury pool would you prefer? The District of Columbia or Utah?
Depend on the denizens of the swamp protecting their own. The folks in fly over country are a different matter, and they’ve been keeping their mouths shut.
A professional and neutral press would, at this point, be setting up offices in Salt Lake City and staffing them up. If they had good sense they would hire local reporters to staff those offices.
I shan’t hold my breath while waiting for either of those things to happen. All eyes are on Washington D. C. The investigation, grand juries, and eventual trials will be in Utah.
Well played, Attorney General Sessions.