The New York Times reports:
For more than two years, President Trump has repeatedly attacked the Russia investigation, portraying it as a hoax and illegal even months after the special counsel closed it. Now, Mr. Trump’s own Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into how it all began.
Justice Department officials have shifted an administrative review of the Russia investigation closely overseen by Attorney General William P. Barr to a criminal inquiry, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The move gives the prosecutor running it, John H. Durham, the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury and to file criminal charges. The opening of a criminal investigation is likely to raise alarms that Mr. Trump is using the Justice Department to go after his perceived enemies.
Amb. Wendy Sherman on DOJ opening criminal inquiry into origins of Russia probe and GOP lawmakers storming secure hearing room: “You’re really saying to witnesses who are going to come forward, ‘Be careful what you do, because we may come after you.'” https://t.co/TCz3pkgfme
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 25, 2019
The Deep State Wants to Overthrow President @RealDonaldTrump Because They FEAR Being Prosecuted! Keep this in mind as the Dem-media complex go in hysterics attacking AG Barr in response to news that the DOJ has finally begun a criminal investigation of #Spygate. pic.twitter.com/9kFHYtFOhi
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 25, 2019
Feel like using the doj for criminal prosecution of Trump’s conspiracy theory is a major deal. This is “put my political adversaries in prison” territory. It can happen here.
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 25, 2019
Bill Barr’s DOJ is opening a CRIMINAL investigation into the origins of the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people: The Russia Witch Hunt
Must finally be held accountable
RT for JUSTICE!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 25, 2019
Barr takes DOJ even deeper down a very ugly path. The Department must know every move here will be scrutinized for years. And we haven’t seen anything yet that looks even close to a criminal predicate. https://t.co/bwYxRFG7TG
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) October 25, 2019
NYT report: DOJ opening a criminal investigation into the spreading of the Russian collusion conspiracy
If true, this shows Bill Barr is doing EXACTLY his job: following the facts
Those who damaged America and broke the law to spread this hoax are about to face accountability
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) October 25, 2019
It was bad enough Trump and Barr were wasting resources on this. But now they are fully weaponizing DOJ for political purposes.
Attorneys General *can* be impeached. https://t.co/Pm2sJaXjRw
— Elie Honig (@eliehonig) October 25, 2019