The Evening Campaign Update
I like John Solomon. I even admire him, because he’s one of the few real journalists still working in the national media today, and did yeoman’s work on the whole Ukraine scam the Democrats mounted last year.
But, on the subject of Spygate and the investigation of the investigators being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, Solomon has become basically the boy who cried wolf. He, along with Greg Jarrett and Sara Carter, have made so many predictions about ‘indictments coming soon’ on Sean Hannity’s radio show and tick-tock TV hour that I finally had to quit listening and watching.
Embeded in this story at The Conservative Treehouse you will see a video in which Solomon repeats a claim he made last Friday that Durham is finally on the verge of issuing some indictments out of his investigation. (In Solomon’s defense, he never claimed that any indictments would be issued on Monday – that was a misinterpretation of his remarks by a clickbait website I won’t name here, that was then repeated all over conservative Twitter.) You’ll note that Solomon doesn’t claim, as Hannity, Carter and Jarrett have done on so many occasions, to have some sort of inside information to support his claim. Rather, he points to indications on the public record that lead him to believe that something is imminent.
Ok, fine. Take that for what it’s worth.
Meanwhile, there was some real, actual news on Thursday related to the Durham investigation that is in fact very interesting. That came in the form of a Washington Examiner report about Durham expanding his staff to include new personnel, at least one of whom would indicate that the scope of his investigation is also expanding.
From the Examiner’s report:
U.S. Attorney John Durham has expanded his team as his review of the Trump-Russia investigators ramps up during the coronavirus pandemic, which has gripped the country and swept the globe.
The top federal prosecutor for Connecticut selected additional team members for his investigative effort in recent weeks, adding agents from the FBI, as well as the chief of the violent crimes and narcotics trafficking section for the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, D.C., Anthony Scarpelli, according to sources cited by CNN. Durham, who has been running the operation out of Connecticut and D.C., drove down to Washington a few weeks ago to keep the investigation moving even as the COVID-19 virus hampered many law enforcement efforts nationwide.
The CNN report said Durham requested witness information in March and April…
Scarpelli has spent the last two years leading the office in charge of the fight against murder and the drug trade in D.C. Before that, he was the deputy chief of that office, according to his LinkedIn profile. Scarpelli also spent a year as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Virgin Islands, 14 years as an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C., and eight years as an assistant prosecutor for Middlesex County in New Jersey.
You can just hear that narrator for The Curse of Oak Island posing the questions: “The chief of the violent crimes and narcotics trafficking section? Now working on the Durham investigation? What could this mean about the nature of the evidence the Durham team has been uncovering on Spygate Island?”
It could mean nothing, but you have to admit that, if nothing else, Mr. Scarpelli would not be the first guy you’d expect Durham and AG William Barr to pick to add to this particular investigative/prosecutorial team. Perhaps he has some element in his background that neither the Examiner nor CNN have uncovered that would make him a likely choice to domestic espionage-related charges, or perhaps Durham and his team have come across some unexpected evidence during the course of their long and apparently wide-ranging investigation.
In any event, it was a pleasant surprise to see some real evidence that Durham is making progress in the midst of all the rumor-mongering that has surrounded his efforts over the last year. Who knows? Maybe someday one of the Hannity-Tick-Tock-Hour predictions of indictments coming soon will actually turn out to be right.
We can only hope.
That is all.
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