I did a post on this last week in which I asked is Attorney General losing favour with his boss Donald Trump….
Barr promptly did a rousing speech backing Trump’s point of view that going after him was wrong….
Politico is out with a piece that follows the thought that speech aside?
William Barr’s Justice Department IS slowly beginning to follow the lead of House Democrats in looking for criminality in those who worked FOR and under President Donald Trump’s direction’s in the Ukraine/Biden caper and other nefarious actions….
Are things SO wrong that Trump’s Attorney General has NO choice but to let the hounds go hunting?
Somewhere is Jeff Sessions smiling?
And Trump getting worried about William Barr’s ability to keep the hound s at bay?
In recent weeks, the department has started to show an interest in some of the players central to the Ukraine plot.
In early October, federal prosecutors indicted two Giuliani business associates — Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — on campaign finance charges. The charges covered actions that occurred while the two were working with Giuliani on a campaign to spread negative information about Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, with the goal of getting her ousted.
The Parnas and Fruman charges — both men have pleaded not guilty and a trial is possible in 2020 — appear to be part of a broader probe that is looking at numerous people in Giuliani’s orbit.
An assistant U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York on the case told a judge last month that DOJ’s “investigation is ongoing” into the matter. And subpoenas it has obtained since the indictments have given a sense of where the investigation is leading.
One subpoena seeking documents went to Pete Sessions, a former Texas congressman who is widely believed to be referenced in the Parnas-Fruman indictment in connection with efforts to remove Yovanovitch. Another document request went to a firm launched by Brian Ballard, a prominent Trump fundraiser from Florida who did business with Parnas. William Taylor III, an attorney for Ballard Partners, said the firm is “cooperating” with SDNY.
Most recently, several media outlets reported that SDNY officials were also examining Giuliani’s consulting business for a bevy of potential federal crimes, including money laundering, campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice and wire fraud.
DOJ’s Washington headquarters also has an interest in Giuliani’s case.
Then there’s the whistleblower.
According to a person familiar with the matter, the FBI’s Washington, D.C., field office tried in late October to arrange an interview with the anonymous individual whose letter describing the Giuliani-orchestrated Ukraine pressure campaign kicked off the House impeachment proceedings.
The FBI agent contacted one of the whistleblower’s attorneys in a way that indicated the person was not the subject or target of a probe, the person said. Yahoo! News first reported the FBI’s outreach to the whistleblower attorney….