The special prosecutor that former Attorney General Bill Barr left behind has stunk up the DOJ for far too long.
The great guessing game in Washington about Merrick Garland has been whether he’ll prosecute Donald Trump. That’s an excellent question, but its resolution is likely a bit down the road—certainly after the House select committee finishes its hearings on the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
In the meantime, here’s something Garland can do today that is, if anything, more open and shut than a Trump prosecution. Fire John Durham. Now.
The special prosecutor named by Bill Barr to “get to the bottom” of the “deep state” “conspiracy” didn’t just lose his case this week in the prosecution of Hillary Clinton aide Michael Sussman—he got his ass handed to him on a stick. The jury deliberated for a mere six hours, and based on the quotes from jurors that appeared in the news stories, it sounds like they may have spent four of those hours talking about the Stranger Things season four debut. “Personally, I don’t think it should have been prosecuted,” the jury forewoman said, noting the government “could have spent our time more wisely.” A second juror told The Washington Post that in the jury room, “Everyone pretty much saw it the same way.” [ . . . ]
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There is another indictment pending currently scheduled for trial in September. Should not Durham or his staff try that case before closing shop?