By Duncan Smith
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: Democratic president nominates a left-wing hack to become attorney general and then expects said AG left-wing hack to do his political bidding.
If your first thought was to harken back to the bad ol’ days of Barack Obama, give yourself a cookie. Or a beer.
You’re right. And like a bad penny that keeps showing up, Joe Biden is following the Obama playbook, “How To Weaponize Government Institutions for Political Advantage.”
Under questioning during his Senate confirmation hearing Monday, Biden’s pick for attorney general, Merrick Garland, would not commit to allowing special counsel John Durham to continue his criminal probe into the origins of “Spygate” (and speaking of Obama….).
Mind you, when Democrats were grilling Trump’s second AG pick, William Barr, he answered “yes” right away when asked if he would allow then-special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe to continue against the former president.
See how easy it is to answer such questions?
The only reason not to answer simply (or in this, simply yes) is because you have no intention of allowing any probe into ‘your president’ continue (recall Biden was VP when Spygate was hatched and executed).
Sen. Grassley: I will go to the Durham investigation. At Barr’s hearing, he stated the following [with] regard to the Mueller investigation. ‘It is virtually [sic[ important the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation.’ Also at that same hearing, Senator [Dianne] Feinstein asked, ‘Will you commit to providing Mr. Mueller with the resources, funds, and time needed to complete his investigation?’ Attorney General Barr answered Senator Feinstein with a one-word, ‘Yes.’ With respect to Special Counsel [John] Durham’s investigation, I expect that he will be allowed to complete his investigation. If confirmed, will you commit to providing Special Counsel Durham with the staff, resources, funds, and time needed to thoroughly complete the investigation?
Judge Garland: Senator, I don’t have any information about the investigation as I sit here today. And another one of the very first things I’m going to have to do is speak with Mr. Durham to figure out how his investigation is going. I understand he has been permitted to remain in his position. And sitting here today, I have no reason to think that that was not the correct decision.
Sen. Grassley: And I suppose that would be an answer that he would only be removed for cause, then? Would that be your position?
Judge Garland: Senator, I really do have to have an opportunity to talk with him. I have not had that opportunity. As I said, I don’t have any reason, from what I know now, which is really very little, to make any determination on that ground. But I don’t have any reason to think that he should not remain in place.
Sen. Grassley: If confirmed, would you commit to publicly releasing Special Counsel Durham’s report just like the Mueller report was made public?
Judge Garland: So Senator, I am a great believer in transparency. I would, though, have to talk with Mr. Durham and understand the nature of what he has been doing and the nature of the report. But I am very much committed to transparency and to explaining Justice Department decision-making.
So, why would Biden’s handlers pick Garland? Because when Obama nominated Garland to be his third Supreme Court appointee, Republicans in the Senate refused to even have hearings.
Thus, Garland is perfect because he’s got an ax to grind against Republicans and conservatives.
The complete destruction of our institutions proceeds apace.