"Patriots are not revolutionaries trying to overthrow the government of the United States.
Patriots are Counter-Revolutionaries trying to prevent the government from overthrowing the Constitution."
The Coach’s Team (TCT) offers the best in conservative essays along with articles taken from various internet sites. The victory of Donald Trump has provided a God-sent opportunity to reverse the years of willful damage done our nation by Barack Hussein Obama.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Sessions is moving shrewdly on the FISA abuse investigation
Ed. A.G. Jeff Sessions has suffered withering
attacks from many conservative pundits throughout his year in the Department of
Justice. Author Paul Mirengoff offers a different opinion.
The following article appeared in
Powerline on March 30th
Early this month, President Trump
Why is A.G. Jeff Sessions asking the
Inspector General to investigate potentially massive FISA abuse. Will take
forever, has no prosecutorial power and already late with reports on Comey etc.
Isn’t the I.G. an Obama guy? Why not use Justice Department lawyers?
Trump’s tweet was foolish at several
levels, as I argued here.
For one thing, folks who know what they’re talking about — e.g., Trey Gowdy —
say that the Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, is doing a good job
investigating. Indeed, it was Horowitz who turned up the notorious Strzok-Page
text messages in the course of his investigation of the Department of
Justice/FBI handling of the Clinton email investigation in advance of the
Moreover, Sessions was, in fact,
using Justice Department lawyers with prosecutorial power in connections with
potential FISA and related abuses. Since November, John Huber, the U.S.
Attorney for Utah, has been on the case. Trump apparently didn’t know this, but
he should have. Sometimes it’s better to talk to the Attorney General than
mindlessly to blast him on Twitter.
Huber was appointed by President
Obama, but his name was submitted by Senators Hatch and Lee of Utah. Thus, his
selection by Sessions seems like a shrewd move. As Obama’s nominee it will be
difficult for critics plausibly to paint him as anti-Democrat. But as the
favorite of Hatch and Lee, Republicans should be confident that he’s not in the
Democrats’ pocket. Moreover, because Huber works out of Utah, it’s unlikely
that he’s connected in any way with D.C. insiders such as James Comey and
What about the decision to use a U.S.
attorney rather than appoint a special counsel? This decision also seems sound,
and not just because I don’t like special counsels. The combination of the IG
and the USA should be able to accomplish as much as a special counsel would —
and accomplish it faster and with less fanfare.
The absence of fanfare is an
advantage because it makes it more difficult for Democrats and their media
partners to push the idea that anyone is being persecuted. A Justice Department
investigation headed by two Obama appointees is harder to shoot at than a
special counsel. And, of course, nothing prevents Sessions from appointing a
special counsel if changed circumstances militate in favor of doing so.
In sum, Sessions has handled this
matter well, Trump’s foolish tweets notwithstanding.