Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, expects that Justice Department investigations into the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence activities against President Trump will result in indictments.
One of the investigations, led by U.S. District Attorney John Durham under the direction of Attorney General William Barr, has continued to expand in recent weeks, with new whistleblowers from within the intelligence community having come forward.
In an interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity, Meadows explained, “We’re getting a lot of whistleblowers. Primarily, the whistleblowers are coming forward because they believe that Attorney General Bill Barr and John Durham are willing to get to the bottom of it. So people who perhaps were afraid under previous leadership … they’re coming forward now.”
“People need to be held to account, and I believe that indictments are on their way,” Meadows concludes.
Attorney General Barr has directed Durham to interview senior CIA officers as part of his investigation, a move that CIA Director Gina Haspel has reportedly agreed to comply with. Barr is reportedly seeking to better understand the connections between CIA sources of information and the FBI as the FBI’s counterintelligence activities began.
One important question that the Justice Department seeks an answer to is how the CIA came to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian operatives to assist Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the assumption upon which the FBI’s Russia probe was initially based.
President Trump has given the attorney general sweeping power to declassify relevant intelligence documents, as needed. Haspel’s involvement in the investigation would serve to protect the confidentiality of agency assets as interviews of the agency move forward.
As previously reported, Durham will also interview Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer and author of the original Trump dossier. Steele’s dossier was originally paid for by the Democratic National Committee and promoted by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the months prior to the 2016 election. The FBI then made use of the dossier as evidence to obtain the first of several Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants used to place Trump campaign under surveillance.