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DOJ Review of Russia Probe Origin Now Criminal Investigation

What was initially an administrative review by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to determine the genesis of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation by the Obama administration is now a criminal investigation.

A criminal investigation suggests laws were broken.

Earlier this year, Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead the investigation of the intelligence-gathering by the FBI and CIA over Trump-Russia collusion.

According to The New York Times, Durham will have “the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury and to file criminal charges” in the new criminal investigation.

Former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are expected to be interviewed by the DOJ.

Both men were key members of the Obama administration.

The media, however, is casting doubt over the credibility of the DOJ’s criminal investigation.

Clapper appeared with CNN host Anderson Cooper and said the “timing is interesting,” and guest Jeffrey Toobin said those targeted in the criminal investigation are caught up in a “right-wing conspiracy theory.”

Cooper also said the DOJ and Barr are “henchmen for Trump.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) slammed the news about a criminal inquiry by the DOJ and issued a joint statement, saying the DOJ is a “vehicle for President Trump’s political revenge.”

Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) Tweeted about the news of the investigation.

It’s not surprising Democrats are critical of the criminal investigation over the origin of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, especially since it could expose wrongdoing by members of the Obama administration.

However, if abuse of power related crimes were committed, then those individuals must be held accountable.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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