A lot going on in this WaPo story, which is really two separate stories. The first, very much related to this afternoon’s post, confirms that the heads of the DOJ’s two Russiagate probes are indeed in contact and sharing information. Which only stands to reason: How could IG Michael Horowitz commit to certain conclusions knowing that prosecutor John Durham might have information that undermines those conclusions, as Bill Barr has reportedly been hinting to friends lately?
WaPo claims Horowitz reached out to Durham — and other U.S. intelligence agencies — wanting to know if Trumpist suspicions about the mysterious Joseph Mifsud were correct. Is he actually an asset of western, not Russian, intelligence agencies, a man who duped poor George Papadopoulos into believing that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton? If Mifsud was working for the U.S. or a U.S. ally, that would lead to the hair-raising question of whether Team Trump was deliberately set up by the “deep state.” There was no Russia plot, just the nefarious CIA or whoever wanting the FBI to think there was a Russia plot in hopes that they’d start sniffing around Trump and raising public suspicions about his connections to the Kremlin. It worked like a charm.
But no, Mifsud’s not a deep-stater. At least not so far as anyone, including Durham, can tell.