Judicial Watch: Inside the Curious Case of ‘Outside D.C.’ Federal Prosecutor John Huber and Uranium One
Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions revealed the identity of a ‘top federal prosecutor,’ investigating alleged abuses by the Justice Department and FBI. In addition, Sessions said he believes a second special counsel is not required at this time.
Sessions, in letter to Goodlatte, Gowdy, and Grassley, says he has concluded that the circumstances don't justify the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate FBI misconduct. How will Trump take this? https://t.co/5bIcW5bmdK pic.twitter.com/TcuEoljsIO
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) March 29, 2018
Reacting to the news, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called Sessions’ announcement a “major fail,” by the Justice Department.
“Major fail from DOJ! AG Sessions writes he tasked a lawyer to investigate whether to investigate the Clinton/Obama abuses! No wonder @RealDonaldTrump is frustrated,” Fitton tweeted.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 29, 2018
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett even raised the prospect that Huber was selected on the advice of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“So who picked Huber?”Jarrett asked rhetorically on the Fox Business Network.
“Well I have a hunch here. First of all Sessions was a senator, he didn’t know anybody in the Department of Justice. Rod Rosenstein, spent a lifetime in the Department of Justice, he knows the players there and he picked an Obama holdover in Huber,” Jarrett said.
Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:
In a piece entitled, “Clinton, Comey, Uranium One: Who Is John W. Huber?“, Judicial Watch’s Micah Morrison provides some interesting background on Huber’s past high-profile cases and why he could be a potentially “intriguing,” pick in relation to Uranium One.
…[T]he Rosetta Stone for understanding Utah’s corruption problems may be the sprawling saga of John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, two former Utah attorneys general charged with a multitude of corruption charges. The case gripped the state for years. Mr. Huber’s office recused itself in 2013 from the investigations, transferring the case to Colorado. Later, the Justice Department declined to charge either man and Utah state prosecutors took over. […]
That’s how the game is played in Utah, locals say. Power brokers have the state wired. Mr. Huber seems like a decent man, but his tenure at the top of Utah law enforcement has been short and undistinguished. Why appoint him to such a sensitive position in Washington?
One explanation is that Mr. Sessions knows precisely who Mr. Huber is and what he wants from him. Mr. Sessions went to bat for Mr. Huber in his re-appointment as U.S. Attorney and named him vice-chair of the prestigious Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Huber, a political survivor, knows precisely who Mr. Sessions is and what the attorney general wants from him.
Another more intriguing explanation is that Mr. Sessions needs someone who knows Utah. One part of Mr. Huber’s mandate, as outlined in the GOP letter, is the “purchase of Uranium One by the company Rosatom, whether the approval of the sale was connected to any donations to the Clinton Foundation, and what role Secretary Clinton played in the approval of the sale.”
Uranium One’s assets included significant holdings in Utah and nearby states. Prosecutors—and the media, so transfixed by the Mueller probe that they decline to look elsewhere—should follow the Uranium One money in Utah and the rest of the West.
Click here to read Morrison’s entire piece.
Nonetheless, D.C. insiders say some in Congress are displeased with Sessions’ decision to defer the appointment of a second special counsel.
The Washington Examiner’s Byron York revealed some lawmakers think Huber acting as a quasi-special counsel is a “joke.”
“Jeff Sessions says no to second special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia investigation, but appoints USAttorney in Utah to lead a kinda/sorta special investigation inside DOJ. Critics in House unhappy. ‘A farce,’ says one. ‘A joke,’ says another. Others holding fire, for now,” York tweeted.
Jeff Sessions says no to second special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia investigation, but appoints USAttorney in Utah to lead a kinda/sorta special investigation inside DOJ. Critics in House unhappy. 'A farce,' says one. 'A joke,' says another. Others holding fire, for now.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) March 29, 2018