Well it appears that John Durham is still living and breathing folks.
After spending months in complete silence, Durham just made a big move that’ll get people talking.
He’s now taking aim at the infamous Steele dossier, the very document that opened up this whole Russian collusion can of worms, and is sending out subpoenas to the ginormous liberal think tank that was an integral part of it all.
Federal prosecutor John Durham recently subpoenaed a prominent foreign policy think tank as part of his investigation into the Steele dossier, the New York Times reported Monday.
According to The New York Times, Durham subpoenaed the Brookings Institution for records related to Igor Danchenko, a former analyst at the think tank who was the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele.
The development sheds some light on a question recently asked by Donald Trump.
“Where’s Durham? Is he a living, breathing human being? Will there ever be a Durham report?” Trump asked in a statement released on March 26.
Brookings Institution is a so-called “American research company” that’s been around for more than 100 years in Washington D.C.
Yeah, these guys have some big roots in the D.C. swamp and they’re getting paid with taxpayer funds.
According to Brookings, its mission is to “conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.” Brookings says it values the independence of its scholars and prides itself on “open-minded” inquiry.
Yet, public spending records captured by our organization at OpenTheBooks.com tell a somewhat different story. Rather than focusing on “open-minded” inquiry, Brookings seems swayed by “open-wallet” inquiry. In many cases, Brookings doesn’t resemble a think tank, but a jukebox – add a little coin and Brookings will play your tune, if the price is right.
And these aren’t just dollars provided by private donors — these are your tax dollars funding partisan advocacy projects and papers.
Since 2008, Brookings amassed nearly $20 million in contracts and grants from 50 agencies – including the Obama Administration’s Office of the President. Despite assets of $496 million (IRS990, FY2014), our OpenTheBooks.com audit shows it was not enough. Brookings instituted an aggressive strategy to pursue federal business over the past nine-years.
There’s definitely a big sense of satisfaction to see a D.C. giant like this being put under a microscope by Durham.
We’ll just have to see if anything actually comes of it.
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