Former U.S. attorney Joe diGenova borrowed a favorite phrase from the left on Fox News’ Hannity Tuesday night, saying that “the walls are beginning to close in on the FBI fraudsters.” Democrats repeated the refrain frequently and indiscriminately throughout 2017, 2018, and early 2019, saying “the walls were closing in” on President Trump as Special Counsel Mueller investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.
DiGenova said it in response to the breaking news that former British spy Christopher Steele had agreed to talk to United States investigators about his salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier.
The Times (UK) cited sources close to Steele on Tuesday in reporting that the 54-year-old is set to be interviewed in London within weeks. The development comes as attention has returned to the dossier authored by Steele — especially since its more sensational claims were not substantiated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.
DiGenova posited that Steele had made a “strategic decision” because he would be talking to John Durham, the U.S. Attorney appointed by Attorney General William Barr to look into the intelligence community’s surveillance abuse in 2016.
“He’s going to talk to John Durham and his people so there’s obviously some sort of [immunity] deal that’s been worked out,” the Washington-based attorney said. “This is great news.”
He pointed out that Steele would be obligated to tell the truth to Durham.
“Because even though his testimony could be given overseas, he could be indicted in the United States if he lies to Durham,” diGenova said. “So I assume he’s going to tell the truth because this is the big casino now, and what he’s going to prove is that the FBI lied in the FISA warrants and they lied to Congress and they lied to everybody about what they knew about Steele’s behavior.”
He added dramatically: “The walls are beginning to close in on the FBI fraudsters!”
DiGenova noted there was no longer any doubt that senior officials at the FBI under former president Obama “engaged in a criminal conspiracy against President Trump while he was a candidate and while he was president-elect and while he was president.”
“That’s why John Durham wants to talk to him, because there was a criminal conspiracy led by senior FBI officials,” he explained.
“I just hope that all of them — McCabe, Comey, Baker — all of them — just keep on talking publicly,” diGenova concluded.