Clinton, Comey, Uranium One: Who Is John W. Huber?

Authored by Micah Morrison via Judicial Watch,

Widespread head-scratching has followed Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent disclosure that U.S. Attorney John W. Huber is leading an investigation into 2016 election controversies.

In a March 29 letter to Republican committee chairmen, Mr. Sessions said that Mr. Huber, the U. S. Attorney for Utah, had been appointed to “evaluate certain issues” raised by the GOP. He did not say which issues, but there are plenty.

In a July 27, 2017 letter, GOP leaders had called on Mr. Sessions to “appoint a second special counsel to investigate a plethora of matters connected to the 2016 election and its aftermath.” These included actions by Hillary Clinton, James Comey, Loretta Lynch and others, email controversies, mishandling of classified information, Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier, FISA warrants, wire taps, leaks, grand juries, the Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One deal.

Mr. Sessions instead appointed Mr. Huber, “an experienced federal prosecutor,” and left the door open to a special counsel. Mr. Sessions noted that Mr. Huber “will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit the appointment of a Special Counsel.”

Translation: Mr. Huber is investigating the investigations, not the underlying allegations.

Mr. Huber was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney in Utah in 2002. He was named U.S. Attorney in 2015 by Barack Obama. Mr. Huber has an important backer in Utah’s senior senator, Orrin Hatch.

After President Trump requested the resignations of all sitting U.S. Attorneys, Mr. Sessions kept Mr. Huber alive with an interim appointment under the Federal Vacancies Act, until the president could be persuaded to re-nominate him. He was confirmed a second time for the post in August.

It’s a truism of law enforcement that if you want to pursue high-level political corruption, get yourself a junkyard dog - a strong prosecutor, good in a fight. Hickman Ewing Jr. - the former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee and later the Whitewater Deputy Independent Counsel - comes to mind. Mr. Ewing had a long track record of pursuing political corruption before Kenneth Starr tapped him for the Whitewater probe. The Office of U.S. Attorney in Utah, by contrast, has been toothless. Mr. Huber has not been implicated in any wrongdoing, but for the last three years it has been his shop and his responsibility. Before that, it was his training ground.

In November, for example, a federal judge dismissed the last charges against Terry Diehl, a powerful Utah developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member. The government was widely seen as bungling the case. The Salt Lake Tribune noted that Diehl, “a well-known developer with friends in high places — including [Utah] House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper — once stood charged with 14 felony counts that stemmed from allegations that he lied about or hid assets as part of a 2012 bankruptcy. Prosecutors had whittled the case down three times since early October, dropping counts of concealment and tax evasion.” Prosecutors acknowledged “missteps” to the newspaper, including getting wrong the amount of taxes Diehl allegedly did not pay.

Mr. Huber’s office also lost a 2017 case against real-estate mogul Rick Koerber, charged with running a multi-million-dollar Ponzi scheme. The case - the government’s second try - ended in a mistrial. A judge threw out an earlier case. The government will try again in September.

But the 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. Swallow was acquitted on all counts last year and the charges against Shurtleff were dropped in 2016 by Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings, who bitterly complained about FBI and Justice Department conduct in the case.

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. And if Mr. Huber does recommend additional investigations or a second special counsel, Mr. Sessions should get himself a junkyard dog.

Comments

SheHunter T-NUTZ Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:26 Permalink

The sobering question is: WHY is Trump keeping Sessions?  Trump knows how to fire his staff.  Yet Sessions remains.  There is a reason Trump keeps Sessions and the answer may be sobering.  Does Trump want an ineffective AG?  He must.  Or he would fire Sessions.  So why does Trump want a figurehead AG?  This is the real question.

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just the tip SheHunter Wed, 04/11/2018 - 05:31 Permalink

mitch has stated more than once, if sessions is fired, there will be no replacement seated as no congressional hearings will take place.

if trump knows how to fire his staff, why are there so many HNIC holdovers?  i'll tell you why.  because for all the blather and bombast trump wants to be liked.  he is obsessed with people liking him.  see how good a guy i am?  now like me.

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Rich Monk Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:35 Permalink

Huber, like Sessions are both "SES", Senior Executive Service - the Deep State, Shadow government. Corporate traitors to America, and you want America to trust these pricks?

The First Rule Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:40 Permalink

The fact that we don't have a 2nd Special Prosecutor yet, tells me 1 of 2 things.  Either:

 

1.  Sessions is part of the Deep State, and just pretending to be a Moron

OR

2.  The Deep State has something on Sessions, and they are Blackmailing the Hell out of him

 

 

Ok, I suppose there really is a 3rd possibility:

3.  Sessions truly is as Stupid as he appears to be (hard to believe, but possible)

 

 

 

Consuelo Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:41 Permalink

"Mr. Ewing had a long track record of pursuing political corruption before Kenneth Starr tapped him for the Whitewater probe."

 

Yep.   And how again, did all that waste of $taxpayer dollars and endless news cycles turn out...?

Well, we can look at it this way - it's another 3 years of endless political entertainment that will ultimately result in nothing.   All the while Madame DeFarge globetrots about, smiling & cackling all the way...

MadHatt Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:49 Permalink

The waste of money to appoint someone who isnt going to look for anything boggles the mind.

And the bill goes straight to the tax payer... All of this makes me sick.

When do we burn it all down?

One of We Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:51 Permalink

If Sessions isn't dirty he will hire Larry Klayman and Charles Ortel to identify and cleanse the rot within the system.   However, in our post attorney-client privilege environment military tribunals are the best solution short of turning General Butt-naked loose on DC.

mrjinx007 Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:58 Permalink

Here is my conspiracy theory:

Eventually, all of this will come to a head between the deep state and the pentagon which will result in a marshall law for a time.  The outcome of that scenario is impossible to predict unless the whole thing has been planed and the laugh is on us.  

hxc sluggo Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

For real. Dunno how many times people gotta read the word to remember. BTW martial law would suck for everyone involved (ie all americans) and may be used by the nwo creeps as a flashpoint for civil war. Kinda as mr jinx mentioned but not sure if he gets that martial law will suck for us on the right as well.

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highwaytoserfdom Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

From GPO_Plumbook 2016 8.xlx

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Executive Office for United States Attorneys 37635 37621 90 Salt Lake City, UT United States Attorney, Utah John W. Huber PAS AD $160,300

Now this does not include the Eric Holder rewards. For all you Qtards FOLLOW THE MONEY Trust Sessions, Mueller, Brennan 4 d chess??
People are absolutely nuts. This school play is sick.. Now the swamp draining has some critters that are stinking up the joint.. Clever how Fake news working way into any hope of cleaning up swamp.

Notice no mention of Hatch and Romney running for seat.. Pray the Mormons in Utah do the right thing on this... The ToyRus was 30,000 jobs... as Romney, Daval Patrick, Bill Weld, KKR Petraeus, just liquidated after 5 b debt and 422m year in fees..

highwaytoserfdom Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:40 Permalink

From GPO_Plumbook 2016 8.xlx

7 years 11 months and never problems like this.. Was put on IRS and terror list for writing some McCain natural born stuff on Daily Paul but this is out of hand...

SwaziRed Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:53 Permalink

This constant picking on Clinton is a disgrace. A real disgrace. Very unfair. It's an attack on all that we stand for. It's a whole new level of unfairness. A total WITCH HUNT!!!

Golden Showers Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:08 Permalink

What is really important is who has the fattest head. Now Fat Head Syndrome is a fact.

People's heads grow huge. And when this happens they are not only close to death from some kind of fucked up illness, but the specimin behaves more and more insane.

Long have I distrusted Alex Jones. He has a fat head. He has a barritone. And he never ever talked about Zionism. It's not what fat heads talk about... it's often what they do not talk about. Much as I hate to say it, our president has a fat head. Is it too late?

knotjammin2 Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:31 Permalink

Until somebody does the perp walk it's just a dog and pony show.  No one not one sorry crooked ass son of a bitch has been arrested of known crimes.  Hell, Eric Holder is still running around tearing up shit.  Lois Lerner committed felonies as well as a list of other as long as my arm.  I'm not even going to mention the Clinton's.  When was the last time any one in the MSN mentioned Seth Rich?  Yesterday Zuckerberg puts on his act along with his paid for buddies in congress.  Every one of those criminal bastards should have recused themselves for a conflict of interest.  We are fucked until "We The People" do something that gets these criminals attention.  Thats my 2 cents.