Investigating The Investigators

Grind for May 16th, 2019
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Its About Time

The Headline

2016 Election Scandal: US Attorney General William Barr selects Connecticut attorney John Durham to investigate the investigators

The Grind

US Attorney General William Barr has made good on his promise to assign a special prosecutor to investigate Republican’s complaints related to the Trump/Russia probe.

Connecticut Attorney John Durham will ‘investigate the investigators’ to learn more about the origins of the Russia probe and to determine whether the FBI’s intelligence collection methods during Trump’s presidential campaign were ‘entirely legal.’

John Durham is a longtime prosecutor best known for investigating corruption within the FBI, including the agency’s ties to the mob. In 2008, he was selected to investigate the destruction of CIA videotapes of detainee interrogations. The following year, he was asked to lead the DOJ’s investigation into the CIA’s use of torture.

In 2017, he was nominated by President Trump to replace Deirdre Daly as US Attorney for the state of Connecticut.

The Details

Durham’s investigation will focus on the time period directly before the 2016 presidential election – including the FBI’s use of informants and FISA warrants.

“John Durham is an outstanding choice for special prosecutor investigating 2016 pre-election activities,” wrote Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). “And his selection further demonstrates Bill Barr’s tenacity and determined desire to get to the truth and restore credibility at the top tier of the DOJ and FBI.”

Durham’s appointment follows the conclusion of the Mueller report, which found no evidence of collusion but described 10 examples of ‘potential obstruction of justice’ by President Trump.

Last month, Barr told lawmakers he believed “spying did occur” during Trump’s presidential campaign and promised to conduct an investigation.

“I think spying did occur,” he said, “But the question is whether it was…adequately predicated. I’m not suggesting it wasn’t predicated. I need to explore that.”

Dream Big

The Headline

Researchers consider re-freezing polar ice caps

The Grind

Climate scientists looking to prevent the worst effects of global warming are trying to figure out how to “re-freeze” areas of the polar ice caps that have melted amid Earth’s rising temperatures.

Their innovative strategy – which includes pumping salt into the air to create clouds – aims to prevent sea levels from rising to heights that will endanger coastal cities throughout the world.

The Details

The re-freezing project is among several climate solutions that will be investigated at a new research center at the University of Cambridge.

Other ideas include: removing carbon from the atmosphere and seeding the oceans for plankton.

“What we do over the next 10 years will determine the future of humanity for the next 10,000 years,” says David King, former chief scientific adviser to the UK government and head of the new facility.

According to a UN report on planetary health published earlier this month, between 100 and 300 million people are already in danger as a result of coastal erosion and habitat loss.

The same report claims up to 12% of all 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction.

Climate change “is one of the most important challenges of our time,” says environmental scientist Emily Shuckburgh. “And we know we need to be responding to it with all our effort.”

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