Liberal journalist Marcy Wheeler just tweeeted this:
[S]omeone should figure out via what means Sidney Powell knows exactly what John Durham is up to[.] And to be clear, I mean BOTH that she learned precisely what Billy Barr picked up on his vacation in Italy and who was getting a criminal referral.
To provide context, Sidney Powell is the lawyer of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI in the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation. And John Durham is the US Attorney for the district of Connecticut, who was tasked by Attorney General Bill Barr with looking into the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.
What Wheeler is saying is that Michael Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell seems to have knowledge about the details of John Durham’s ongoing investigation. First of all, “what Billy Barr picked up on his vacation in Italy” is a reference to Attorney General Barr reportedly obtaining from the Italian government two cell phones belonging to Joseph Mifsud, a Kremlin-linked Maltese Professor who was a key figure in the Trump-Russia investigation. (Barr did this to help Durham.) Sidney Powell filed a motion on October 15 to compel the US government to turn over the data from these cell phones. In the motion she specified the exact serial numbers of the phones, suggesting that she has some kind of inside knowledge of the Durham investigation.
But I’m interested in the part in bold. My question is, which criminal referral did Sidney Powell have advance knowledge of? As Barr discussed in this interview, Durham has been tasked by Barr with the handling of all criminal referrals coming from the DOJ Inspector General’s investigation into potential FISA abuse in the Trump-Russia investigation. So did the Inspector General make a criminal referral of someone to Durham, and did Sidney Powell evince knowledge of who that person is? If so, who is that person?