When it comes to American elections, there is no more shocking and worrisome event as the dreaded “October Surprise”.
This is an event that, obviously, occurs in the weeks preceding the election, and is meant to dramatically shift the views of one party of the other. The idea is to strike Americans in their gut, and upend whatever long-held feelings that they may have had for a certain candidate or political philosophy.
In 2020 – a year that has already been chock-full of surprises, there are no shortage of concerns over what a potential October surprise could look like, but there is one possibility that has the left shaking in their boots.
Attorney General William Barr has promised the Justice Department will not take any action to influence the upcoming election. But Democrats and department veterans aren’t so sure about that.take our poll - story continues below
In opinion pieces and letters, they warn that Barr might be preparing to spring an “October Surprise.” There’s one big reason for that: recent testimony from the attorney general himself.
Democrats are monitoring the status of an investigation by prosecutor John Durham, who appears to be looking at intelligence gathering and other actions by the Obama administration in 2016. Barr tapped Durham to look into the origins of the Russia investigation in May 2019.
When Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., asked Barr whether he would commit to not releasing any report by Durham before the November election, Barr said bluntly, “No.”
The investigation into the “ObamaGate” scandal has been ongoing, albeit quietly, for months now, as the Department of Justice seeks to uncover what remains of a plot to abuse the FISA warrant process to spy on the 2016 Trump campaign.
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