The New York Times faced a stinging contradiction out of Politico this week after it ran a story besmirching the lead prosecutor in the leak investigation found under former Attorney General Bill Barr. The article is based on anonymous sources to claim that Assistant U.S. Attorney Osmar Benevenuto of this District of New Jersey has been brought in by Barr as a portion of his”small circle of trusted aides officials” In reality, it seems that Benevenuto wasn’t initially selected by Barr and does not seem to have known him.
He moved a reliable prosecutor from New Jersey with little related experience to the primary Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a couple of others, based on three people with knowledge of his job who did not want to be identified talking federal investigations.
In February 2020, Mr. Barr put the prosecutor from New Jersey, Osmar Benvenuto, into the National Security Division. His background was gang and health care fraud prosecutions.
However, Politico ran a story that indicates that Barr did not know Benevenuto if he picked him February 2020. Rather, it states that Barr requested the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Craig Carpenito who advised Politico:
“The attorney general explained that he wanted somebody who was a seasoned prosecutor and was not afraid to make decisions. What he wished to know was whether or not there was anything to these investigations, if they should be closed or attracted,” Carpenito stated in an interview. “I advised him Oz Benvenuto was somebody that I trusted to give him an honest response and he has the expertise to distinguish the wheat from the chaff. … I also advised him Oz had the intestinal fortitude to give him a true answer: He would say,’no or yes. ”’
Benevenuto is a registered Democrat and, although it’s a fact that he did not formerly run a leak analysis, few prosecutors have. Instead, he was a seasoned prosecutor in cases which often involve significant reliance on searches of text and electronic communications. He was made a federal prosecutor in 2012 by Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney in New Jersey under Barack Obama.
The Politico article is full of compliments from career prosecutors and many others for Benevenuto’s autonomy and judgment. One of his former colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey,” Andrew Bruck,”scoffed at the notion that his friend was taking out political orders for Barr. ‘The concept that Oz was or is Bill Barr’s stooge is just ridiculous. It is simply ridiculous. ”’ Even Daniel Richman (the law professor who’s a close friend of former FBI Director James Comey and acted as his biography in death notes into the media) praised Benevenuto because of his ruling, intellect and integrity.
So who are those 3 unnamed sources? It seems that career prosecutors and many others (such as Democrats) uniformly deny that even Benevenuto was a part of any internal circle or any ally of Barr’s. Indeed, there was ample reason for Barr to go out the Main Justice because he was wanting to establish a leak investigation which would potentially include many people inside the Trump Administration, including a few political appointees. It made a excellent deal of awareness to find a experienced prosecutor without the ties to Washington.
However, anonymous sources are used to fulfill narratives from the media. However, there is already that all-too-familiar effort to frame the truth to fit a story.