Barr: Russia Investigation Was An Attempt to “Sabotage the Presidency”
In some of his most clarifying remarks yet about the two-year hoax that nearly upended American democracy, Attorney General William Barr said this week that he’d seen no evidence that there was any legitimate basis to start the investigation into the Trump campaign’s supposed “collusion” with the Russian government in 2016. In an interview with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, Barr said that the entire probe was nothing more than an attempt to “sabotage the presidency.”
Since the Mueller investigation came to a close (without indicting a single member of the Trump campaign for anything relating to Russia’s election meddling), government investigators have found that the FBI illegally fudged applications for foreign surveillance warrants against Trump campaign associate Carter Page, relied heavily on a completely disproven document known as the Steele Dossier, and secured evidence exonerating Trump and his campaign as early as July 2017. The Mueller investigation did not officially close until May of 2019 – two years later.
But in the interview, Barr said that the Justice Department had uncovered evidence that there was something “far more troubling” going on inside the FBI than could be chalked up to mere mistakes.
“I think the president has every right to be frustrated,” he said, “because I think what happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history.”
Barr said that, as far as he’d seen in his internal probe, the FBI opened the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia “without any basis” or evidence that cleared the bar of probable cause.
“Even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president,” Barr said. “To sabotage the presidency, and I think that — or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”
Talking about the internal problems found by the DOJ’s inspector general, Barr said he did not agree with IG Michael Horowitz’s conclusion that these problems – which involved misleading the FISA court – could be dismissed as mistakes or careless errors.
“My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness,” he said. “There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.
The final chapter of this sad saga has not been written. As long as we have a guy like William Barr at the top of the Justice Department, we are confident that we will see justice sooner or later. And guys like James Comey, Peter Stzrok, Christopher Steele, and Rod Rosenstein will have to answer for their misdeeds. Finally.