Attorney General William Barr said U.S. Attorney John Durham’s team investigating the origins of the Russia hoax have continued to work “very aggressively” in recent months despite the judiciary being shut down over the pandemic and accountability to those who launched a deep-state coup.
For months, Barr’s handpicked Connecticut prosecutor has been investigating the roots of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, where the nation’s top security officials abused their power to conduct illegal surveillance on American citizens to undermine the Trump campaign and eventually, his entire presidency.
“For the first time in American history, police organizations and the National Security organizations were used to spy on a campaign, and there was no basis for it. And the media largely drove that and all kinds of sensational claims were being made about the president that could have affected the election,” Barr said on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Bret Baier. “And then later on in his administration, there were actions taken that really appear to be efforts to sabotage his campaign, and that has to be looked at, and if people want to say that I’m political because I am looking at those potential abuses of power, so be it. But that’s the job of the attorney general.”
Barr didn’t say whether Durham’s team had found crimes committed, but said it would likely be “eye opening for Americans.”
“I’m very troubled by what has been called to my attention so far but I’m not going to characterize it,” said Barr.
When it came to the Obama administration’s highly unusual unmasking of American citizens federal officials were spying on, Barr said they were indicative of malintent on part of the deep-state operations. Last month, then-acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a list of names who sought to unmask from the National Security Agency (NSA) former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn based on conversations with the Russian ambassador. Those names, released to the public by Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin include former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI Director James Clapper, former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Unmasking is not by itself, illegal. But the patterns of unmasking can tell us something at any given point of time,” Barr said. “For example, let’s say suppose for a period in the spring , there was a lot of heavy unmasking done on people involved with the Trump campaign. That would be very relevant as what people were thinking at that time and what their motivations were.”
Barr also charged U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of being a “shadow prosecutor” by refusing to drop the federal charges against Flynn after prosecutors moved to dismiss the case.
“It’s always been understood that decisions whether to pursue an individual through the prosecution process and we’re holding them criminally accountable is vested in the executive branch and not the courts,” Barr said.
Other areas that Barr discussed in the ongoing probe into Crossfire Hurricane included whether FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who fabricated evidence against former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, still worked at the bureau.
Barr confirmed he did not, but would not offer any further details such as whether there were charges.
“The wheels of justice grind slow,” Barr said. “They do grind slow because we have due process and we follow the process but people should not draw from the fact that no action has been taken.”
Attorney General Bill Barr told Fox News’ Bret Baier in an exclusive interview aired Tuesday that Americans will be able to recognize “some” of the names under investigation as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into federal surveillance abuses — and that he is “very troubled” by “what has been called to” his attention so far.
Barr asserted that despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Durham team “has been working very aggressively to move forward,” and that there “will be public disclosure” of his findings. Part one of Baier’s interview with Barr aired on Monday.
“I think before the election, I think we’re concerned about the motive force behind the very aggressive investigation that was launched into the Trump campaign without, you know, with a very thin, slender reed as a basis for it,” Barr told Baier. “It seemed that the bureau was sort of spring-loaded at the end of July to drive in there and investigate a campaign.”
The Justice Department’s (DOJ’s) watchdog has identified critical errors in every FBI wiretap application that it audited as part of the fallout from the bureau’s heavily flawed investigation into former Trump adviser Carter Page, who was surveilled during the campaign in part because of a largely discredited dossier funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Additionally, an ex-FBI lawyer in that case even falsified a CIA email submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court in order to make Page’s communications with Russians appear nefarious, the DOJ inspector general found. The FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, was allegedly told by the CIA that Page had reported his Russian contacts and was essentially acting as an informant — only for Clinesmith to allegedly omit that exculpatory information in a surveillance warrant application that framed Page’s communications with Russians as a sign that he was a secret foreign agent.
Barr said he couldn’t comment on whether criminal charges were coming, including concerning Clinesmith — but that people shouldn’t become impatient. The DOJ has concluded that the Page warrant was legally improper and lacked probable cause.
……Internal FBI documents unsealed in April indicate that Peter Strzok — the now-disgraced anti-Trump former head of FBI counterintelligence — ordered the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to remain open even after it was slated to be closed due to a lack of so-called “derogatory” information.
The materials surfaced just a day after explosive FBI communications revealed that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the White House on Jan. 24, 2017 — and openly questioned if their “goal” was “to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired.”
The illegal wiretapping, FISA abuse, and the attempted coup d’ etat of a duly elected President goes all the way to Obama’s Oval Office.
William Barr acknowledged that himself.
Every shitbird in the Obama regime, including Barky, should be indicted for their crimes.