WASHINGTON, DC: Attorney General William Barr is expanding at length about the FBI’s illegal spying on Donald Trump. All coordinated with the senior echelons of the Obama Administration. In a landmark interview with NBC News, Barr goes on at length about the criminal activities surrounding the Russia Hoax.
Calling the investigation and the spying on Trump to be “completely baseless,” based on “flimsy evidence”.
“Insufficient basis” for the “thinnest of suspicions”
After being asked about his statement that “the FBI opened their investigation on the thinnest of suspicions“, Barr’s reply is:
“Well, I’m glad to get into the issue of predication. But let me just start out by saying that I think you have to put this in context. I think the heart of the IG’s report really focused on how the investigation was conducted once it got going,”
He goes on to discuss the overwhelming FISA abuse and the aggressive targeting of Trump.
“And that is especially the very serious abuses of FISA that occurred. Much of which has been in my view not accurately reported by the press over the last day. But in one area I do disagree with the IG and that was whether there was sufficient predication to open a full-blown counterintelligence investigation. Specifically, using the techniques that they did to collect intelligence about the Trump campaign.”
The wholesale destruction of civil liberties
Barr noted the danger of opening an investigation of a major Presidential candidate on such a “thin pretext”.
He made the point that
“From a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state. Principally, the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies. Both to spy on political opponents. But also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election.”
“As far as I’m aware, this is the first time in history that this has been done to a presidential campaign, the use of these counterintelligence techniques against a presidential campaign,”
Durham targeting those who targeted Trump
Barr goes on to caution about the abuses of criminalizing political activity.
“And we have to remember, in today’s world, presidential campaigns are frequently in contact with foreign persons and indeed, in most campaigns, there are signs of illegal foreign money coming in and we don’t automatically assume that the campaigns are nefarious and traitors and acting with foreign powers. There has to be some basis before we use these very potent powers in our core First Amendment activity.”
Barr emphasized the entire investigation of Trump was “baseless” adding that the basis of the intrusive probe is “insufficient”.
“And here, I felt this was very flimsy. Basically, I think the department has a rule of reason which is at the end of the day, is what you’re relying on sufficiently powerful to justify the techniques you’re using? And the question there is, how strong is the evidence? How sensitive is the activity you’re looking at? And what are the alternatives?”
Barr and Durham ask the crucial questions
“I think when you step back here and say, ‘what was this all based on?’ It’s not sufficient. Remember, there was and never has been any evidence of collusion. And yet this campaign and the president’s administration has been dominated by this investigation into what turns out to be completely baseless.”
Barr then talked about the set up of George Papadopoulos by Joseph Mifsud and John Brennan, coordinated with the Italian intelligence service.
“This is George Papadopoulos, and this was described by the foreign officials who heard him. Who couldn’t remember exactly what was said? But it was characterized as a suggestion of a suggestion,” Barr says. “He suggested that there has been a suggestion from the Russians that they had some adverse information to Hillary, which they might dump in the campaign.”
Barr and Durham: making sense of bewildering criminal conduct
Barr then gives the context, making clear that he and John Durham are onto something horrific.
“But what was going on in May? You may recall that we were in the thick of the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s secret server and the media was full of stories and the blogosphere was full of stories and political circles in Washington were full of stories and speculation that the Russians had, in 2014, two years before, hacked into her secret server and were, therefore, in a position to drop this stuff during the election.”
“In fact, the day before this comment was made, in a bar, Fox News was reporting that their sources told them there was a debate going on in the Russian government as to whether or not to drop this Hillary Clinton emails between the intelligence agency and the foreign ministry, but that related to Hillary’s server.”
Durham looking at Brennan, Obama and the rush to target Trump
Barr then expressed dismay at the FBI, Brennan operation against Trump and the conduct of the Obama administration.
“So the FBI, what the FBI did is, later, after the DNC hack and the dumping through Wikileaks in July, they get information that this somewhat vague statement was made in a bar. And they jumped right into a full-scale investigation before they even went and talked to the foreign officials about exactly what was said.”
“They opened an investigation of the campaign and they used very intrusive techniques. They didn’t do what normally would be done under those circumstances, which is to go to the campaign, and certainly, there were people in the campaign that could be trusted including a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Governor of New Jersey, and a former U.S. Attorney.”
An odd reaction from the Obama White House
Then he criticized the overt bias against and double standard towards Trump.
“There were people to talk to. And what I find particularly inexplicable is that they talked to the Russians, but not to the presidential campaign. On August 4th, Brennan braced the head of Russian intelligence — he calls the head of Russian intelligence and says we know what you’re up to, you better stop it. He did it again later in August.”
“And then President Obama talked to President Putin in September and said, ‘we know what you’re up to, you better cut it out.’ So, they go and confront the Russians, who clearly are the bad guys, and they won’t go and talk to the campaign and say ‘what is this about?’”
Barr makes the point that the entire affair was supposed to have begun over “vague statements made in a bar”. That it was based on “very flimsy evidence”. He emphasized the FBI employed “very intrusive techniques” in a matter that was “completely baseless”.
His comments support the coming actions from US Attorney John Durham. They make no attempt to cover for or diminish the seriousness of the crimes involved. It is clear that the coup plotters who conspired to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States are about to be publicly exposed and held accountable.
It is more than past time.