AG Barr Blasts FBI for Abusing the System in Russian Probe, the Press for Fanning ‘Largely Bogus Narrative’
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press.”
Attorney General William Barr sat down with NBC News a day after the release of IG Michael Horowitz’s report on the FISA warrants on Carter Page and the origins of the Russia probe.
Barr openly dismissed the findings in the report, mainly because it did not go deep enough, but also ripped the FBI and the press.
I consider this the most important quote:
“From a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state … both to spy on political opponents but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of an election,” Barr said. He added that this was the first time in history that “counterintelligence techniques” were used against a presidential campaign.
It is frightening. Look at what Professor Jacobson wrote a few nights ago: “If you were as deceptive with the FBI, as the FBI was with the FISA court, how quickly would you be charged?”
It’s scary to think about what else they’re doing behind closed doors.
Barr also went after the press:
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said. “I think there were gross abuses …and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”
“I think that leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith.”
NBC News pointed out that Barr’s remarks will likely “stoke further debate about whether the attorney general is acting in good faith, or as a political hatchet man for Trump.”
But the fact is no one has ever found direct evidence that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia:
“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 claimed the FBI’s Russia probe “collapsed after the election and they never told the court and they kept on getting these renewals.”
Horowitz’s report never mentioned this, but it could come to light in US Attorney John Durham’s investigation. He is also investigating the origins of the Russia probe, but he has a larger scope than Horowitz.
While Horowitz found that the opening of the probe lawful, but Barr insists the FBI only had “flimsy” evidence:
He said the basis for opening the Russia investigation was “flimsy” because it stemmed solely from a report of a statement by a young aide, George Papadopoulos, who said he was offered Democratic emails by a Russian agent and didn’t report the conversation to the FBI.
“They jumped right into a full-scale investigation before they even went to talk to the foreign officials about exactly what was said…. They opened an investigation into the campaign and they used very intrusive techniques,” Barr said.
Durham, like Barr, disagreed with Horowitz’s findings.
It will be interesting to discover the results of Durham’s investigation. It has also become a criminal investigation, which opens the doors for Durham to “subpoena witnesses, file charges, and impanel fact-finding grand juries.”
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Hooooboy, I hope he has trustworthy bodyguards.
‘He is also investigating the origins of the Russia probe, but he has a larger scope than Horowitz.’
Much, much larger scope.
According to Rush, they are going after international, to discover the origins of all this, and who helped it along…
Yup. This is a huge conspiracy with lots of foreign players. The next step will be about exposing the big fish. What is being established currently is that the system is horribly corrupt.
Comey and the rest will certainly be indicted and prosecuted but they are NOT the big fish. Putting them away may serve as a deterrent but unless this global cabal is exposed, prosecuted and dismantled, they win and will live to continue their assault on the free world and civilization itself. For now, I the IG and Dunham reports will kick start the “singing rats” phase of the investigation as the rats try to stay out of prison.
I am still expecting a Nuremberg-style international trial at the end of this and we are far from that. The Dem/Rep Swamp won’t be sufficiently drained until after the 2020 elections at minimum. But for Barr and Dunham to step forward should embolden many more patriots in the system to step up and help.
“Irresponsible” is the wrong word. “Evil” is the correct one. Much of the media is openly working to establish one party dictatorship complete with gulags, secret police, secret courts, government-backed terrorism aimed at keeping the proles in their places, and 24/7 spying on “racists” and other Enemies of the People (TM).
“Democracy Dies In Darkness – And We Are The Murder Weapon”
The Second Amendment: it is the VP to the First Amendment. If the FA is killed, 2A right steps in.
Yes, the correct word is “EVIL.”
The press is entertainment for its audience, bringing them the world they choose to live in. It’s the only business model that works.
NPR towed the Dem line and said only that the report justified the FBI investigation into Trump Russia.
Case closed as far as the Lefties are concerned.
It would be a good idea to decouple the press business model from politics, but you can’t do that without taking away the women’s vote.
“But the fact is no one has ever found direct evidence that Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia”
Who writes this kind of bullshit?
There was NEVER any evidence EVER found that Trumps campaign colluded with the Russkies BECAUSE the Trump campaign NEVER colluded with the Russians on anything. FACT.
When people write shit like the above its like they have no fucking idea whats been going on. People who write shit like the above are the kinds of people who start with “yes it was terrible” and then justify it with “but he says mean things”.
Since its bar talk what was real??
Mr “All Talk and No Action,” Barr. He has ignored IG criminal referrals for Comey, McCabe and fourteen others, he has just learned from Horowitz that FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered an email to implicate Carter Page as a Russian asset to fraudulently obtain a FISA warrant, when in fact Page was a CIA asset and has done nothing to prosecute Clinesmith. Lisa Page altered Flynn’s 302s and then lied about it and she is still walking around free as a bird, meanwhile he allows the prosecutions of anyone remotely associated with Trump for the most dubious of reasons. Oh, and how is that promised investigation into the death of Jeffery Epstein coming along, Mr Attorney General?
IG’s cannot make criminal convictions. IG’s HAVE to accept the word of the person who has volunteered to speak to them.
IG reports are more akin to an HR department making sure a company has followed its own policies and processes and doesn’t make a determination about the motivation of individuals.
What I do take heart with those is the very strong comments Barr is making. You think back to the previous 3 or 4 AG’s and how wishy washy they were when it came to ANYTHING remotely controversial.
The fact this guy is stating on the record that activity that we have seen these last 3 years is historical should put the shits right up the Democrats who are most responsible for the destruction of the once august institutions they have infected with their political bias.
As Ive said previously, what the FBI/CIA/DOJ requires is an Elliot Ness type individual to come in and root out all the corruption…I am hoping (with good reason to be hopeful) that Barr is that guy.
SORRY….that should have been criminal REFERALS, not convictions!
Since Barr and Dunham can FORCE, on pain of imprisonment, people to testify under oath then Democrats are in for a world of hurt! Looking forward to all those 3 am SWAT raids in front of camera’s at seeing people being frog marched out of their houses!!
That’s nice. Continue to do nothing and you become part of that false narrative.
So where are the indictments? Start perp-walking corrupt FBI agents and I’ll believe you to be serious about dealing with this problem. The more and the higher placed, the better.
The press has a long history of taking even the sketchiest leads written in crayon and blasting them as The Greatest Truth Ever on the front pages of every newspaper, provided they abide by the Rules of The Narrative. Remember the GW Bush/Killian memo which was a supposed 1973 era document typed in 2004 Microsoft Word?
The FBI is *supposed* to be above all that, but the Horowitz report shows without a doubt that they took any bit of evidence pointing to Trump’s guilt as gold, even if it was sourced so bad that the National Enquirer would not run it next to their Bat-Boy articles, while any evidence of innocence was tossed into the trash.
It is my opinion that the FBI leadership could not care less about the damage they were doing to the agency reputation, or the Clinton record of Russian cash. They wanted to be able to read Trump’s mail and listen to Trump’s phone calls so they could find legitimate dirt on him, *any* dirt, something that would get him kicked out of office when they quietly leaked it to the MSM. And they didn’t, which speaks volumes.
AG Barr in his interviews with both the WSJ and NBC news stated that any case of collusion against the Trump campaign had collapsed by Jan. 2017. It would seem to me that both Comey and the weasel Rosenstein had to have known that (recall that Rosenstein signed off on at least one FISA warrant). Comey could have ended this entire charade by simply stating that there was no evidence of collusion. This goes to show just how fundamentally dishonest Comey is. As for the weasel Rosenstein, he is beneath contempt for initiating the special prosecutor with the incompetent and doddering Mueller. As for Mueller and his team of “investigators” with terminal TDS, Barr’s statement shows just how incompetent Mueller was. That is because he too should have been able to determine immediately that there was no case. Instead he and his crew tried to invent one over a two year period by persecuting Papadopoulos, Flynn and Manafort.
>Two final thoughts: 1) Observe how dishonest the Marxist Stream Media have been by pushing the Russian collusion delusion hoax, in particular, the Slimes, the Bezos Compost and Counterfeit News Network. 2) Observe the rank dishonesty of Adam Schiff who kept claiming he had proof of collusion. Why this monster should be in charge of anything is a blot on the entire political establishment in the House.
Graham asks Horowitz if Comey is vindicated by his findings.
Horowitz: “The findings here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this FISA.”
FISA & The “No Fly”/”No Guns” List
I read both volumes of the Mueller report when it came out, and will be downloading and reading the Horowitz report in the next couple of days. But after watching the testimony today, it seems clear that there was at very least severe negligence on the FBI’s part.
Why mention this with respect to guns? The reason is that, not long ago, the Democratic Party wanted to eliminate the second amendment for anyone who winds up on the “no fly list.” There are no safeguards with respect to being put on that list, and it is a nightmare for those who try to get themselves removed from it.
If the FBI is incompetent and dishonest with FISA applications, which supposedly entail rigorous justification (ha!), just imagine what will happen to gun owners if the government can simply put someone on a “no fly” (and “no guns”) list without any meaningful review or repercussions for errors.
Whatever anyone thinks of Trump or his actions, the idea that the government can simply wave its hand and abrogate the second amendment is an outrage, and should be stoutly resisted at every opportunity.
Speaking of FBI dishonesty, Clint Eastwood has a soon to be released movie about how the FBI destroyed Richard Jewell.
Techno Fog’s Giant List Of MSM Hacks Who Swore FBI Didn’t Rely On Steele Dossier
You expect any different of the Federal Bureau of Incompetence or is that the Federal Bureau of Incineration,take your pick.