AG Barr tells press that there was ‘no CIA misconduct’ in Trump-Russia spying

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Attorney General Bill Barr has effectively acquitted the Central Intelligence Agency of any wrongdoing as it pertains to the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory that was used to attack President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel this week, he revealed that he’d concluded relatively early-on that, unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the CIA hadn’t behaved badly during the Russia probe.

Mr. Barr was initially suspicious that agents had been spying on the Trump campaign before the official July 2016 start date of Crossfire Hurricane, and that the Central Intelligence Agency or foreign intelligence had played a role,” Strassel reported.

But even prior to naming Mr. Durham special counsel, Mr. Barr had come to the conclusion that he didn’t ‘see any sign of improper CIA activity’ or ‘foreign government activity before July 2016,’ he says. ‘The CIA stayed in its lane.’

That’s certainly good news for those worried about how far the tentacles of the “Deep State’ reach.

Whether or not the president’s most die-hard supporters will accept this conclusion, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter.

Some of his more zealous supporters are now wholly convinced that he himself is a “Deep State” operative full of nothing but lies:

Anger has been brewing against Barr ever since he told the Associated Press around the start of the month that the Department of Justice had not yet found enough examples of fraud to substantiate the claim that voter fraud had altered the 2020 election’s outcome.

The pile-on was joined by everybody from the president’s attorney Rudy Giuliani to his former 2016 campaign adviser Roger Stone and even Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs.

Look:

Yet despite the whirlwind of anger against him, Barr’s record seems to speak for itself.

“If Mr. Barr, 70, dominated headlines over the past two years, it’s because he made a lot of tough calls. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s constitutionally dubious claims that President Trump committed obstruction of justice? No. An investigation of the 2016 Russia-collusion probe and the dismissal of charges against Mike Flynn ? Yes,” Strassel notes.

“New oversight of sensitive political investigations and surveillance of U.S. citizens? Yes. A criminal referral about Mr. Trump’s call to the Ukrainian president? No. Repeated demands—from the left and the right—for his department to engage in politics? No, no, no.”

His intent all along, in fact, was to “do the right thing,” which in his case meant stopping the DOJ from “being used a political weapon” by a “willful if small group of people” (think Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page) whose goals were to “topple” the administration.

“Someone had to make sure that the power of the department stopped being abused and that there was accountability for what had happened,” Barr told Strassel.

It’s why he assigned Durham to the Russia predicate probe and remains committed to exposing the perpetrators responsible for the collusion hoax.

“Of course the Russians did bad things in the election. But the idea that this was done with the collusion of the Trump campaign—there was never any evidence. It was entirely made up,” he said.

But proving that, he added, is going to take time.

“Mr. Barr notes that Mr. Durham had to wait until the end of 2019 for Inspector General Michael Horowitz to complete his own investigation into the FBI’s surveillance. Then came the Covid lockdowns, which suspended federal grand juries for six months. Mr. Durham could no longer threaten to subpoena uncooperative witnesses,” Strassel notes.

With Durham now in place as a special counsel, however, he has all the time in the world to achieve results, though whether or not the president’s exasperated base has any patience left remains to be seen.

Vivek Saxena

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