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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:
That confirms it, Barr is one of them. I’m sad about that because I had great hope for him.
— Angela Mortz (@MortzAngela) December 19, 2020
Ive said all along, Barr can not be trusted. He sat on all the info so nothing else could be done with it in a timely manner by anyone else. They are in his pocket and bank account.
— Clint Pinder (@ManiacalMojo) December 19, 2020
Barr proved to be a major disappointment. He’s an establishment protector
— justsaying (@beenyb8b) December 19, 2020
Love how these corrupt idiots think we just mindlessly believe what they say. We know what we saw, we are not sheep. Easy to see thru the lies.
— Todd Delvin (@DelvinTodd) December 19, 2020
AG Barr came back to provide cover to the deep state swamp rats. He is part of the club. Barr, Mueller, Rosenstein, Yates, Comey,McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Wray Rosen etc They are BFF’s Bush Sr CIA. Once you’re in you’re never out. @MZHemingway @SaraCarterDC @TomFitton pic.twitter.com/TTAFDVMLiT
— Dennis Yellowhorse (Parler Yellowhorse) (@yellowhorse_1) December 19, 2020
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.
Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani pushes back at AG Barr’s comments that there’s no evidence of fraud to change the election outcome, saying there “hasn’t been any semblance of a Department of Justice investigation.” pic.twitter.com/hDssyCcHG5
— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) December 1, 2020
Trump ally Roger Stone says AG Bill Barr’s job is to “block for the deep state.” pic.twitter.com/cj41ZjVmhy
— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) December 2, 2020
Lou Dobbs absolutely loses it over Bill Barr saying there’s no evidence of widespread voter fraud, accusing Barr of joining “the Deep State and the Resistance” before saying this:
“He is either a liar or a fool or both. He may be – perhaps compromised.” pic.twitter.com/x9kU5xkctV
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 1, 2020
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.
— kappelloarts (@kappelloarts) December 14, 2020
“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.
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