U.S. Attorney General – ‘Small Group of People’ Tried To ‘Topple’ Trump

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CROSSFIRE HURRICANE – In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) the day before his resignation, Attorney General William Barr, was very clear about what he thought of how the Justice Department was used in the Clinton-crafted Trump-Russia-collusion hoax.

“The Department of Justice [DOJ] was being used as a political weapon” by a “willful if small group of people,” who used the claim of collusion with Russia in an attempt to “topple an administration,” Barr said, according to Kimberley Strassel.

Strassel added:

Mr. Barr describes an overarching objective of ensuring that there is “one standard of justice.” That, he says, is why he appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the FBI’s 2016 Crossfire Hurricane probe. “Of course, the Russians did bad things in the election,” he says. “But the idea that this was done with the collusion of the Trump campaign—there was never any evidence. It was entirely made up.” The country deserved to know how the world’s premier law-enforcement agency came to target and spy on a presidential campaign.

Mr. Barr says Mr. Durham’s appointment should not have been necessary. Mr. Mueller’s investigation should have exposed FBI malfeasance. Instead, “the Mueller team seems to have been ready to blindly accept anything fed to it by the system,” Mr. Barr says, adding that this “is exactly what DOJ should not be.”

Significantly, as I wrote earlier, based on documents recently declassified by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the CIA (despite Director John Brennan’s inclinations) appears to have been fairly solid in its conduct. The FBI was warned by the CIA in 2016 that the Hillary Clinton campaign might be behind the “collusion” claims.

As I noted, the CIA went so far as sending the FBI an “investigative referral” to look into the Clinton campaign’s apparent deliberate deception and potential manipulation by Russian intelligence in pushing the false Trump-Russia narrative.

As Strassel writes:

…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. 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.”

This was certainly not true of the FBI. Barr who was Attorney General once before from 1991-1993 reportedly said that the FBI’s conduct during their counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign was “outrageous.” And that was the reason for the ongoing investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the FBI’s 2016 Crossfire Hurricane probe.

Regarding the Durham investigation, she added:

Barr says Mr. Durham’s probe is now tightly focused on “the conduct of Crossfire Hurricane, the small group at the FBI that was most involved in that,” as well as “the activities of certain private actors.” (Mr. Barr doesn’t elaborate.) Mr. Durham has publicly stated he’s not convinced the FBI team had an adequate “predicate” to launch an investigation.

While Barr understands the frustration of many Republicans that the Durham inquiry wasn’t finished and made public prior to the 2020 election, Strassel said Barr believes that it is being handled professionally. It is also the way to rebuild the Department’s integrity and regain the trust of the American people.

This should also mean that Durham’s conclusions will be more credible once finalized.


Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Mike W
Mike W
7 months ago

Sounds like Barr is scared to death of “Arkancide”. He is running away without issuing his promised report. More wasted time- or just another stall tactic. Does anyone really trust Bill Barr?

Allen
Allen
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike W

Not me. Sounds like a bigger POS than I thought he was from the beginning. Hope he gets lumps of coal.

HJill
7 months ago

The ‘one standard of justice’ that Bill Barr talks about doesn’t include President Trump or his supporters. The truth about Bill Barr came out with his statements after the election that there is “no voter fraud”….when he is ignoring the vast amount of affidavits by people who observed the fraud! He is just a member of the deep state, you know – the Bushies!

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago
Reply to  HJill

Amen HJill!

Jack Peck
Jack Peck
7 months ago
Reply to  HJill

You really nailed it. As it turns out, the ‘Deep State’ is much bigger than anyone thought. It involves all of those behind the scenes, plus many of our elected officials. Choosing someone who was not ‘one of them’, to be president of the U.S., has really created a firestorm.
To make my point, Trump has not been able to find anyone to fill the position of the U.S. Attorney General that wasn’t a member of the ‘Deep State’. Also, when James Clapper was being grilled by the press about his involvement, along with John Brennen, he replied, “We were just following orders”. Who gave orders to Clapper and Brennen? No one but Barack Obama…

Robert
Robert
7 months ago

Now what Barr just said, if true why was there not a report with his and Durham’s name on it, and the proof of the the statements, now what Barr neglected to say is that every Person who survives the Presidential Primaries or is chosen to be Vice President since 1870 has had the exact same investigation Trump had, the exception is no other Campaign has been found to have over 100 contacts with Foreign Intelligence agents especially our arch enemy Russia.

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Still pushing the Russian Hoax, eh, Robert?

Ben Gabus
Ben Gabus
7 months ago
Reply to  Robert

that MAY OR MAY NOT be the case. I haven’t checked yet, BUT I can’t recall any Presidential candidate having the FALSE information supplied and accepted as truth by the opposing candidate and, on the basis of that FALSE INFO, been badgered, not only during his campaign, but through the largest part of his presidency. As far as any Demosrat reps being duped, any person willing to jump on the “Hate Trump” bandwagon with half-a-brain, could have easily dug up the truth. Half of the American people were willing to look for the truth. I’m not saying the other half were idiots, but they were so intent on having a woman president, they didn’t look any further than her confident smile (Smirk). That same smile she used as she defamed all the women her sadistic husband used to gratify his sexual appetite.The same smile she used to console the families of those killed at an American embasy while she lied about the identity of the attackers to save her president from embarrassment just before his second election. I have no problem with having a woman president, just not Hillary. Oh. If Hillary had been vetted as you say all final candidates, her name would have never made onto the ballots.

Pete
Pete
7 months ago

Total colossal failure on all ends of the spectrum with our FBI and DOJ.
AND STILL NOTHING
Does Barr or anyone else think this ends here???

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
7 months ago

Barr came late to this party and I believe he did as well as most would have, under conventional judicial practices. Most of us already knew what he said and already harbored deep mistrust of everything government. It’ll be a long time before anyone accepts government rules, regulations, laws and day-to-day operations. They may comply but eventually, they’ll get even.

Stephen Norman
Stephen Norman
7 months ago

“This should also mean that Durham’s conclusions will be more credible once finalized.”
I’ll believe that when (and IF) I see it.

Herbert G. Ghapman
Herbert G. Ghapman
7 months ago

WE may never see the total of Durham’s investigation conclusion if the D.O.J. continues walking the same path

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago

Strangely all investigations take forever, and then suddenly stop as if they never were!

Tim
Tim
7 months ago

If Barr believes this, than why aren’t people in jail for treason!

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago
Reply to  Tim

Promises mean nothing when results are always lacking.

AttilHun
AttilHun
7 months ago

Barr speaks with forked tongue, and fooled everyone including Rush, Hannity, and Levin. But Trump nominated the lying POS as well as Wray

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago
Reply to  AttilHun

Yes Trump is often too trusting. He will eventually fire them, but should never have hired them in the first place. Haul in patriotic, Christians. They are more likely to get the job done than mealy mouth politicians. They (politicians) will tell you whatever you want to hear. Then later their true nature pops up and lo and behold they never were what youn thought they were. Then they let you down!

George Peabody
George Peabody
7 months ago

Sen. McConnell made it very clear on December 14, 2020, that he won’t tolerate Republican senators speaking out against or challenging the Electoral College results on January 6, 2021. Mitch McConnell is a TRAITOR Against USA!President Trump must declare Martial Law now to clean up the 2020 election fraud and TREASON !
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FYI: The Case For Invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807
If the Supreme Court of the United States refuses to even hear evidence about the most fraudulent election in our lifetimes, with cheating occurring dozens of different ways, then the rule of law is dead.
So what can be done?
There’s a remedy for that. It’s called the Insurrection Act of 1807 and it was designed for situations like this 2020 Election
he Insurrection Act empowers the president of the United States to deploy U.S. military and federalized National Guard troops to suppress civil disorder, insurrection, and rebellion.

Beehive Conservative
Beehive Conservative
7 months ago

Until Hillary is prosecuted for the storage of classified information on a private server along with the destruction of the servers and her Blackberries while they were under Congressional subpoena there will always be two standards of justice.

bo navajo
bo navajo
7 months ago

If you believe Barr’s BS about this restoring public confidence in the FBI you and a constipated elephant have a lot in common. The only things that will do that are: indictment/arrest of clinton, DNC, confiscation of all voting machines and indictments/arrests of numerous state officials and the voting machine execs.

Floyd Hardee
7 months ago

So why didn’t he appoint a special council to investigate the Biden Crime Family? There have been no significant arrests to date, and likely there never will be. Saying is not doing. Where is the results of the investigations? Why are the Clinton’s still running free? We want results not false promises!

JohnS
JohnS
6 months ago

He came away as someone ducking bullets or harm to his reputation. It was HIS responsibility to initiate investigations to the deep state. Nevermind about bad actors of malcontents aainst Trump. This was noting short of a conspiracy, including the whole Mueller team to overthrow a duly elected president as a coup. It was his responsibility to charge them with sedition and bring them all in to Justice. Delayed Justice is no justice at all since even he knew that the investigation by the special council will end up in the trash heap under the overwhelming influence of a Biden administration. What these conspirators did will never see the light of true punishment as they once again take over the entire Justice Department. That Mr. Barr will be YOUR final legacy for America.


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