Barr Launches Wide-Ranging Probe Into 2016 FBI Spying

Attorney General William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Panel this week that he has assembled a team at the Justice Department to probe whether the spying conducted by the FBI against the Trump campaign in 2016 was improper, reports Bloomberg

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Barr suggested that he would focus on former senior leaders at the FBI and Justice Department. 

“To the extent there was overreach, what we have to be concerned about is a few people at the top getting it into their heads that they know better than the American people,” said Barr. 

Barr will also review whether the infamous Steele dossier – a collection of salacious and unverified claims against Donald Trump, assembled by a former British spy and paid for by the Clinton campaign – was fabricated by the Russian government to trick the FBI and other US agencies. (Will Barr investigate whether Steele made the whole thing up for his client, Fusion GPS?)

“We now know that he was being falsely accused,” Barr said of Trump. “We have to stop using the criminal justice process as a political weapon.”

Mueller’s report didn’t say there were false accusations against Trump. It said the evidence of cooperation between the campaign and Russia “was not sufficient to support criminal charges.” Investigators were unable to get a complete picture of the activities of some relevant people, the special counsel found.

Although Barr’s review has only begun, it’s helping to fuel a narrative long embraced by Trump and some of his Republican supporters: that the Russia investigation was politically motivated and concocted from false allegations in order to spy on Trump’s campaign and ultimately undermine his presidency. –Bloomberg

As Bloomberg notes, Barr’s review could receive a boost by a Thursday New York Times article acknowledging that the FBI sent a ‘honeypot’ spy to London in 2016 to pose as a research assistant and gather intelligence from Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos over possible Trump campaign links to Russia. 

The Trump re-election campaign immediately seized on the Times report as evidence that improper spying did occur. “As President Trump has said, it is high time to investigate the investigators,” said Trump campaign manager, Brad Parscale in a statement. 

During Barr’s Wednesday testimony, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) told Barr “It appears to me that the Obama administration, Justice Department and FBI decided to place their bets on Hillary Clinton and focus their efforts” when it came to investigating the Trump campaign. 

Depending on what Barr finds, his review of the Russia probe could give Trump ammunition to defend himself in continuing congressional inquiries — and in a potential impeachment for obstructing justice. Barr told senators that Trump’s actions can’t be seen as obstruction if he was exercising his constitutional authority as president to put an end to an illegitimate investigation.

Barr’s efforts follow two years of work by a group of House Republicans who have been conducting dozens of interviews regarding the FBI’s and Justice Department’s conduct in the early stages of investigation of Trump and his campaign. –Bloomberg

On Thursday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) issued a criminal referral for Nellie Ohr – a former Fusion GPS contractor who passed anti-Trump research to her husband, then the #4 official at the DOJ. 

On Thursday, Meadows said that Barr’s “willingness to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation is the first step in putting the questionable practices of the past behind us,” and that the AG’s “tenacity is sure to be rewarded.”

The FBI opened its counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign after a self-professed member of the Clinton Foundation, Joseph Mifsud, fed Papadopoulos the rumor that Russia had “dirt” on Clinton. That rumor would be coaxed out of the former Trump aide by another Clinton-connected individual – Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, who would notify authorities of Papadopoulos’ admission, officially launching the investigation. 

Barr says he wants to get to the bottom of it. 

His review will examine the above chain of events that set the investigation into motion, and whether any US agencies were engaged in spying on or investigating the Trump campaign before the probe was officially launched

Barr said he’s working with FBI Director Christopher Wray “to reconstruct exactly what went down.” He said he has “people in the department helping me review the activities over the summer of 2016.”

Notably, Barr said his aides will be “working very closely” with the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz.

Horowitz is conducting his own investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation and whether there were abuses when the FBI obtained a secret warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in October 2016 to spy on another foreign policy adviser to the campaign, Carter Page. –Bloomberg

Barr will also investigate when the DOJ and FBI knew that the Democratic Party and Clinton was Steele

More subterfuge, or is this really happening?

via zerohedge

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46 comments

  1. There are certainly plenty of players in this corruption scheme to investigate but, the end game should include indictments issued against Obama and Clinton; two of the most corrupt political figures in the history of the country.

    1. exactly, rexalan.
      the left libs have had too much time to create this monster, and the honorable Barr is a man like our President, he is a doer.
      i hope they can get to the bottom of this whole scandle in time to put away ALL the players.
      holder, lying loretta lynch,hilly and billy, barry and his croonies, the list is long and dastardly, we still have to be about running our country and all this fodder from the left has eaten up precious time that xould have been well used to clean up our great nation. 🇺🇸MAGA🇺🇸

    2. That would be GREAT! (and LONG overdue) The time has come to finally clean up the “deep-state” actors…ALL OF THEM..THIS is why the DEMOCOMMUNISTS are trying so hard to get rid of the AG before he FINALLY can expose all of the nefarious deeds and corruption committed by the DEMOCOMMUNISTS and RINOS hell-bent on removing PRESIDENT TRUMP and curbing the “status-quo” and putting the CONTROL and POWER back into “WE THE PEOPLE” where it should be.

    3. 78HyI really am interested on investigating these duo politicians, more so to the point of B. Hussein Obama masterminding the failed attempted coup against a duly elected President of the United States. It was apparent that Hussein weaponized high level officials from the DOJ and the FBI to undermine the presidency. He also used the high echelons of the intelligence agencies to do his bidding. Fearing that if he (Obama) failed, his personal records would be kept intact until after 5 years without any probe. That’s because the American people have doubts about the legitimacy of his presidency. For example: where was Obama been born. His half brother in Kenya and his grandmother attest that he was born in Kenya. The birth certificate in Hawai’i is questionable. And, he kept his curriculum vitae also under seal. The question is why. Because he reportedly used the name of his adoptive Indonesian father when went to school here in the US, carrying the name of Barry Saetoro as a foreign student.

      1. What about his wife Michael or Michelle? Is that all fake news?
        Is she a him or a her? I hope everything comes out in the wash!
        It would be a blessing to go into 2020 with a clear slate! The US
        constituents should be apprised of all of the shenanigans (i.e. crimes) that occurred under the Clinton/Obama watch for the past 20 PLUS YEARS. Our country needs serious “healing”. It is morally and emotionally damaged.

  2. Thank God for AG Barr! The dems keep embarrassing themselves while attacking AG Barr. We are all aware that they are running scared and have to make a last stand before the fit hits the shan which is coming very soon!

      1. AGREED! Build a gallows with several noose, so there will be no “long wait”.
        Make sure it is TELEVISED, so “we the people” can be sure “justice” has been done!

  3. Even bigger issue- when are you, AG Barr, going to announce you are charging Hillary Clinton with her felonies that Comey let her skate on from orders by Lynch via billy Clinton tarmac meeting.

    Americans will not think there is real justice in this country until you do.

    1. Bill Barr has been AG since Feb. 15th. Just how do you think he can already have all the evidence he needs to indict her or anyone else. Have a little patience, please. He WILL get the job done, if anyone can.

  4. Finally, we may see some justice in Washington. Corruption has been going on for years and nothing has been done about it. Go get them AG Barr. We are behind you 100%.

  5. Barr Launches Wide-Ranging Probe Into 2016 FBI Spying
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    🎆💓👍GOOD👍💓🎆 and thank you honorable Mr US AG Barr

    and please literally send all the damned corrupt lyin devious neverTRUMP politicians to hell

    as immediately as possible
    Amen & Amen!!!

  6. There are so many criminals to pick from, and I resent that he is only going to investigate the upper levels. I do hope that when names start coming out, that they DON’T varnish over what some of the old heads have done because in the past they have done good. If they find this, I feel very certain there were other things and a few good deeds don’t forgive the bad. All rotten apples, despite the party, need to be gone. Both sides have guilty participants and the American people need to know.

  7. Atty. General Barr is the best…he stays cool, calm and collected in answering stupid questions. That
    congresswoman from Hawaii Herono should be ashamed of herself acting like a know all.

  8. I VOTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1960 MANY YEARS AGO. I HAVE TRAVELLED TO MANY COUNTRIES AND HAVE WITNESSED COUP BY MILITARY MOST OF THEM VERY VIOLENT TAKE OVER. I NEVER EVER DREAMT WE WOULD HAVE A COUP IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY!!!
    I THANK GOD FOR THIS PRESIDENT WHO WAS A BILLIONAIRE PLAYBOY AND GAVE UP THAT LIFE TO HELP THIS COUNTRY. THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WITH OBAMA, CLINTON, BIDEN THE 3 STOOGES COMEY, BRENNAN AKA COMMUNIST AND SHIT FACE CLAPPER WEOPANIZED THE FBI, CIA, NSA AND USED THE NEWS MEDIA ( CNN AKA CLINTON NEWS NETWORK, MSNBC ( AKA PRAVDA NEWS ) TO OVERTHROW A LEGITIMATE FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT!! THEY ALL NEED TO BE SUITED WITH ORANGE SUITES AND PUT IN ONE CELL FOR LONG TIME!!

        1. Your the deepest thinker with an extremely educated vocabulary on this site. You are so informative with factual incite.

          Great job.

    1. Maybe Mr Barr will investigate how B.O. etal weaponized poor Mrs Ford to use against Romney’s #2(Kavannah) on his list of possible Supreme Court nominees. Since Romney didn’t win they held her in reserve and DiFi introduced her to accuse Kavannah.
      Al

  9. As hard as he tried Muller could not give the democrats the collusion that they wanted and he didn’t have the stones to make a decision on obstruction because stating flat out there was no obstruction would have been a slap in the face to the crying democrats that hired him so he left it open to interpretation so that his fellow democrats would still be able to kick and scream about something and still try to overturn the election . Muller was incompetent and a coward for not concluding one way or another about obstruction and he proved that his entire operation was a waste of taxpayer money . At what point do these democrats in congress and the house say that they have a job to do and they were not voted in just to just hate trump . They should wear a mask out of guilt and shame when they accept their pay check because they have forgotten what they have been hired to do .

    1. Applying the logic of this group of comments, I come to the conclusion that Obama and his people were a LOT smarter than Trump and his people. Obama and his people committed terrible crimes (according to you all) but they were in office for 8 years and NONE were indicted. Trumps’ been in office for 2 years and several dozen of his people have been charged, and he has been found to be a co-conspirator in criminal campaign finance violations, and there are a dozen incidents in Mueller report that would be actionable criminal obstruction of justice by the president except for the questionable Justice Department policy that a President cannot be indicted while he is in office. Please wake up. What you see is what you get. Obama is an honorable man. That cannot be said of Trump.

      1. Your anti-Trump rant is nothing but subjective noise without any substance to substantiate your claims. It’s like having a temper tantrum like a toddler. You wrote, “…but they were in office for 8 years and NONE were indicted.” Felonies have no limit for prosecutions to be made.

        1. The convolutions and permutations of the “Mueller investigation” were intended to provide cover for Obama’s rather dramatic weaponization of several agencies with the collusion of their management. This will not be easy to unravel but we should go through it so we can see how to change the structure to prevent “weaponization” actions in the future. We also need to harden access to infrastructure in the future.

  10. Corrupt Dems, and it appears that there are many, are going to try to run for the hills at lightening speed on this one with their one and only recourse to continue to shift further left as they see that their day of reckoning is immediately around the corner

  11. By the way the democrat party has behaved since trump became president raises a serious question in my mind and that is have these elected officials ever been able to govern or at least attempt to do their jobs or have they been faking it and that is why nothing ever changed for the better till trump got in office . Look at that nut case senator acting like a child and putting a chicken in front of attorney General Barr’s seat and eating Kentucky fried chicken with his mouth wide open while spitting fragments of chicken out of his vile pie hole . This chicken eating man child has a part in making policy for our country ” very scary ” , he needs to be investigated to see if he is delusional because any man his age that is acting like that can not have all of his marbles , maybe he was spitting his brains out with the chicken .

  12. Democrats are now desperate, that much is obvious. They have nothing except evidence that show the Russian collusion scheme was cooked up by Democrats. May they go down in flames.

  13. OBAMMY = Racist/BIGOT, hated the USA, and that muslim was sworn in via the Quran……He has always been the pure evil that lurks in the DEM/RINO camp…….THOSE DEMS knew that he was born in KENYA and NEVER became a legal citizen…………

  14. Today’s Democratic Party is comprised of four main groups. 1. Communists, 2. Satanists, 3. Traitors, and 4. Criminals.

    1. Agreed. When it became unpopular to be found out as a member of the Communist Party of America, members joined the rank and file of the Democrat Party. Therein lies the reason for thuggery, lies, name-calling, pro-abortion, voter-fraud, and violence coming from the Democrat Party liberals. And most of the MSM is a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party.

  15. would not be surprised to find a lot of setting democrats in congress new about it and aided it.

  16. Sick of the lying and corruption. High time we get a person in there that goes after the guilty parties and helpers. May it be into the highest circles. The two tier justice system should be evened out to the saying “Justice for one and for all”. No favoritism like the Smollet case. If they want our guns gone,
    their body guards should be gone too. Why should we be open to the criminals gun and the people in de Senate have all the protection they want at the taxpayer cost. Even out the playing field for Pete’s sake.

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