Attorney General Bill Barr weighed-in Tuesday on the recently released Inspector General’s report; saying the FBI practiced “gross abuse” that relied on “flimsy evidence” to surveil senior Trump associates during the 2016 election.
“Attorney General Bill Bar is blasting the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation, saying investigators relied on ‘flimsy’ evidence in launching the probe and disputing key conclusions from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report released Monday,” reports Fox News.
“It’s hard to look at this stuff and not think that it was a gross abuse,” Barr said. “Where I disagree with Mike, I just think this was very flimsy.”
“The normal thing to do in this situation,” Barr said, “is to go to the campaign, and here I don’t think there’s a legitimate explanation for why they didn’t.”
Read the full report here.
Source: Fox News
‘DECLASSIFY THE DOCS’: Sen. Graham Asks the Attorney General to ‘Declassify’ FISA Abuse Documents
Sen. Lindsey Graham called-on Attorney General Bill Barr to release a series of documents related to allegations of widespread FISA abuse during the 2016 election; saying the American people have a right to view the “complete results” of the Inspector General’s investigation.
“Since March 28, 2018, the Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has been conducting an investigation into the Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable Department and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) related to Carter Page. According to Inspector General David Horowitz that investigation is nearing completion,” Graham wrote in a letter to the Attorney General.
“In order for the Inspector General to be able to present the most complete results of his investigation to Congress and the American people, certain documents will need to be declassified and released to the public. I write to urge you to declassify all documents the Inspector General identifies as appropriate for declassification as much as possible, without harming national security,” he added.
Read Graham’s full letter to the Attorney General here.
GRAHAM ON HANNITY: The Collusion Narrative is Dead, FISA Abuse Narrative Growing ‘EVERY DAY’
Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham spoke with Sean Hannity Tuesday night to weigh-in on the escalating FISA abuse scandal sweeping the DOJ; saying all Americans “should be concerned” if the nation’s top-secret courts were “lied to.”
“Horowitz will be coming out soon with his internal review of the FISA warrant application, and whether or not the court was defrauded by the Department of Justice and the FBI. The collusion narrative has died with the Mueller report, and the corruption narrative is growing every day,” said Graham.
“Every American should be concerned about whether the FISA court was lied to. Every American should be worried about whether our government used foreign governments to do things that are prohibited by law,” he added.
Graham slammed the DOJ’s handling of Hillary’s botched email probe earlier this month; saying there’s little doubt she “committed obstruction of justice.”
“The bulk of information in the FISA application in October 2016 that led directly to spying on the Trump campaign, was the Hillary, phony Russian Dossier. James Comey signed it,” said Hannity.
“It’s not a theory. We know that Comey told the President that I want you to know about the unverified dossier. That’s the same document given to the court in October. Those two things don’t add up. Those are facts that need to be reconciled,” said Graham.
“There was no collusion with the Russians. Case closed, let’s look at all these other people and find out how we got in this mess to begin with… Taking a hammer to a phone, bleaching evidence are classic examples of Obstruction of Justice,” he added.
Recently obtained emails exchanged between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page show the FBI aimed to accommodate requests from Hillary Clinton’s lawyers leading up to the 2016 race for the White House.
“Internal FBI emails released Monday show FBI officials in 2016 sought to ‘expeditiously’ accommodate a request for information from then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, in what a conservative watchdog group claimed is evidence of ‘special treatment,’” reports Fox News.
“Judicial Watch – a group that routinely sues for government records – obtained and released 218 pages of emails between former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Many of the emails have to do with the bureau’s investigation into whether Clinton improperly used a private email server as secretary of state to discuss classified information,” adds the article.
“The emails released Monday, meanwhile, show then-FBI General Counsel James Baker writing that he spoke with Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, in August 2016 and promised that the FBI would work to hand over a copy of the 302 from Clinton’s interview ‘expeditiously,’” writes Fox.