Attorney General Bill Barr weighed-in over the weekend on the Department of Justice’s decision to drop all charges against former NSA Michael Flynn; saying the FBI extended their probe to “trap” the General.
“They were closing the investigation in December… There’s no mystery. They initially tried some theories of how they can open another investigation. Then they found out they haven’t closed the earlier investigation. They kept it open with the express purpose of trying to catch, lay a perjury trap for General Flynn,” said the Attorney General.
WATCH: Attorney General Bill Barr says the FBI kept open an investigation "for the express purpose of trying to lay a perjury trap for General Flynn.” pic.twitter.com/0Y7VEi93Nj
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BARR BEGINS: The Attorney General Slams ‘Clear Mistakes’ in Steele Dossier, Says FBI's Use 'Strange'
Attorney General William Barr questioned the DOJ’s use of the infamous ‘Steele Dossier’ to obtain FISA warrants against the Trump campaign this week; saying the document has a “number of clear mistakes.”
“It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that, especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejune analysis,” Barr told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer.
“And to use that to conduct counterintelligence against an American political campaign is a strange — would be strange development,” he added.
The FBI’s use of the now-debunked Dossier to surveil Trump campaign insiders is the subject of the Attorney General’s latest investigation; appointing a US prosecutor to “get to the bottom” of what occurred ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
“Fox News reported on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr had assigned John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry into alleged misconduct and alleged improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors,” reports Fox News.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr testified on April 9.
“The FBI’s July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was opened by former senior agent Peter Strzok. Former FBI counsel Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was romantically involved, revealed during a closed-door congressional interview that the FBI ‘knew so little’ about whether allegations against the Trump campaign were ‘true or not true,’ at the time that they opened the probe, noting that they had just ‘a paucity of evidence because we are just starting down the path’ of vetting the allegations,” adds the report.
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BARR TALK: AG Barr Blasts the FBI’s Russia Probe, Slams Investigators for ‘Gross Abuse’
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.”
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