Tuesday, December 10, 2019

AG Barr Weighs in on IG Report and FISA Abuse in New Interview   Matt Vespa   Posted: Dec 10, 2019

Attorney General William Barr had an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Pete Williams where he noted his concerns with the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on FISA abuses under the Obama administration. The review concerned how the FBI acted concerning the FISA spy warrant it obtained against former Trump campaign official Carter Page. Overall, the report noted that there were over a dozen errors when it came to the FISA application, including omitting information and exculpatory evidence, a failure that was systemic. The IG report does torch the FBI but noted that there was no evidence of political bias concerning the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016. That’s a serious issue. And all the deviations from department policy appear to be those who wanted to try and hurt the Trump campaign. Yet, there’s no bias? This is why there’s so much skepticism on that part of the report because we know there was bias. It was ingrained when former FBI officials Lisa Page and Peter Strzok’s text messages were revealed. The DOJ IG does not have subpoena power, so a deep dive was not possible, but it was a nice appetizer to the main course: AG Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, which is headed by U.S. Attorney John Durham. The investigation recently became a criminal one. 

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