Attorney General William Barr made the bold and true statement in an NBC N
He also exposed the Trump campaign’s extensive contacts with Russian officials is nothing but pure lies, insisting also that even if “presidential campaigns are frequently in contact with foreign persons.”
Barr’s comments were a stark contrast from Horowitz’s report, which claimed to have found no evidence of the “spying” allegations invoked by the president and his conservative allies. Surveillance on his campaign according to Horowitz is not spying. Horowitz also downplayed the misleading statements to obtain the illegal warrants as “mistakes”.
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said Tuesday as he rejected the report’s findings. ” There were gross abuses . . . and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.” Barr said.
The inspector general report, which falsely concluded that the FBI did not “spy” on the Trump campaign and he thinks the FBA justified in launching an investigation into its ties to Russia, even though none existed.
William Barr the attorney general claimed that the Obama administration posed the biggest threat to democracy because of alleged spying, which was debunked Monday by the release of the report.
“I think, probably, from a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government used the apparatus of the state — principally, the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies — both to spy on political opponents. But as to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election,” Barr said. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first time in history that this has been done to a presidential campaign.”
Barr said to NBC News reporter Pete Williams that the FBI may have opened the investigation in “bad faith” and insisted that Trump’s campaign was “clearly spied upon”.
Barr’s comments were a stark contrast from Horowitz’s report, which reported massive amounts of surveillance in his report obtained on false grounds, but then concluded he found no spying? Is there a difference from illegal obtained surveillance to spying?
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said Tuesday as he rejected the report’s findings. “I think there were gross abuses . . . and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”
“There was and never has been any evidence of collusion, and yet this campaign and the president’s administration has been dominated by this investigation into what turns out to be completely baseless,” Barr said.
Barr issued a statement slamming Horowitz’s report Monday, as did U.S. attorney John Durham, who was picked by Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.
The attorney general praised Durham for issuing a rare statement criticizing the inspector general report, arguing it was “necessary to avoid public confusion.”
“It was necessary to avoid public confusion,” he said. “It was sort of being reported by the press that the issue of predication was sort of done and over. I think it was important for people to understand that Durham’s work was not being preempted and that Durham was doing something different.”
Speaking at an event hosted by the Wall Street Journal after the interview, Barr doubled down on his comments, calling the Russia investigation a “travesty.”
“There were many abuses, and that’s by far the most important part of the [inspector general] report,” he said. “If you actually spent time looking at what happened, I think you’d be appalled.”