Exclusive: Bill Barr calls Russiagate ‘seditious’, explains origins of Durham Inquiry

Bill Barr, a former US Attorney General and author of the new book One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General, says the allegations of Russian collusion made by Democrats against former President Donald Trump were a “seditious” attempt , this undermining his presidency and a “grave injustice”.

Barr made those comments on an upcoming episode of BlazeTV host Glenn Beck’s podcast, in which he explained why he joined the Trump administration and eventually appointed special attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation investigate.

“I thought we were heading for a constitutional crisis. I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It appears to be a dirty political ploy used first to hobble him and then possibly to oust him,” Barr told Beck.

“I think it’s inflammatory,” he added, clarifying that whether it could be proven as a crime in court is a different question.

“It was a gross injustice and it hurt the United States in many ways, including what we see in Ukraine today. It distorted our foreign policy and all that,” Barr said.

An FBI investigation into Trump’s campaign for alleged ties to the Russian government during the 2016 election, known as the Crossfire Hurricane, has been the source of incessant controversy for Trump throughout his presidency. Leaks from the investigation were used by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign to accuse Trump of colluding with the Russians to meddle in the election, sparking conspiracy theories that his victory was illegitimate. After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, congressional Democrats accused him of attempting to obstruct the Russia probe and called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate Trump’s actions.

After a two-year, $32 million investigation, Robert Mueller released a report in March 2019 that showed evidence of Russian interference in the election, but said the “investigation did not find that members of the Trump campaign were involved with.” the Russian government would have conspired or coordinated its election interference activities.” At that point, questions were raised about the origins of Crossfire Hurricane and whether the FBI had improperly sought a FISA court order to exclude members of Trump’s 2016 campaign using opposition research oversee the Clinton campaign.

In 2019, revelations that the FBI actually used material from a political opposition research report paid for by the Clinton campaign that made false allegations against Trump — the infamous “Steele dossier” — prompted Attorney General Barr to Hire Prosecutor John Durham to investigate the case Origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation. In December 2020, Barr announced that he had appointed Durham as special counsel in October to ensure the investigation would continue after President Joe Biden took office.

Barr explained to Beck that he acted in secret to protect Durham from the incoming government.

“I was very confident that he would stay in office and they wouldn’t touch him,” he said.

“[The Biden] The government had no real interest in protecting either Hillary Clinton or Comey. And at the end of the day, that they are losing the capital and appearing to be covering up something that would then never be resolved was not in their best interest in my opinion. And I think institutionally that would have destroyed the new AG if he had tried that,” he continued.

The former attorney general also took time to address complaints from the right that Durham was unable to complete his investigation before the Trump administration departed after the 2020 election.

Barr said when Durham was first brought on board, Inspector General Michael Horowitz had not yet completed his investigation into the FBI’s use of FISA court orders against the Trump campaign, and Durham wanted the IG report before dealing with his own investigation. When IG finally released its report in December 2019, Durham had access to it for just three months before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, shutting down grand juries and delaying Durham’s investigation until most of 2020, Barr said.

“Unless you’re being threatened by a grand jury, nobody’s going to come in and talk to you. They’ll say, the usual thing is, ‘Please come in for a voluntary interview.’ And people come in because they know if they don’t, they’ll be subpoenaed. But if there’s no grand jury, they’re like, ‘No, I’m not getting in,’ and there’s nothing you can do. I don’t understand that this state of affairs continued into the month before the election,” Barr said. “So his hands were very tied as to how far he was able to push things and how much pressure he was able to put on people for most of 2020.”

Now that the pandemic has subsided, Durham’s investigation brought indictments against former Clinton campaign attorney Michael Sussmann, who is accused of lying to the FBI at a meeting where he presented information linking the Trump campaign to the Alfa Bank, a financial institution with ties to Russia, but did not tell agents he worked for the Clinton campaign.

Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, Robby Mook, testified at Sussmann’s trial last week when he told the jury Clinton did this personally authorized their campaign to exchange information with a reporter – later discovered as disinformation — which allegedly linked Trump to Russia.

Mook also acknowledged that the Clinton campaign did not verify the accuracy of the data before going to the press.

The full episode of “The Glenn Beck Podcast” with Attorney General Barr will be released on Saturday, May 28th.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/exclusive-bill-barr-russiagate-seditious Exclusive: Bill Barr calls Russiagate ‘seditious’, explains origins of Durham Inquiry

Laura Coffey

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