AG Bill Barr decides that he just disagrees with portion of IG report that does not support Trump’s talking points on Russia investigation.

By |2019-12-03T09:29:07-09:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |12 Comments

Wait, can he do that?

Courtesy of WaPo:

Attorney General William P. Barr has told associates he disagrees with the Justice Department’s inspector general on one of the key findings in an upcoming report — that the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the Trump campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horo­witz, is due to release his long-awaited findings in a week, but behind the scenes at the Justice Department, disagreement has surfaced about one of Horowitz’s central conclusions on the origins of the Russia investigation. The discord could be the prelude to a major fissure within federal law enforcement on the controversial question of investigating a presidential campaign.

Barr has not been swayed by Horowitz’s rationale for concluding that the FBI had sufficient basis to open an investigation on July 31, 2016, these people said.

Barr’s public defenses of President Trump, including his assertion that intelligence agents spied on the Trump campaign, have led Democrats to accuse him of acting like the president’s personal attorney and eroding the independence of the Justice Department. But Trump and his Republican allies have cheered Barr’s skepticism of the Russia investigation.

It’s not yet clear how Barr plans to make his objection to Horowitz’s conclusion known. The inspector general report, currently in draft form, is being finalized after input from various witnesses and offices that were scrutinized by the inspector general. Barr or a senior Justice Department official could submit a formal letter as part of that process, which would then be included in the final report. It is standard practice for every inspector general report to include a written response from the department. Barr could forgo a written rebuttal on that specific point and just publicly state his concerns.

This IG report has been the holy grail for the Trump folks, and they have allowed themselves to believe that it would vindicate the Trump campaign and undermine the entire Russia investigation. 

Clearly that is not the case, so instead they are going to attack it and accuse Michael Horowitz of being a member of the “deep state.”

In past times attorney generals have disagreed with the assertions made in an IG’s report, but I think this is the first time they have simply denied the facts. 

Bill Barr is clearly Trump’s lap dog, and is now in the process of bringing shame to his Justice Department. 

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12 Comments

  1. anonymous December 3, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply
  2. Anonymous December 3, 2019 at 9:58 am - Reply

    Gee… It must be embarrassing for Harris having to drop out before her nemesis, Tulsi Gabbard.

    • Anon December 3, 2019 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Tulsa is likely getting secret funding from pootey and Harris is not.
      It makes sense that Harris would run out of money first.

  3. anon December 3, 2019 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Someday maybe Fred will win the fight and the cat will stay out for the night.

    • My $0.02 December 3, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

      Well played, anon!

    • Wilma! December 3, 2019 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      Baby Puss.

  4. Raw Story December 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    “Businessman who set up Putin back-channel for Trump campaign indicted on campaign finance charges: report
    On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that businessman George Nader, along with a California payment processing executive Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja and six others, have been indicted as part of an alleged conspiracy to conceal excessive campaign contributions to a presidential candidate.
    The candidate is not mentioned in the indictment by name, but legal experts have said it is almost certainly Hillary Clinton.
    Nader, who was convicted on a child pornography charge in 1991 and is already under federal indictment on charges of child sex transportation, was a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. He helped arrange a meeting in the Seychelles between Erik Prince, a Trump-linked businessman who founded the private mercenary group Blackwater, and a Russian official working for Vladimir Putin.
    Khawaja, whose company Allied Wallet has allegedly helped its clients in what their own employees call “very, very illegal” business transactions, has played both sides of the political fence. He donated $4 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and then gave $1 million to the Trump inaugural committee — which has also come under investigation as federal prosecutors scrutinize whether inaugural funds were misspent or used to pay for access to the president.”

  5. Aka December 3, 2019 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Steve Bannon’s brother from another mother*fucker.

  6. BarrNone December 3, 2019 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/12/03/bill-barr-actively-conducting-ukraine-style-shakedown-schemes-all-over-the-globe.html

    David Frum pointed out on Tuesday, Barr “is putting pressure on allied governments … to join him in fabricating accounts disparaging their own people, their own diplomats, their own intelligence services, to confect a story whereby Donald Trump is the victim of the investigation into his connections to Russia.”

    In other words, Barr – at the direction of Trump – is pressuring foreign powers to throw their own intelligence communities under the bus in order to confirm Trump’s already-debunked conspiracy theories.

  7. Anonymous December 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Barr seems to be actively denying to himself what has become a truism – that everything don the con touches dies.
    Barr will fall victim to don the con in the end, probably with lots of bus tire tracks on him.

  8. Anonymous December 4, 2019 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    Attach a letter? I doubt it. He’l Censor or edit the report. We’ll find out from the IG that the report that was released was not the report he wrote. Just like the transcripts.

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