by Jenn Carter
Attorney General William Barr rattled some Democrat nerves Tuesday after telling Congress he would be “personally” investigating the “conduct” of the Obama FBI and DOJ and how the entire “Russia probe” got started.
At a hearing following his contentious release of a summary of the Mueller Report, Democrats expected to have the new AG on the defensive.
They were dead wrong.
Barr came loaded for bear, batting down many attempts to criticize his handling of the impending Mueller release, as well as a host of issues including guns, voting rights and hate crimes.
Washington insiders were impressed with how Barr easily turned the hearing to his advantage, and House Democrats quickly backed down on their attacks.
But Barr then stunned many enemies of Trump when he announced that he would be investigating two the entire Russia “collusion” hoax got started in the first place.
Attorney General William Barr revealed Tuesday that he is reviewing the “conduct” of the FBI’s original Russia investigation during the summer of 2016, following calls from Republicans to investigate the origins of the probe.
Barr testified before a congressional panel in what was his first Capitol Hill appearance since revealing the central findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Barr was grilled by Democrats on the handling of that summary, which stated the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election — but he was also questioned about the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants approved to surveil members of the Trump campaign.
Barr explained that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has a pending investigation into the FISA warrants and said the probe will be complete by May or June. He then confirmed he’s personally conducting an investigation himself.
“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.
In other words, how the Obama FBI (and DOJ) managed to launch an illegal, treasonous spying operation on candidate Donald J. Trump.
If Democrats thought this attempted coup against an elected President would end with the Mueller dud, they were very mistaken.
If Barr takes this all the way, and we see immunity deals for folks like Peter Strzok, James Clapper and John Brennan, then fasten your seat belts, because Barr will be going after the “big guns.”
After Democrats had their way with “Sleepy Jeff” Sessions” for 2 years as AG, there is clearly a new sheriff in town.