The Trump Organization’s consigliere is really outdoing himself:
Attorney General Bill Barr chided the FBI for “gross abuses” of counterintelligence tools and “inexplicable behavior” and called the bureau’s investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign “completely baseless.”
Barr’s condemnation of the FBI follows the release of a long-awaited report from the Justice Department’s inspector general into the origins of the bureau’s Russia probe. The review by Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that while the FBI made several procedural errors and there were “serious performance failures,” there was overall no political bias by the agency.
While the inspector general determined the FBI was justified in opening its investigation, called “Crossfire Hurricane,” Barr told NBC News in his first interview since the report’s release that the probe upended the country for several years and was based on a “bogus narrative.”
“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 an irresponsible press,” he said. “I think that there were gross abuses of FISA and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”
In a separate appearance later Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, Barr called the investigation conducted by the FBI a “travesty.”
I remember when Bill Barr said that [certain implicit classes of people] who criticize law enforcement officials don’t deserve the equal protection of the laws like it was earlier this month!
We need a phrase stronger than “bad faith” to describe what Trump’s own Carl Schmitt is doing here:
Reminder that Bill Barr, who today accused the FBI of acting in bad faith for opening an investigation into the Trump campaign that it meticulously kept quiet during the election, believed the FBI was right to announce it had re-opened the Clinton probe. https://t.co/VzvxEfFmI4— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) December 10, 2019
If Barr were consistent, he would argue Obama using the FBI to interfere with the election (didn’t happen) is fine just like Trump extorting Ukraine is fine, because the president can do what he wants. That’s not his position. His position is *Trump* can do whatever he wants.— Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) December 10, 2019
I hereby nominate “the Iran Contra fixer guy deserves the benefit of the doubt” as the hottest take of the century. Although granted “I, in September 2019, believe that Bill Barr deserves the benefit of the doubt on his motives for investigating the investigation into Russia’s ratfucking of the 2016 elections” is a very strong contender.