Barr & Durham: There is More to the Story than the IG Report Reveals

December 9, 2019
Left, US Attorney for the District of Connecticut, leading the inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation, John Durham, right, Attorney General William Barr

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The most important statements of this day concerning the spy operation and coup against the Trump Presidency are largely being shut out of the media in order to promote the narrative that Inspector General Horowitz found that the DOJ investigation of the Trump presidential campaign was “appropriately predicated” and investigative decisions were not found to be biased. The statements made by Barr and Durham, in response, have Jim Comey, John Brennan, Andy McCabe, James Clapper, and key officials in the Obama White House madly searching the Virginia suburbs for adult pampers. Barr and Durham are declaring they know more than Horowitz and are proceeding with criminal investigations of those responsible for the abuses against the Trump campaign. President Trump is correct in tweeting, “this was an overthrow operation”. The Horowitz narrative is also being advanced by people who have not read the entire 460 page report. We will and we know how to analyze what an auditor writes. Stay tuned.

Full Statements of Attorney General Barr and John Durham Concerning the Horowitz Report

Statement of Attorney General Barr

"Nothing is more important than the credibility and integrity of the FBI and the Department of Justice. That is why we must hold our investigators and prosecutors to the highest ethical and professional standards. The Inspector General’s investigation has provided critical transparency and accountability, and his work is a credit to the Department of Justice. I would like to thank the Inspector General and his team.

"The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory. While most of the misconduct identified by the Inspector General was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.

"FISA is an essential tool for the protection of the safety of the American people. The Department of Justice and the FBI are committed to taking whatever steps are necessary to rectify the abuses that occurred and to ensure the integrity of the FISA process going forward.

"No one is more dismayed about the handling of these FISA applications than Director Wray. I have full confidence in Director Wray and his team at the FBI, as well as the thousands of dedicated line agents who work tirelessly to protect our country. I thank the Director for the comprehensive set of proposed reforms he is announcing today, and I look forward to working with him to implement these and any other appropriate measures.

"With respect to DOJ personnel discussed in the report, the Department will follow all appropriate processes and procedures, including as to any potential disciplinary action.

Statement of John Durham

"I have the utmost respect for the mission of the Office of Inspector General and the comprehensive work that went into the report prepared by Mr. Horowitz and his staff. However, our investigation is not limited to developing information from within component parts of the Justice Department. Our investigation has included developing information from other persons and entities, both in the U.S. and outside of the U.S. Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened.”

It has been clear for weeks now that the Attorney General and his chief investigator intend to go to the mat.




Lindsay Graham Blasts DOJ, Calls It a Criminal Enterprise Reminiscent of J. Edgar Hoover

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Senator Lindsay Graham gave a short but brutal press conference this afternoon about his conclusions based on certain facts set forth in the FISA report of Inspector General Horowitz. He said, that the FBI and DOJ became a “criminal enterprise” with respect to Donald Trump’s campaign and for a period of time relived the “good old days of J. Edgar Hoover. “ He reviewed two facts presented by Horowitz. First, the FBI interviewed Christopher Steele’s main Russian sub-source in January of 2017, and was told that what that sub-source had told Steele was a mixture of gossip, hearsay, and barroom speculation which he never understood would be used in any official document. Yet, the FBI told the FISA court, after this interview, that the same FBI sub-source had vouched for Steele and was completely reliable. As Graham, said, this was an outright lie. Second, Graham highlighted the fact that Carter Page was an operational asset of the Central Intelligence Agency at the same time as the FBI was calling him a Russian agent in order to spy on Donald Trump’s campaign. Graham’s full press conference can be found here.

Watch the press conference