Attorney General William Barr has arguably been the most effective official President Donald Trump has nominated since taking office.
Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham are leading an investigation into the overall Russia witch hunt and whether members of the Obama administration broke the law in their witch hunt against the president.
But things kicked into overdrive when both Barr and Durham went public to dispute the findings of the long-awaited report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
On Monday, the IG report on the FISA Application report detailed the reasoning for the FBI’s spying on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
The report states:
The Department of Justice (Department) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) undertook this review to examine certain actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department during an FBI investigation opened on July 31, 2016, known as “Crossfire Hurricane,” into whether individuals associated with the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign were coordinating, wittingly or unwittingly, with the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
While many are shocked the IG claims the start of the investigation was justified, Horowitz also admits their was extreme bias against then-candidate Trump.
Shortly after the report went public, Durham released a rare statement arguing that his investigation does not coincide with the main conclusions found in the IG report.
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.
Barr also released a statement of his own, shredding the FBI for their reasoning on why they started the investigation in the first place.
“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,” Barr said.
The AG also said the Trump campaign “was clearly spied upon,” saying, “I think wiring people up to go in and talk to people and make recordings of their conversations is spying.”
Barr and Durham’s investigation is going to send shockwaves.
Last month, we learned that Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation had shifted into a criminal inquiry.
This means that Barr and Durham now have the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury, and file criminal charges.
It certainly appears that Barr and Durham have already found evidence of criminal wrongdoing regarding the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.
They wouldn’t have turned their investigation into criminal inquiry if there wasn’t evidence of Obama officials potentially breaking the law.
We also just learned that Barr and Durham flipped a top Comey-Obama ally, who is now working with the DOJ and assisting in the probe.
Buckle up — the IG report was just the beginning.