Democrats seemed to hate Attorney General William Barr from day one. Perhaps it has something to do with his long record as an effective lawman — and his tireless devotion to the president.
After refuting rumors that he is planning to step down after a slight tussle with the president over his tweets, it appears Barr is expanding his look into the DOJ’s antics into its handling of the Russia probe.
Attorney Andrew Weissmann, who was considered to be the “pitbull” on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigative team, revealed in a recent interview that Barr has opened a new investigation.
While speaking with NBC host Chuck Todd, Weissmann seemed very worried about the new investigation initiated by Barr involving U.S. Attorney in St. Louis Jeff Jensen investigating fired FBI officials James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and Peter Strzok.
Barr assigned an outside prosecutor to review the abusive case against General Michael Flynn.
Barr also assigned a handful of prosecutors to review other cases in the U.S. Attorney’s office in DC.
This apparently has Weissmann and other D.C. swamp creatures on edge.
“All they did was swapped out a loser case for starting an investigation that is going to be of Comey, McCabe, Pete Strzok,” Weissmann told Todd.
Weissmann’s comments are very interesting.
After Barr assigns prosecutors outside of the D.C. swamp to review the case against Flynn, the man known by many of Mueller’s “pitbull” is trying to sound the alarm.
According to Weissmann, these attorney generals are actually investigating men like McCabe, Comey, and Strzok — which has many cheering.
Trump fired Comey in May 2017 when he was serving as the FBI director after his handling of the Russia investigation and decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her email scandal.
The DOJ announced Friday that fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe will not be charged after the department’s inspector general said he lied to investigators about leaks to the media.
Federal prosecutors were looking into McCabe possibly illegally leaking sensitive information to the media.
Disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok was a key figure in the Russia investigation, and his anti-Trump bias was more than obvious.
Strzok served as the No. 2 counterintelligence analyst at the FBI before being fired last year and let go from Mueller’s team after an internal probe found that he had sent hundreds of anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page, a former lawyer at the FBI lawyer with whom he was having an affair.
Strzok also sent countless salacious text messages smearing Trump, his supporters, and making a bevy of controversial comments implying he could take action to stop Trump from taking office.
He called Trump supporters a bunch of ignorant hillbillies; spoke about an “insurance policy” in the case that Trump won the election; mentioned a “secret society” to unseat a duly elected president, and implied that he and others at the bureau would never let Trump be president.
These three figures played a critical role in the Russia investigation into Trump, and Barr is getting to the bottom of it.
And it appears the swamp is freaking out.