Barr Admits Plan To Topple Trump Administration

Dur­ing an inter­view last week, Attor­ney Gen­er­al William Barr gave an update on the crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tion into the ori­gin of the Oba­ma-era FBI coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence inves­ti­ga­tion into the Trump cam­paign, say­ing that a “will­ful if small group of peo­ple” were involved in an attempt to “top­ple” the Trump administration.

Barr made the remarks in an inter­view with Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist Kim­ber­ley Strassel in which he not­ed that he was “in a posi­tion in life where I can do the right thing and not real­ly care about the consequences.”

Strassel wrote:

He reminds me why he took the job in the first place: “The Depart­ment of Jus­tice was being used as a polit­i­cal weapon” by a “will­ful if small group of peo­ple,” who used the claim of col­lu­sion with Rus­sia in an attempt to “top­ple an admin­is­tra­tion,” he says. “Some­one had to make sure that the pow­er of the depart­ment stopped being abused and that there was account­abil­i­ty for what had hap­pened.” Mr. Barr large­ly suc­ceed­ed, in the process fill­ing a vac­u­um of polit­i­cal over­sight, reim­pos­ing norms, and resist­ing par­ti­san crit­ics on both sides.

Mr. Barr describes an over­ar­ch­ing objec­tive of ensur­ing that there is “one stan­dard of jus­tice.” That, he says, is why he appoint­ed U.S. Attor­ney John Durham to inves­ti­gate the FBI’s 2016 Cross­fire Hur­ri­cane probe. “Of course the Rus­sians did bad things in the elec­tion,” he says. “But the idea that this was done with the col­lu­sion of the Trump cam­paign — there was nev­er any evi­dence. It was entire­ly made up.” The coun­try deserved to know how the world’s pre­mier law-enforce­ment agency came to tar­get and spy on a pres­i­den­tial campaign.

Mr. Barr says Mr. Durham’s appoint­ment should not have been nec­es­sary. Mr. Mueller’s inves­ti­ga­tion should have exposed FBI malfea­sance. Instead, “the Mueller team seems to have been ready to blind­ly accept any­thing fed to it by the sys­tem,” Mr. Barr says, adding that this “is exact­ly what DOJ should not be.”

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