It has been clear to me for quite some time that there were far too many critical errors to be explained by anything other than criminal behavior. It seems Attorney General Barr agrees.
Bill Barr Interview: ‘We’re not dealing with just mistakes and sloppiness. There’s something far more troubling here.’
By Elizabeth Vaughn, RedState
Barr also discussed the FBI’s abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). He told Ingraham: “I think it’s very sad and the people who abused FISA have a lot to answer for, because this was an important tool to protect the American people…They abused it. They undercut public confidence in FISA but also [of] the FBI is [as] an institution and we have to rebuild that.” It is Barr’s opinion that safeguards would “enable us to go forward with this important tool.”
I’m not ready to discuss new “safeguards” until I have seen accountability. The FBI was ignoring the Fourth Amendment and the existing “safeguards” which proved wholly inadequate. The road to effective “safeguards” and restored institutional credibility begins with holding those who have abused their powers to account; that all may see there are indeed severe consequences for faithlessness and malfeasance.
The interview concluded with a discussion of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation. Ingraham asked him when we can expect a report. Barr said:
Well I think a report, may be and probably will be a by-product of his activity. But his primary focus isn’t to prepare a report. He is looking to bring to justice people who were engaged in abuses if he can show that there were criminal violations. And that’s what the focus is on. And as you know being a lawyer, you, yourself, building these cases especially the sprawling case we have between us that went on for two or three years, it takes some time. It takes some time to build a case. So he’s diligently pursuing it. My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes and sloppiness. There’s something far more troubling here. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it…
I think what happened to him [Trump] was one of the greatest travesties in American history, and without any basis they started this investigation of his campaign, and even more concerning, actually is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage the presidency.
The Attorney General said, “My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes and sloppiness. There’s something far more troubling here. And we’re going to get to the bottom of it.” And he still considers the deep state’s assault on the President to be “one of the greatest travesties in American history.”
The historical cure for such gross malfeasance and faithlessness is punishment of those in charge such that their successors tremble at the thought of the consequences of repeating such errors.
Absent such consequences the FIS Act must be revoked the the FBI “leadership” sacked en mass.
While I work to avoid becoming defeatest, there is some cause for hope.
By Elizabeth Vaughn, RedState
Solomon said, “I’ve seen some evidence of the grand jury work [Durham’s] in the last four, five, six weeks. It’s been going on in the middle of the pandemic. And I think we’re going to get a better sense of what that looks like…”
Hannity abruptly cuts him off to say, “Well, that’s the first time you’ve told me that. What do you know?”
“I know of some witnesses that received subpoenas, I know of some witnesses that have appeared before the grand jury.”
Hannity asks if this is taking place in D.C.
“D.C. is my understanding,” replied Solomon. “They’ve got to build this case methodically and they have a good starting point. We know there was a crime clearly identified in the IG’s report. A [sic] FBI lawyer changed a document to deceive the court. They literally, fraudulently changed a document to deceive the court. That’s a crime. I believe they will start there and they will wind back. Why did that person do that? Who else was involved and who instructed that and what other intentional acts did we learn about that occurred in the same manner?
Hannity asks, “What about all the people that signed the FISA applications knowing that the top of a FISA application says verified and none of it was verified? What about the people who put their signature on it like James Comey?”
“Yeah. And Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein,” Solomon noted. “Every time you played that Rod Rosenstein clip on your show, you’re reminded, ‘Oh, we did this right. We did this right.’ Those guys lied to us when they said that. They did nothing right. Nothing about this was right. And last week, what did we learn. 29 out of 29 FISAs reviewed. All of them wrong.”
It’s clear the DoJ/FBI are more concerned with their institutions than with holding malfeasant authorities to account. If they won’t clean their house, We The People must burn it down around their ears.