“Without any basis the FBI started this investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign”

“Travesty” is not a nice word.

It usually is applied to gross perversions of justice, and that apparently is the context Attorney General William Barr desired when he dropped it into an interview answer the other day in the breezy courtyard of the Department of Justice. His composed, understated delivery almost disguised the weighty magnitude of that disturbing word and the loaded adjective that preceded it.

“I think what happened to him,” he said, referring to the president and the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into his campaign, “was one of the greatest travesties in American history.”  

Okay, it’s important to pause for a moment and absorb what the AG said. He just called an FBI investigation not just a travesty but one of the “greatest” travesties in the nation’s history. It was an unprecedented statement by an attorney general about his own department’s premier agency.  

The FBI has made plenty of mistakes, but never in its 112-year history has an FBI investigation been characterized as a travesty, let alone one that equates to other hall-of-fame travesties in American history.

Is the AG’s assessment fair? The answer is entwined in his next statement:

“Without any basis [the FBI] started this investigation into [Donald Trump’s] campaign ... .”

Oops, stop again right there. Mr. Barr is making a definitive statement about that which many of us have speculated all along, namely that the weirdly unprecedented investigative team put together by former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe did not have adequate legal reasons to open a case into the Trump campaign in the first place. The attorney general just confirmed that.

AG Barr just signaled that things are about to get ugly for the Russia collusion team


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  • Joe F.
    commented 2020-04-14 07:34:20 -0400
    Former lawyer and current journalist Laura Ingraham recently interviewed Attorney General William Barr for two hours, aired on her TV news show ‘The Ingraham Angle". It was a wide ranging discussion covering many subjects, but of particular interest was Mr. Barr’s comments re: the ongoing investigation of what’s called ‘Spygate’, a term that refers to events where high ranking officials in various government agencies allegedly abused their power to illegally spy on the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump.

    During this extraordinary interview Mr. Barr 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.”

    He went on to say; “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.”

    In a pre-virus news world, these statements would have made headlines everywhere. Nonetheless, in language that is as forthcoming as could be considering the case against these high ranking suspects is still being built, the Attorney General is telling us that there was a soft coup attempt to “sabotage the presidency.”

    What remains is for prosecutors to present irrefutable evidence in open court that can withstand a defense team’s obfuscatory strategy. We’ve never seen anything like this because there’s never been anything like this.

    Stay tuned.

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