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AG Barr Sees No Evidence Of CIA Wrongdoing In Trump-Russia Probe

Attorney General William Barr has not seen “any sign” that the CIA engaged in any “improper” activity related to any Trump-related intelligence gathering activity in 2016, he said in an interview published Friday.

“The CIA stayed in its lane,” Barr told The Wall Street Journal’s Kim Strassel in an interview days before he is set to leave the Trump administration.

Barr also said that he has not seen evidence of any foreign government activity related to Trump before the FBI opened Crossfire Hurricane in July 2016.

Barr’s remarks are likely to dampen the spirits of some Republicans who have speculated that the CIA and foreign governments spied on Donald Trump or his associates in 2016.

Barr said that the investigation, which is being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, is making “significant progress.” He has said that Durham’s investigation was slowed significantly this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

He said that Durham, who he designated as a special counsel for the investigation on Oct. 19, is now focused on the conduct of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team as well as “the activities of certain private actors.”

Durham’s investigation has following up on information revealed in a Justice Department inspector general’s report released last year that blasted the FBI’s surveillance activities against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The IG criticized the FBI for relying heavily on an unverified dossier from former British spy Christopher Steele that accused Page and others on the Trump campaign of conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Durham has reportedly sought documents from Steele, a former MI6 officer who investigated Trump on behalf of the DNC and Clinton campaign.

Barr told Strassel that appointing Durham to serve as special counsel ensures that he will produce a report of his investigation that will be made public.

“The force of circumstances will ensure it goes public,” Barr said of an eventual Durham report.

Barr told Strassel that he had determined before appointing Durham special counsel that the CIA likely did nothing improper in its intelligence-gathering activities in 2016. He also said that he has not seen any “foreign government activity before July 2016.”

Barr also said that most of the previously classified documents germane to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane probe have been made public.

Barr and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declassified a slew of documents this year related to Crossfire Hurricane. Footnotes from the IG report that they declassified said that the FBI had evidence in 2017 that Russian intelligence operatives may have fed disinformation to Steele.

While the footnotes were declassified, the underlying evidence has not been.

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  1. Aw gee, and I was so expecting Barr to do the Boy Scout thing and come clean and admit how much of a real AH he is for blocking Trump and 350 Americans from finally getting justice. But NO, just an AH.

  2. Boy oh boy, when they say that “justice is blind…” they mean it. Barr had no ability to see anything, especially his own ineptness. As he leaves the public stage (in disgrace, as far as I’m concerned) we can certainly say he did a good job…dragging his feet. We wrongly assumed that his quiet, measured, monotone voice represented a wise, deliberative man. In fact, it mirrored his laziness. There was never any fire in that man’s belly for getting things done on his watch. If you watched Life, Liberty, and Levin when he was interviewed by Mark Levin, you now recognize it as just a cover-his-ass con job. Both he and Robert Mueller proved themselves to be nothing but two hogs at the public coffer raking in hard-earned taxpayer dollars…while doing absolutely nothing to earn it…other than stalling. That said, I don’t believe for one minute what Barr said about the Durham report…that Durham “… will produce a report of his investigation that will be made public. …The force of circumstances will ensure it goes public.” Well, it won’t if Biden becomes President. There’s NO excuse for why the Durham report hasn’t been released yet. What Barr did was give us another foot dragger.

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