.Attorney General Bill Barr dismissed some of the findings of the Justice Department's inspector general report in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday, saying he doesn't agree that there was "sufficient predication" to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and that the prosecutor he appointed will have the final say.
"I think our nation was turned on its head for three years. I think based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by an irresponsible press. And I think that there were gross abuses of FISA. And inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.
"And the attorney general's primary responsibility is to protect against the abuse of the law enforcement and intelligence apparatus, and make sure that it doesn't play an improper role in our political life. That's my responsibility. And I'm going to carry it out."
Why it matters: Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report concluded that while there were some serious missteps pertaining to the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, the Russia investigation was adequately predicated and was not tainted by political bias.
Sounds like AG Barr wants to keep on having investigations until he gets one that provides the conclusions he wants to see.
I like his deflection to put blame for all that is wrong upon the press, and none of the blame on the occupant of the Oval Office.
#6 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER AT 2019-12-10 01:46 PM | FLAG:
Because that is the responsibility of the press and as far as the IG report saying there was no political bias his job was not to make that conclussion, his job was to conclude whether the FBI and CIA made mistakes in obtaining warrants, he found 17 mistakes. So two reasons for the mistakes, they were either grossly incompetant or they did it on purpose. If it was for the later it was political.