According to Attorney General William Barr, it was former President Barack Obama that posed the “greatest danger” to democracy in the 2016 election, not Russia.
During an interview with NBC News, Barr told Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams:
“I think, probably, from a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government used the apparatus of the state — principally, the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies — both to spy on political opponents. But as to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election. As far as I’m aware, this is the first time in history that this has been done to a presidential campaign.”
Barr also doubled down on a debunked conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign had been “clearly spied upon,” even though an report from the Justice Department inspector general found no evidence to support such an allegation.
As if reading from a script written by President Donald Trump himself, the attorney general sought to blame the FBI and press for the Russia investigation:
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press. I think there were gross abuses . . . and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”
Shortly after the NBC News interview with AG Barr aired, Senator Mark Warner, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tweeted:
Mr. Barr is acting in incredibly bad faith. With this revisionist campaign to undermine a thorough, two-year IG investigation, the Attorney General is once again substituting partisan rhetoric for politically inconvenient facts. https://t.co/41KkrxMCkn
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) December 10, 2019
And Wajahat Ali of the New York Times warned that Barr’s eagerness to support such bogus conspiracy theories poses a clear and present danger to the 2020 election, writing:
“He’s an ideological extremist using Trump for his dangerous agenda. I hope more people in the Justice Department speak out against him.”
When the impeachment of Trump is completed, it might be a good idea to do the same with William Barr.
Featured Image Via YouTube Screenshot