Looking for some great weekend reading? Look no further than the transcript of the CBS News interview with Attorney General William Barr.
Calling it a bombshell doesn’t do it justice. The interview is chock-full of one explosive comment after another about special counsel Robert Mueller, the media and Barr’s own investigation of the investigators.
Here are some nuclear-grade examples of what the AG has to say:
- “So it was bogus, this whole idea that Trump was in cahoots with the Russians is bogus.”
- “It’s hard to read some of the [FBI] texts and not feel that there was gross bias at work, and they’re appalling.”
- “The use of foreign-intelligence capabilities and counterintelligence capabilities against an American political campaign to me is unprecedented and it’s a serious red line that’s been crossed.”
- “The media reaction is strange. Normally the media would be interested in letting the sunshine in and finding out what the truth is.”
- “One of the ironies today is that people are saying that it’s President Trump that’s shredding our institutions. I really see no evidence of that . . . From my perspective the idea of resisting a democratically elected president and basically throwing everything at him and you know, really changing the norms on the grounds that we have to stop this president, that is where the shredding of our norms and our institutions is occurring.”
There’s much more, making the interview, on top of other things Barr has said, like Christmas, July 4th and Thanksgiving all rolled into one. A new era in Washington has begun. Hallelujah!
The old era will not be missed. Recall a revealing moment on
Jan. 3, 2017, just weeks before Trump took office, when Sen. Chuck Schumer warned the president-elect against feuding with the CIA. “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” he said.
Perhaps Schumer knew then how far intelligence leaders under Barack Obama had gone in spying on Trump and how far they were willing to go to bring down a president they opposed. The effort continues to this day by those same people — James Comey, John Brennan and James Clapper — even though they are out of office.
While there is still much we don’t know, Barr seems absolutely determined to learn it all — and tell the public as much as he can.
Hence his mocking of the media for trying to quash his probe and the declassification of key documents by claiming he would reveal sources and secrets. The New York Times, the errand boy for the deep state, actually said in a news story that Barr could “weaken the CIA” and endanger the lives of sources.
It cited the example of one intelligence source it said was close enough to Vladimir Putin to tell Obama’s team that Putin had personally ordered Russian meddling in 2016.
The paper, quoting “former intelligence officials,” almost certainly including Brennan, wrote that the then-CIA chief “would bring reports from the Russian source directly to the White House, keeping them out of the president’s daily intelligence briefing,” and instead “place them in an envelope for Mr. Obama and a tiny circle of aides to read.”
But wait — didn’t the Times just give Putin a big clue about a CIA source in his inner circle? And didn’t the paper just admit that the agency’s conclusion about Putin’s role came from a single source?
The answer to both questions is yes, making the Times far more of a danger to CIA sources and secrets than Barr.
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