WashingtonExaminer reported May 9th Fox News host Jesse Watters said sources are telling him Attorney General William Barr has received “smoking gun” documents that will cast aspersions on the Russia investigation.
In his opening monologue on Watters’ World, which was taped Friday but aired Saturday evening, the host said these records could reveal that former President Barack Obama had a significant role in the investigation into the Trump 2016 campaign’s ties to Russia, which President Trump and his allies have deemed a “witch hunt.”
“Sources are telling Watters’ World that Attorney General Bill Barr was just given a trove of smoking gun documents that could point directly at former President Barack Obama, revealing his powerful connection to ‘Spygate’ and the Russia hoax,” he said.
Watters appeared to be referring to the “satchel” of documents Fox News chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reported that acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell delivered to the Justice Department last week, following the release of House Intelligence Committee witness transcripts showing Obama administration officials admitting they had no direct evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
All this comes after the Justice Department filed to dismiss its criminal case against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser who got swept up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Included in the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss was an exhibit including notes from an interview that Mueller’s team conducted with former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. These declassified notes show Yates, during the presidential transition period, expressing shock to learn details about Flynn’s intercepted phone calls with a Russian envoy from Obama while former FBI Director James Comey appeared to be giving his superior at the time the run-around.
Watters pointed to Trump’s tweet on Friday, saying the president’s missive “hinted this is far from over.”
“Yesterday was a BIG day for Justice in the USA. Congratulations to General Flynn, and many others. I do believe there is MUCH more to come! Dirty Cops and Crooked Politicians do not go well together!” Trump said.
The Russia investigation is being examined by U.S. Attorney John Durham. Barr, who appointed the Connecticut prosecutor to the task, has not dismissed the possibility of criminal prosecutions.
In leaked audio obtained and reported by Yahoo News on Friday, Obama told former administration officials that the Justice Department’s recent actions under Barr show the “rule of law is at risk.”