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AG Barr On Government Activities In 2016: The Explanations I Received 'Don't Hang Together'

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Drip. Drip. Drip. This is getting interesting, folks. And for the Obama camp, I’d be sweating bullets. Donald Trump won the 2016 election. He’s endured two years of scrutiny for this whole Russian collusion myth that was debunked by the report submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. There was no collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. That is definitive now. Of course, a lot of us knew that this was a massive nothing burger because—well—there was never any evidence to suggest this actually occurred. Every media bombshell was nothing more than an abject embarrassment to the profession; being debunked a day or two after dropping—all of which contained zero evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. And now, it’s our turn to go on the offensive, especially on the alleged FISA abuses that stem from this sordid affair. 

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We know a FISA spy warrant was issued for Carter Page, who served as a foreign policy adviser for the campaign. It was reauthorized at least three times based, allegedly, on the Trump dossier, a piece of political opposition research funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democrats. Former MI6 spy Christopher Steele collected it, and it hasn’t been verified. Most of it is salacious garbage—and the Mueller report all but detonated what little credibility it had. The FBI has been accused of using it as a credible piece of evidence with Page’s warrant.

Attorney General William Barr is now looking into the origins of this whole Russia investigation and whether the dossier was part of a Russian misinformation campaign. Barr is in El Salvador discussing anti-gang operations, where Fox News’ Bill Hemmer sat down for about 20 minutes with the nation’s chief law enforcement official. Barr was very direct in saying that he has more questions than answers, noting that the explanations he’s received “don’t hang together” concerning what occurred at the DOJ during the 2016 election. Mr. Barr added that the public should know what the government was doing. 


“If we’re worried about foreign influence for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale,” he said. 

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Barr didn’t say that occurred, but it’s something that needs to be investigated. The full interview will air tomorrow morning at 9 A.M. EST.

And given what we know now about the Trump Dossier and Mr. Steele pretty much telling government officials that his information was biased, political, and had a shelf life (i.e. needed to be released before election day) in order to impact the 2016 race, that FISA warrant looks dirtier than ever

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