Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
Here are the highlights from AG William Barr’s interview with Bill Hemmer on Fox News Friday morning. This is a big deal.:
“This [The FBI spying on the Trump Campaign] was handled at the very senior levels of these agencies. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way.”
“We have a number of investigations underway.”
“I’ve been trying to get answers to the questions, and I’ve found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I’ve gotten don’t hang together. In a sense, I have more questions today than when I first started.”
“People have to find out what the government was doing during that period. If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale. . . . I’m not saying that happened, but it’s something we have to look at.”
Cutaway to Devin Nunes:
“What you’re seeing is a real attorney general who is not going to take this nonsense that the Clinton Campaign started.” – Devin Nunes, in a cutaway from the interview.
“This is all about narrative-building by the left to cover up what they did. The media is culpable for this nonsense.” – Devin Nunes
“Bob Mueller knew the day he walked in the door that there was no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion.” – Devin Nunes
Back to Barr:
“Well, I think it’s a laughable charge, and it’s being made to discredit me, partly because they may be concerned about the outcome of the review. Obviously, you can look at my testimony and can see on its face that there is nothing inaccurate about it.” William Barr, on San Fran Nan’s absurd charge that he lied to congress.
Hemmer: “When you took this job, did you think Democrats would make you a target?”
Barr: “Yes…but I felt I was in a position where this kind of criticism wouldn’t bother me much.”
Hemmer: What about the contempt charge from Congress?
Barr: Well, that’s part of the political game, the political circus that’s being played out. it doesn’t surprise me.”
Hemmer: You called it a circus. Do you feel threatened?
Barr: “No, I don’t feel threatened.”
Hemmer: How do you think Brennan and Clapper handled the Russia investigation?
Barr: “I don’t want to speculate…I know some of the facts, but it’s premature to be discussing them.”
Hemmer: Can you tell us what the Steel Dossier had to do with their investigation?
Barr: “That’s one of the questions we’re going to have to look at. It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that – especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejune analysis – and to use that to conduct counterintelligence against an American political campaign is a strange development. I’m not sure what role it played, but that’s something we’ll have to look at.”
Hemmer: Do you smell a rat in this?
Barr: “I don’t know if I’d describe it as a rat. I would just say that the answers I’m getting are not sufficient.
Hemmer: Republicans have said for months that Brennan, Clapper, maybe Comey have had it in for Trump. Do you believe that’s the case?
Barr: “Again, I’m not gonna speculate about their motives.”
Hemmer: In the period between election day and the inauguration, did anyone in government take action to justify their decisions?
Barr: “I think there were some very strange developments during that period – that’s one of the things we want to look into. Such as the handling of the meeting on January 6 between the intelligence chiefs and the President and the leaking of information subsequent to that meeting.”
Hemmer: Was that meeting in New York City? In Trump Tower?
Hemmer: What questions do you have about what happened that day?
Barr: [smiling] “Again, I’m not gonna get into that. It’s one of the things we need to look at.”
Hemmer: Can you characterize how far advanced you are in looking into that meeting?
Barr: “We’re still in the stage of gathering all the information.”
Hemmer: Did you consider possible witness tampering on the part of President Trump once you got the Mueller Report?
Barr: “That’s a misconception. He [Don McGann] was not asked to change his testimony. That was a reaction to a press story in the New York Times that claimed that Trump had told him to fire Mueller. Trump was mad at the word “fire” and claimed he had never directed McGann to fire Mueller. And in fact, elsewhere the report does say that McGann was told by Trump to talk to Rosenstein to complain about conflicts of interest Mueller had and have Mueller removed for conflicts of interest.”
That is all.
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