Elder Patriot| You can tell by the amount of airtime being given to those previously unacceptable “far-right” Republicans that they have been right in their defense of President Trump for the past two-and-a-half years. The tin foil hats can now be passed to people on the left.
Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, appeared on Fox Business Channel with Neil Cavuto to discuss what to expect now that the Mueller investigation has concluded.
The segment kicks off with a clip of Attorney General William Barr explaining his work in the aftermath of the release of the Mueller Report.
A.G. Barr: “The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities.
“He was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program.
“We have a number of investigations under way that touch upon it, the main one being the office of Inspector General that’s looking at the FISA warrants.
“But, as far as I’m aware no one has really looked across the whole waterfront.”
That alone should anger every American who funded the Mueller investigation.
Consider that once Mueller concluded that there had been no collusion between Donald Trump, his campaign, and the Russians, he never bothered to determine whether there had ever existed a legitimate basis for his appointment.
That means Mueller spent more than a year-and-a-half attempting to goad President Trump into an obstruction charge and to cast shade on the president by smearing prominent – and not so prominent – members of his campaign team.
Neil Cavuto asks Rep. Jordan whether the investigation of the president started on a false premise and maybe a fake one as the Attorney General of the United States may have been indicating.
Rep. Jordan: “What I do know is Bill Barr is not just serious, I think he’s very serious.
“He said in his interview with Bill Hemmer that someone may have put their thumb on the scale. He’s concerned about that. Did that actually happen?
“When you take that statement and couple it with what he said four weeks ago in front of the Senate, when he said that he felt there was a failure of leadership at the upper echelon of the FBI, that was certainly the case.
“He said spying did occur. There’s a basis for his concern about the spying that took place. And, probably fourth and most importantly, he used two terms that should scare every American. He talked about unauthorized surveillance and potential political surveillance.
Barr, who has not given away any details about what he’s learned since he took office on February 14th, gave an interview to the Wall street Journal that appeared in the paper on Friday. He took the opportunity to expound on his concerns:
“Government power was used to spy on American citizens. I can’t imagine any world where we wouldn’t take a look and make sure that was done properly.”
“Just like we need to ensure that foreign actors don’t influence the outcome of our elections, we need to ensure that the government doesn’t use its powers to put a thumb on the scale.”
Barr also reiterated his earlier statement:
“I have more questions now than when I came in.”
While Barr did not discuss what he has discovered so far, the tenor of his words suggest that he’s growing more concerned, the more he learns, that the FBI put its thumb on the scale.
DiGenova: Horowitz has already concluded that the final three FISA’s were completely illegal. He’s now on the brink of finding that the first FISA was completely illegal.
Barr has also expressed his concerns that other intelligence agencies were likely involved in perpetrating the fraud.
AG William Barr on why the DOJ is reviewing the FBI's Trump-Russia probe: "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal." pic.twitter.com/tHVcF1dGd4
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) April 10, 2019
Barr: “…spying on a political campaign is a big deal… I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily but intelligence agencies more broadly.”
[…] A source also told Fox News that Barr is working “collaboratively” on the investigation with FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
It just might be time to take a deep breath, kick back with your best single malt, and enjoy watching the systematic dismantling of the Deep State.