Barr Says Obama, Not Russia, Posed ‘The Greatest Danger’ To Democracy In 2016
Attorney General William Barr had an exclusive interview with NBC News this week after the release of the Inspector General report. During that interview, Barr said that former President Barack Obama posed the “greatest danger” to democracy in the 2016 election — not Russia.
Despite the report proving that the FBI did not have a political motive to investigate Trump campaign associates, Barr claimed that he disagreed with the inspector general’s report.
“I think, probably, from a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government used the apparatus of the state — principally, the law enforcement agencies and the intelligence agencies — both to spy on political opponents. But as to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election,” Barr alleged. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first time in history that this has been done to a presidential campaign.”
“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said Tuesday as he rejected the report’s findings. “I think there were gross abuses . . . and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”
“There was and never has been any evidence of collusion, and yet this campaign and the president’s administration has been dominated by this investigation into what turns out to be completely baseless,” Barr claimed.
Barr is pushing the same narrative that Donald Trump and his defenders have been pushing for years. They do this despite the fact that former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, who took over the FBI probe, found 272 contacts between Trump’s team and Russia.
Barr also did not mention that Trump’s former campaign chief, deputy campaign chief, national security adviser, longtime attorney, and multiple other campaign advisers were convicted in the Russia probe.
You can see the entire interview in the video clip below: