Attorney General Bill Barr recently gave an exclusive interview to Pete Williams of NBC News and statements made by Barr have many now questioning the efforts of the nation’s chief law enforcement official.
During the interview, Barr stated that he still believes the FBI very likely operated out of “bad faith” when it investigated if Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with Russia to alter the results of the 2016 presidential election.
Barr also dismissed the findings of the Justice Department’s inspector general that there no evidence was found of political bias in the launching of the Russia probe. Barr stated that his hand-picked prosecutor, John Durham, would have the” last word on the matter.”
Barr’s offensive against the FBI investigation into Russia will only stoke more debate about whether Barr is actually acting in good faith or as NBC News put it is working as a “hatchet man” for Trump.
During the interview, Barr stated that “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 also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of the election.”
However, Barr knows that the Justice Department’s inspector general determined that none of those things took place. The evidence clearly showed that the Obama administration did not “spy on political opponents” and “never used the levers of governmental power as part of a scheme to affect the outcome of the elections.”
Despite the overwhelming evidence Barr seemingly has no issue peddling false claims as though they are proven facts.
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post highlighted “jaw-dropping” falsehoods that Barr peddled during the interview writing that “Barr’s conduct is nothing short of disgraceful and continues his pattern of misstating facts and out-and-out lying about documents to protect President Trump.”
In order for our country’s system of justice to work properly, federal law enforcement must be free of bias and be depoliticalized. Clearly, Bill Barr is destroying the norms to protect Trump and steps must be taken to restore the system.
Barr’s interview shows how corrupt Trump has made our justice system. The interview is definitely worth a watch. You can check it out below.