Attorney General Bill Barr attacked the FBI for investigating the Trump campaign’s multiple contacts with Russian agents during the 2016 presidential campaign as being a “bad faith” probe.
In an interview with NBC News, Barr outlined why he disagreed with Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s conclusion that the FBI was justified in launching its investigation into the Trump 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. “I think there were gross abuses…and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI. I think that leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith.”
Barr also faulted Horowitz for concluding the FBI didn’t have any political malice in opening the investigation simply because he found no evidence to contradict that conclusion.
“All he said was, people gave me an explanation and I didn’t find anything to contradict it… he hasn’t decided the issue of improper motive,” Barr said. “I think we have to wait until the full investigation is done.”
During the interview, reports NBC News, Barr portrayed the Russia probe as “a bogus endeavor that was foisted on Trump,” when in reality special counsel Robert Mueller was only appointed to investigate the matter after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey because he wouldn’t publicly exonerate the president of any wrongdoing.
Jake Tapper has a hard truth for Trump after Thanksgiving outburst inside the White House
CNN anchor Jake Tapper threw shade at Donald Trump on Thanksgiving after the president had a meltdown at a reporter while answering questions for the first time since President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.
Trump brought up why has refused to concede to Biden during a teleconference address to U.S. troops in the Middle East. The president said he was mentally unable to concede.
"I can't say that at all," Trump said.
Trump claims he is mentally unable to concede: ‘I can’t say that at all’
President Donald Trump answered questions from the media on Thanksgiving for the first time since he lost the 2020 presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden.
After returning to the White House from a day of golfing, Trump delayed a teleconference with troops in Bahrain and Kuwait for two hours while he tweeted -- it was not until after 1 a.m. local time for the troops that the event began.
The president said he would travel to Georgia on Saturday to campaign for Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who are both in January runoff elections.
Fox News report determines Trump ‘cannot pardon himself’
A Fox News segment on Thursday concluded that President Donald Trump cannot grant himself a pardon before leaving office.
Following Trump's pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Fox News host Julie Banderas spoke to Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason about the decision.
"I've heard this from a couple sources that I spoke to -- former White House officials -- yesterday, who said this president is planning more pardons," Mason reported. "Clearly this is a president who is on his way out from the White House and he's got just a little less than two months to continue to make his mark."