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.
‘All nine justices’ rejected Trump’s claim of absolute immunity: CNN’s Toobin
On Thursday, following the Supreme Court's 7-2 ruling that President Donald Trump's taxes are not immune from the Manhattan criminal investigation, CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin broke down the implications of the decision.
"All nine justices reject the position put forth by the president's lawyers in this case," said Toobin. "All nine justices say that the president does not have absolute immunity from a subpoena, and all nine agree that the case has to go back to district court."
"This is a legal defeat for the president, but it may be a practical victory," added Toobin. "The idea that the president can't be subpoenaed is completely rejected but the Supreme Court, and that even the two dissenting justices agree on ... the practical victory for the president is that the legal proceedings will continue. It seems unlikely, given this opinion, that the president will ultimately be able to stop the disclosure of these events to the grand jury in Manhattan, but it's going to take time. I mean, this process will begin again. The district court will get briefings. They may hear evidence. That will be appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and then losing party will likely go back to the Supreme Court. All of this will take a while."
Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant
UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.
According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.
In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.
Lubbock police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Trump is ‘running around like a toddler’ and wrecking everything for the GOP: Ex-Jeb Bush strategist
On CNN Thursday, former Jeb Bush strategist Tim Miller, a Never Trump conservative, warned there may be no way out for Republicans who have stuck by President Donald Trump and tied their political fortunes to him.
"I imagine ... discussions taking place with the pandemic where it is, which is bad, but it's also getting worse," said anchor John Berman. "So what do the consultants do or think about if this situation continues to get worse? How do you run on a situation even worse than this in October or November?"
"Maybe from lack of imagination, but, you know, I'm not sure that that's the case. You know, it's always darkest before completely black, as John McCain would say," said Miller. "I think these guys are stuck with him. You know, at this point they're pregnant, you know, they're past pregnant, you know? Their Trump kid is now running around as a toddler right now."