The Justice Department’s Inspector General delivered a report concerning Donald Trump and Russia on Tuesday. The report found that the FBI was neither spying on the President or that the opening of the Russia probe was partisan. Attorney General William Barr reportedly told associates that he disagreed with the findings.
Barr has asked United States Attorney John Durham to look into the FBI’s action. Donald Trump said he will wait for that report. Last night, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin blasted Barr’s actions and referred to the Attorney General as a “Fox News bot.”
The topic came up during last night’s episode of Anderson Cooper 360. Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker first weighed in on the issue. “It’s just really unjustified. The facts do not support his assertions with respect to the investigation that we conducted,” he said. “I was one of the people at the top of the FBI at the time. And I know we weren’t involved in some plot to overthrow the United States government, obviously.”
Toobin found Barr’s actions much more sinister. He told the panel:
“The attorney general of the United States is a Fox News bot. And we have — and it’s just — it’s an outrage. Just the first quote you started with, it’s like, ‘I think it’s troubling when they wire… people up to go in a campaign.’ They didn’t wire anyone up. It’s a complete invention!… I used to work in the Justice Department about 17 levels down from where Jim Baker was. But, I mean it’s just outrageous. It’s not sad. I mean, the fact that the attorney general of the United States keeps demanding investigation after investigation until he gets the results that he wants? That’s something that happened in the Soviet Union, not in the United States.”
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