On Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr sat down to talk with Fox New’s Martha MacCallum. During the interview, he dropped a bombshell regarding the ongoing Durham investigation.
Attorney General Bill Barr goes one-one-one with Martha MacCallum in an exclusive interview. The Attorney General discusses the latest in Trump’s impeachment, fallout from the FISA abuse probe and what is to come from John Durham’s investigation into the Russia probe.
“A much broader investigation”
US Attorney John Durham is conducting his own investigation independent of that which was done by Inspector General Michael Horowitz. MacCallum asked Barr how Durham’s review will compare with Horowitz’s.
“Do you believe that Durham’s investigation is broader scoped in terms of the intelligence agencies that are being looked at?” she asked.
“Oh yes,” Barr replied. “He’s not just looking at the FBI. He’s looking at other agencies and departments and also private actors. So it’s a much broader investigation.”
In October, it was announced that Durham’s investigation had become a criminal inquiry.
“And also, he’s not just looking at the FISA aspect of it,” the attorney general continued. “He’s looking at all the conduct, both before and after the election.”
Beyond Horowitz’s investigation
After Horowitz’s report was released, both Barr and Durham took the unusual step of saying that they disagreed with elements of it.
“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Durham said in a statement.
“While most of the misconduct identified by the inspector general was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the inspector general’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process,” Barr added in a statement of his own.
In addition to FISA abuse, Barr also spoke to McCallum about impeachment.
“As a general matter, I think we have to be careful about trivializing the process and they put in a hurdle of high crimes — of treason, bribery and other high crimes,” he insisted.
“The articles of impeachment here do not allege a violation of law, and it looks as if it’s going to be along partisan lines — I think — you know, I’m concerned about it being trivialized and used as a political tool.”