On Monday the Washington Post reported that Attorney General William Barr had held private meetings with foreign intelligence officials to discredit the Mueller investigation and report.
Current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials expressed frustration and alarm Monday that the head of the Justice Department was taking such a direct role in reexamining what they view as conspiracy theories and baseless allegations of misconduct.
What’s extraordinary is how far Barr has gone to try and discredit the work of Robert Mueller and other U.S. intelligence agencies — instead of actually doing his job, such as helping protect Americans from terrorists.
According to the Washington Post, Barr “made overtures” to British intelligence officials.
They also met Italian intelligence officials with similar requests.
Also on Monday, the New York Times reported:
President Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William P. Barr gather information for a Justice Department inquiry that Mr. Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials with knowledge of the call.
In other words, the President has been asking the head of the Dept. of Justice to go around the world and find ways to undermine his own intelligence agencies on Russian interference in the 2016 election, and to do it to protect the President’s reputation.
Former GOP congressman and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough slammed Barr for this pointless partisan activity: “He’s not protecting us from the next [terrorist] attack, he’s doing Donald Trump’s political bidding.” Instead of doing his job, Barr wants to “chase down every one of Donald Trump’s stupid conspiracy theories.”
“And that is making America less safe,” said Scarborough. “That is making us more susceptible to terrorist attacks.”
— Sunny Hundal