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Just as the case against General Michael Flynn unraveled, the case around RussiaGate is slowly coming undone.
To investigate President Trump and claim collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the FBI relied heavily on information within the Steele dossier.
However, Attorney General Bill Barr has accused Robert Mueller of ignoring evidence of Russian misinformation in the Steele dossier.
In other words, the investigation of Trump-Russia interference was based on a lie.
Watch Bill Barr's interview with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge:
Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
However, it appears that Mueller might have ignored evidence that the Steele dossier was unreliable.
The Daily Caller has more on AG Barr's accusations:
Attorney General William Barr said in an interview aired Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators “ignored” evidence of possible Russian disinformation in the Steele dossier.
“I think that’s one of the most troubling aspects of this whole thing,” Barr told CBS News when asked about the possibility that the Kremlin fed disinformation to Christopher Steele, a former British spy who investigated the Trump campaign.
Barr said he was “very concerned” at the possibility that the dossier and Steele “were used as a vector for the Russians to inject disinformation into the political campaign.”
The FBI relied heavily on information from Steele to obtain warrants to wiretap Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Multiple news outlets and Democrats in Congress also touted Steele’s information as evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
Despite Trump critics’ early confidence in the dossier, many of its allegations have come under scrutiny or been outright debunked over the past year or so. Mueller said in a report of his investigation released on April 18, 2019 that his investigators found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A Justice Department inspector general’s report on the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation did even more damage to Steele’s reputation, while raising questions about Mueller’s investigation.
Barr said in his CBS interview that Mueller should have investigated the dossier further, especially since the point of the special counsel’s investigation was to uncover Russia’s interference in the U.S. political system.
As with General Flynn's case, it appears that the prosecutors appear more likely to pursue an agenda than they are to pursue the truth.
Barr has been investigating the origins of the Russia probe and has been exposing the corruption in the highest levels of government.
The case of General Flynn is yet another example of misconduct from corrupt leaders at the FBI and other government agencies.
Newly revealed documents indicate that the FBI was attempting to "set up" Flynn or get him fired.
The Washington Examiner has more details on Barr's view of what motivates investigators:
In their interview, Herridge pressed Barr to assess what motivated the investigators.
“These are very smart people who were working in the special counsel's office and in senior levels of the FBI — so what drove them here?” she asked.
“Well, I think one of the things you have to guard against, both as a prosecutor and, I think, as an investigator, is that, if you get too wedded to a particular outcome and you're pursuing a particular agenda, you close your eyes to anything that sort of doesn't fit with your preconception,” Barr said. “And I think that's probably the phenomenon we're looking at here.”
House Intelligence Committee witness interview transcripts, which were released to the public on Thursday, showed President Barack Obama’s spy chief and other top national security and law enforcement officials from his administration testified that they did not see direct evidence of Trump-Russia collusion.
The attorney general also shed some light on the Justice Department’s decision to drop its case against Flynn over false statements he’d allegedly made to FBI agents in January 2017 related to his conversations with Russia’s ambassador.
“But it's on the question of materiality that we feel really that a crime cannot be established here because there was not, in our view, a legitimate investigation going on,” Barr said. “They did not have a basis for a counterintelligence investigation against Flynn at that stage, based on a perfectly legitimate and appropriate call he made as a member of the transition.”
It is deeply disheartening to see politics infect justice.
Fortunately, Attorney General Barr is working to restore law and order within the highest levels of government.
Just as President Trump promised to drain the swamp, Barr is working to undo corrupt political investigations that undermine the justice system.