Don’t hold back — tell us how you really feel. Attorney General William Barr’s interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham airs tonight, but they’re teasing out a blockbuster statement from Barr over Operation Crossfire Hurricane. John Durham’s investigation will finish soon, but Barr’s seen enough to call it a travesty with “no basis” for opening the probe in the first place. Barr says the effect of the probe, if not its explicit intent, was to “sabotage the presidency”:
Preview of pt 2 Barr interview with Ingraham: “What happened to POTUS was one of the greatest travesties in American history, no basis for this investigation, what’s even more concerning is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events... to sabotage the presidency” pic.twitter.com/85YLJU6IIZ— Luke Goldberg (@LukeGoldberg4) April 9, 2020
BARR: … to be frustrated, because I think what happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history. Without any basis, they started this investigation of his campaign. And even more concerning actually is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president, so I — to sabotage the presidency, and I think — or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.
Hoo boy. Assuming that the full context of these remarks isn’t significantly more nuanced, that goes a lot farther than Barr has gone in the past in criticizing the FBI. Washington Post analyst Aaron Blake notes that Barr had openly disagreed with Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ assessment that no evidence existed of political motives behind the probe.