(Liberty Bell) – Following the release of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuses during the 2016 election, Attorney General Bill Barr released a scathing assessment of the IG’s findings.
His comments were made via a memo, which stated unequivocally that there was widespread abuse of the FISA process under Obama’s tenure in the White House, which continued into 2017.
The Inspector General’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken. It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration. In the rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates, FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source. The Inspector General found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory. 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.
This is hugely significant. The Attorney General is not mincing words at all. It’s obvious that the Obama-era FBI broke the law, and the AG is signaling that he has no intention of tiptoeing around the facts, as his predecessors at the agency did when it was discovered that Hillary Clinton had been engaged in some seriously criminal activity during her time in the State Department.
When has the US Attorney General ever done this before?
This statement is damning, “the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the Inspector General’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process.”