jimjam wrote:Calling F.B.I. professionals “scum,” as the president did, is a slur against people who risk their lives to keep us safe. Mr. Barr’s charges of bias within the F.B.I., made without providing any evidence (a hallmark of Obese Donald's monarchy) and in direct dispute of the findings of the nonpartisan inspector general, risk inflicting enduring damage on this critically important institution.
The country can ill afford to have a chief law enforcement officer (Barr) dispute the Justice Department’s own independent inspector general’s report and claim that an F.B.I. investigation was based on “a completely bogus narrative.” In fact, the report conclusively found that the evidence to initiate the Russia investigation was unassailable. There were more than 100 contacts between members of the Trump campaign and Russian agents during the 2016 campaign, and Russian efforts to undermine our democracy continue to this day. I’m glad the F.B.I. took the threat seriously. It is important, Mr. Wray said last week, that the inspector general found that “the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.”
William Webster, former director of the CIA, the FBI and a former federal judge.
How did we get to the point where Russia is our friend and the FBI is our enemy?
With all due respect my friend Comey refused to reinstate his security clearance. To say the reports conclusively found, is far from true.
Barr: Comey refusal to reinstate security clearance a 'problem' in FISA investigation
by Jerry Dunleavy
| December 10, 2019 02:22 PM
| Updated Dec 10, 2019, 05:53 PM
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Attorney General William Barr said a "problem" in the Justice Department watchdog report on the Russia investigation stems from fired FBI Director James Comey’s refusal to have his security clearance temporarily reinstated.
The former FBI chief, who claimed Inspector General Michael Horowitz's assessment provided him vindication, was brought up by Barr during an interview Tuesday with NBC News' Pete Williams.
Brushing off Horowitz's determination that the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign was properly predicated, Barr said U.S. Attorney John Durham would need to finish his investigation before any final conclusions are made about the motivations behind the inquiry.
Noting the limits inherent in an inspector general review, including jurisdiction and inability to compel testimony, Barr pointed to Comey as an example where Horowitz's report fell short.
“Durham is not limited to the FBI. He can talk to other agencies. He can compel people to testify,” Barr said. “One of the problems in the IG’s investigation, I think he would agree, is that Comey refused to sign back up for his security clearance and therefore couldn't be questioned about classified matters. So, someone like Durham can compel testimony, he can talk to a whole range of people, private parties, foreign governments, and so forth.”In his report, Horowitz said Comey was one of a number of former FBI employees who “chose not to request that their security clearances be reinstated for their [inspector general] interviews” and “therefore, we were unable to provide classified information or documents to them during their interviews to develop their testimony, or to assist their recollections of relevant events.”
The focus of Horowitz's investigation was into allegations of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse against onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz found errors and omissions were made in the process but did not establish that political bias tainted officials' actions throughout the Russia investigation.
Comey was fired by President Trump in May 2017, but there has been some murkiness surrounding Comey's security clearance.
In the summer of 2018, the White House listed Comey among former officials Trump considered relieving of their security clearances. But Comey's friend, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes, tweeted out that he asked Comey if he still had a clearance to revoke, and the former FBI director said "Nope."
Comey took a victory lap on Twitter following the release of Monday’s report, saying, “So it was all lies. No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trump's wires. It was just good people trying to protect America.”But in Barr’s view, Comey's decision, which limited what he could be asked, meant a full account of the FBI’s actions still had not been discovered.
Barr explained his divergence with the DOJ watchdog by pointing out Horowitz, as inspector general, “starts with limited information” and “can only talk to people who are essentially there as employees” and “he's limited to the information generally in the FBI.”
Barr said Horowitz’s approach was “a very deferential standard” of accepting people at their word “as long as there's not contradictory testimonial or documentary evidence,” and so, therefore, in his view, Horowitz hadn’t fully decided the issue of whether there were any improper motivations.“I think, right now, it would be premature to make any judgment, one way or the other," Barr said.
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