Taking their cue from the orchestrated freak-out over a perfectly reasonable phone call between two world Leaders, the Press is shining the worst possible light on conversations between Barr and foreign governments.
They don’t like Barr, they haven’t liked him since he said it was a big deal that the government spied on a Presidential candidate.
But, however motivated they might be, are they right to shine such a negative light upon them in this trip? No, they’re not, for some very straightforward reasons. Not the least of which is an Australian source refuting the claim that it was Trump and not Australia that initiated this contact.
This issue can be traced back to the Mueller investigation.
For the past two years, the President had thrown open unprecedented access to his files and staffers to facilitate the Mueller investigation going forward without any impediment whatsoever. Now the Mueller investigation is finally closed down and disbanded.
Trump is finally free to look into the apparent abuses of power that led to the powerful tools of our nation’s surveillance capability being turned upon a Presidential campaign, without the possibility of it being somehow construed as Obstruction of Mueller’s investigation.
The Dems have had their turn. Now the rest of us want answers.
Knowing how tainted his judgment has been, we are interested in the cases that Comey had a hand in. That will obviously include some loose ends not tied up in the Hillary missing email case. If there was wrongdoing at the highest levels of law enforcement, it should be rooted out and properly dealt with.
That would include the ‘favor’ Trump posed to the Ukrainian president about Crowdstrike… the company connected to oligarchs on the Atlantic Council (which was named in the trip Schiff’s staffer took to meet the defeated Ukrainian president) which is connected to the Clinton’s biggest foreign contributor as well as the Clintons themselves. Oh, and they just happened to be connected to Barisma, too. But ‘nothing to see here’, right?
There are other lingering questions about the Mueller witchhunt. For example, who is Joseph Mifsud?
He’s the Maltese professor that either IS or IS NOT a Russian asset that was part of the net catching George Papadopoulos. There is also compelling evidence that makes him look like a western asset, which by itself would make justification for spying on the Trump campaign fall apart.
Reporting about the sketchy players in the Spygate sagas indicate plausible cooperation of key figures from the upper brass among Five-Eyes allies being complicit in helping create the Russian scandals that led to the unprecedented spying on a Presidential campaign — and worse still — a President-elect.
In a recent phone call, Mr Trump urged Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, to provide assistance to the ongoing Justice Department inquiry, the people said. Mr Trump made the request at Mr Barr’s urging, they said. The Trump phone call was first reported by The New York Times.
Trump administration officials defended the moves as above board.
Attorney General William P. Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking their help in a Justice Department inquiry that President Trump hopes will discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ examination of possible connections between Russia and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the matter. […]
The attorney general’s active role also underscores the degree to which a nearly three-year-old election still consumes significant resources and attention inside the federal government. 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.
While Donald Trump is likely to be impeached over his efforts to coerce a foreign government to help with his 2020 campaign, Barr has been focused on an investigate-the-investigators scheme, overseen in part by John Durham, a U.S. attorney. To that end, the Post added that the attorney general “has already made overtures to British intelligence officials, and last week the attorney general traveled to Italy, where he and Durham met senior Italian government officials and Barr asked the Italians to assist Durham.”
That article went on to call them ‘conspiracy theories’, while (ironically) offering a popup ad for Maddow’s show in the same article. We have already demonstrated actual conspiracy against Trump, the only unanswered question was the extent of that conspiracy’s reach.
Yahoo news added:
White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said: “I’m old enough to remember when Democrats actually wanted to find out what happened in the 2016 election. The Democrats clearly don’t want the truth to come out anymore as it might hurt them politically, but this call relates to a DOJ inquiry publicly announced months ago to uncover exactly what happened. The DOJ simply requested the president provide introductions to facilitate that ongoing inquiry, and he did so, that’s all.”
Kerri Kupec, a Justice Department spokesperson, said, “Mr Durham is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries. At attorney general Barr’s request, the president has contacted other countries to ask them to introduce the attorney general and Mr Durham to appropriate officials.”
As one might expect if they were following the various leads that led to the FISA abuse scandal, they were looking into the origins of the spying… as they had promised to do.
The UK, Australia, Ukraine and even Italy have various loose threads that are being chased down as they piece together the big picture.
And since the Steele Dossier was created by a British spy, with sources from the Russian Kremlin, and has cast a crippling shadow over the entirety of Trump’s first term, it could be argued that nothing is MORE deserving of investigation than the foreign interference that so critically hampered a duly-elected President.