Attorney General William Barr said that the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016 was “one of the greatest travesties in American history.”
The attorney general told Fox News on April 9 that he is troubled by the findings from the ongoing investigation into the FBI by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is looking into the origins of the probe as well as what the bureau did after Donald Trump was elected president.
“My own view is that the evidence shows that were not dealing with just the mistakes or sloppiness,” Barr told Fox Newss Laura Ingraham. “There was something far more troubling here. Were going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.”
Barr told Congress last year the FBI spied on the Trump campaign. He said on Thursday that the president “has every right to be frustrated” by the investigation.
The Department of Justice Inspector General found that the FBIs applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) contained a plethora of significant errors and omissions.
“What happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history—without any basis, they started this investigation of his campaign,” Barr said.
“And even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign. A whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage the presidency or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”
The bureau obtained four warrants from the court to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. An unverified dossier composed by a former foreign intelligence officer and funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee played a crucial role in the bureaus decision to spy on Page, the inspector general concluded.
Unlike DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, whose task was to prepare a report on what the FBI did, Durhams primary assignment is to determine if there is sufficient evidence of a crime and bring those responsible to justice, Barr said.
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