While most of the country was fixated on the Democrats’ impeachment sham Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr was providing fascinating new details on Fox News about U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the Trump-Russia probe—details that should concern Russia hoax instigators Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson.
Barr told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum that Durham is looking into “private actors” as well as former and current government employees who were involved in the years-long Trump-Russia investigation.
“[Durham is] not just looking at the FBI. He’s looking at other agencies … and also private actors, so it’s a much broader investigation,” he said. “Also, he’s not just looking at the FISA aspect of it,” Barr continued. “He is looking at all the conduct both before and after the election.”
Christopher Steele authored the completely discredited anti-Trump dossier that “played a central and essential role in the FBI’s and Department’s decision to seek the FISA order,” according to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Trump-Russia investigation.
Fusion GPS co-Founder Glenn Simpson, who hired Steele, was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrats to gather dirt on the Trump campaign. The two then peddled their unverified work product all over Washington to journalists, the FBI, the State Department and the Department of Justice.
Left out of the IG report were the names Cody Shearer and Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton-connected henchmen who created their own dossier that may have served as a template for Steele’s. Durham may be looking into their involvement in the Russia hoax, as well.
When asked whether he was concerned that Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, was conducting his own investigation into Ukraine’s alleged election meddling, Barr indicated that he was not, but that it was “in everyone’s interest to allow the Department of Justice to do its work.”
Barr also disputed fired FBI director James Comey’s recent attempt to distance himself from the FBI’s election-year misconduct. During an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, the disgraced former G-man claimed that the investigation was run “seven layers” below him.
When asked if he believed Comey’s assertion, the attorney general flatly answered, “no.” Barr said: “The idea that this was seven layers below him is simply not true.”
He added: “I think that one of the problems with what happened was precisely that they pulled the investigation up to the executive floors, and it was run and birddogged by a very small group of very high level officials.”