It looks like Attorney General William Barr has just about got his ducks in a row.
According to Fox News political analyst Gregg Jarrett, some of the big names from the Russia investigation may want to get in touch with their lawyers.
“I would have my criminal lawyers on speed dial,” Jarrett said during an appearance Thursday night on “Hannity,” “because [Barr] made it pretty much clear he is going after not just the intel agencies but private actors.”
According to Jarrett, the likes of former CIA Director John Brennan, former journalist and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, and former British spy Christopher Steele are in Barr’s crosshairs.
Jarrett seems to have made these inferences from an interview that Barr gave one night earlier on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum. There, Barr took issue with several aspects of the Russia investigation, including the idea being peddled by former FBI director James Comey that the Justice Department is “attacking the FBI.”
“One of the things that I object to is the tack being taken by Comey, which is to suggest that people who are criticizing or trying to get to the bottom of the misconduct are somehow attacking the FBI,” said Barr. “I think that is nonsense.”
Of course, two of the people that Comey is directly criticizing with such a comment are Barr and John Durham, the attorney who Barr has leading the probe into the origins of the Russian investigation.
“We’re criticizing and concerned about misconduct by a few actors at the top of the FBI,” Barr explained. “And they should be criticized if they engaged in serious misconduct.”
“Not buying it”
According to Jarrett, Barr also disagrees with the idea that the infamous George Papadopoulos bar talk is what really got the Russia investigation underway. Remember that it has been alleged that Papadopoulos told Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that Russia had damaging information on Hillary Clinton — this then is said to have caused Downer to alert the FBI which then started the counterintelligence investigation.
“[Barr] also said he’s not really buying the Papadopoulos bar talk [Downer] as [having been] the trigger for the Trump-Russia investigation,” said Jarrett.
Indeed, during his interview with MacCallum, Barr stated that by the time Trump entered the Oval Office in 2017, it was clear that the allegations against Papadopoulos were unfounded.
With this and other statements that Barr has made in the past, it is clear that he and Durham are determined to get to the bottom of what led to the Russia collusion hoax. As Jarrett says, some of these key players better start lawyering up!