Following the release of the Justice Department inspector general’s report on the FBI’s abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to obtain warrants to spy on Donald Trump 2016 campaign team, Attorney General Bill Barr sat for an interview with an NBC News reporter to share his thoughts — and he didn’t hold back.
According to Breitbart, Barr revealed Tuesday that he is aware of potentially criminal misdeeds by the FBI that weren’t mentioned in Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report — including the alleged falsification of documents and withholding of information from the FISA court. Now, the question is: could these crimes lead to formal charges?
According to Barr, while Horowitz didn’t address these matters in his report, U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is still in the midst of a criminal probe into related matters, will.
“Durham is looking at the whole waterfront,” Barr said. “He is looking at the issue of how it got started. He’s looking at whether or not the narrative of Trump being involved in the Russia interference actually preceded July  and was it, in fact, the precipitating trigger for the investigation.”
Barr said Durham is “also looking at the conduct of the investigation.”
“There were some things done in the investigation that are not included in Horowitz’s report. He’s looking at those things,” Barr said. “But also, a few weeks ago, I told him that he should spend just as much attention on the post-election period. I did that because of some of the stuff that Horowitz has uncovered, which, to me, is inexplicable.”
Pressed to elaborate, Barr said of the FBI: “Their case collapsed after the election and they never told the court. They kept on getting renewals on these applications. There were documents falsified in order to get these renewals. There were all kinds of withholding of information from the court.”
To Barr, the question remains: what was the FBI’s goal after the election?
“They kept on pressing ahead after their case collapsed. This is the President of the United States,” the AG lamented. Take a look at Barr’s full interview with NBC:
As was revealed by Barr on Tuesday, Durham has discovered things that were done by the FBI and others that were outside of the limited scope of IG Horowitz’s investigation. That shouldn’t be all that surprising, and indeed is the very reason that Durham was tasked with the investigation in the first place.
Now, all we can do is wait for accountability to come. Hopefully, Durham will deliver.