It has been strongly implied by Attorney General Bill Barr that the release of the long-awaited report by Justice Department Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz about alleged abuse of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign team is “imminent.” Meanwhile, an investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham is looking into criminal wrongdoing related to the origins of the Trump–Russia collusion probe.
I is widely expected that the IG’s FISA report, as well as Durham’s investigation, will reveal wrongdoing by former Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials — and now Fox News host Sean Hannity has said that recent remarks by Barr indicate that certain individuals behind the effort to investigate and smear President Donald Trump could soon be in some serious trouble.
Calling out the “Resistance”
Hannity first pointed to a speech Barr delivered on Friday to the Federalist Society in which the attorney general called out the anti-Trump “Resistance” in incredibly strong terms, even going so far as to compare it to an “insurgency” that has engaged in “sabotage” against the Trump administration.
“Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called ‘The Resistance,’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his Administration,” Barr said.
“Now, ‘resistance’ is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power,” he continued. “It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate.”
He went on: “This is a very dangerous — indeed incendiary — notion to import into the politics of a democratic republic. What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the ‘loyal opposition,’ as opposing parties have done in the past, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”
Previewing “coming attractions”
To Hannity, this constituted “a preview of coming attractions.”
“Make no mistake, this is a preview of coming attractions,” he said. “Listening to the Attorney General of the United States Barr, it sounds pretty clear to me that he has discovered serious corruption, serious abuse of power in his investigations into the origin of the Russia witch hunt.”
Hannity went on: “I would advise, pay very close attention to what you just saw because I see every indication there that the attorney general fully, completely understands what is a clear and present danger to this country.”
The Fox host said that he didn’t believe Barr would have made such striking remarks about the anti-Trump “resistance” unless he had “some pretty damning evidence at his disposal.”
“I would predict in the coming months, if I were one of these ‘deep state’ bureaucrats and operatives that was actively working against the president of the United States — or a candidate, or a transition team — and frankly, against the country, I’d be very worried tonight,” Hannity said. “Because when the attorney general compares you to the insurgency, I would watch out, because probably, I believe, something major is about to happen and it won’t be good for ‘deep state’ operatives.”
It remains to be seen exactly what, if any, evidence of wrongdoing has been uncovered by Horowitz, or if Durham and Barr have found such conduct to be criminal in nature. That said, and as Hannity aptly pointed out, Barr likely would not have used such “incendiary” language in describing the anti-Trump “resistance” if he didn’t have conclusive evidence to support it.