Attorney General William Barr resigned on Monday, one year and two months after he assigned Special Counsel John Durham to investigate alleged malfeasance of officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Department of Justice who executed the Russia collusion hoax.
The probe has only produced one criminal charge, and a report that was supposed to be issued “after the election” is still pending.
President Donald Trump gave Barr a diplomatic send-off, tweeting a copy of his resignation letter, which stated his last day would be December 23, and announcing the appointment of Deputy Attorney General Jeff Rosen to serve as acting attorney general.
“Just had a very nice meeting with Attorney General Bill Barr at the White House. Our relationship has been a very good one, he has done an outstanding job! As per letter, Bill will be leaving just before Christmas to spend the holidays with his family…” Trump tweeted.
After Inspector General Michael Horowitz released findings of his investigation of the conduct of the Russia probe in 2019, it revealed that several high ranking FBI and D O J officials abused their authority during and after the 2016 election.
They worked in tandem with powerful political players and organizations to coordinate a scheme to oust the president from office.
They include former FBI director James Comey; former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe; former head of FBI counterintelligence Peter Strzok; FBI Attorney Lisa Page; former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr; Comey’s chief legal counsel James Baker; former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan; Former United States Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; the Democratic National Committee; British spy Christopher Steele, and political opposition firm Fusion GPS.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was charged for changing information in an email affirming Carter Page was an asset of the CIA, to deny that he was, in order to get surveillance warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The Justice Department said at least two of four FISA warrants used to spy on Page, an American petroleum industry consultant and former foreign-policy adviser to Trump, as well as his campaign, were “not valid.”
Former White House chief strategist and America First radio host Sebastian Gorka channeled the feelings of many Americans about Barr’s tenure on Newsmax last Saturday.
“Bill Barr you’re a failure and you are a coward. You have foresworn the oath like me that you have taken more than once. I took it when I joined the Defense Department. I took it when I became strategist for the president. You swore like I did to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to protect it from enemies foreign and domestic and you have done nothing. You are a yellow-bellied coward. Not one person — not one person is in prison for having spied illegally on the Trump Campaign, the Trump transition team which I was a member of, and the Trump administration. Comey, Brennan, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe are walking free today and that is a travesty.”
The attorney general fell afoul of Trump in the weeks before his resignation after he told The Associated Press that federal investigators had not found evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.
“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election,” Barr told the AP on December 1.
The president was also angry that Barr did not disclose a federal investigation into former vice president Joe Biden’s son Hunter which began in 2018.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that Barr took steps to prevent the investigation from becoming public during the election campaign.
The president tweeted his disappointment last Saturday: “Why didn’t Bill Barr reveal the truth to the public, before the Election, about Hunter Biden. Joe was lying on the debate stage that nothing was wrong, or going on — Press confirmed. Big disadvantage for Republicans at the polls!”
In a follow-up tweet the president added: “IF Biden gets in, nothing will happen to Hunter or Joe. Barr will do nothing, and the new group of partisan killers coming in will quickly kill it all.”
“Same thing with [Special Counsel John] Durham. We caught them cold, spying, treason & more (the hard part), but ‘Justice’ took too long. Will be DOA!”
Democrats are pressing the panic button over Barr’s exit. Washington, D.C.’s elected Attorney General, Democrat Karl Racine, is raising the specter of a “five alarm fire” at Justice in the coming weeks, claiming that the president’s actions “will only get worse and more dangerous.”
Trump wants prosecutors to take action on alleged election fraud and he has called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate tax allegations against Hunter Biden.