Bill Barr: 'Very Concerned' Mueller ‘Ignored’ Evidence of Russian Disinfo in Steele Dossier

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr listens to concerns raised about public safety in rural Alaska during at a roundtable discussion at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Barr did not take questions from reporters in his first public appearance after former special prosecutor Robert Mueller spoke to reporters after resigning at the completion of his report into Russian interference into the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

As we reported on Friday, Attorney General William Barr did a great interview with Catherine Herridge of CBS about why the Department of Justice dismissed the charges against Gen. Michael Flynn.

Barr laid out how there was no legitimate investigative predicate to go after Flynn, that indeed prior to January 4, 2017, the Crossfire Razor investigation was being closed. Yet, after a meeting on Jan. 5, that included Barack Obama, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, suddenly it came back online to interview Michael Flynn to try to catch him in a “perjury trap.”

Barr hinted that there might be more coming on that because he noted that U.S. Attorney John Durham was looking into “the whole pattern of conduct.”

That is part of John Durham, U.S. Attorney John Durham’s portfolio. The reason we had to take this action now and why U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen came in was because it was prompted by the motions that were filed in that case. And so we had to sorta move more quickly on it. But John Durham is still looking at all of this.

This is one particular episode, but we view it as part of a number of related acts. And we’re looking at the whole pattern of conduct. [….]

Well, you know, I don’t wanna, you know, we’re in the middle of looking at all of this. John Durham’s investigation, and U.S. Attorney Jensen, I’m gonna ask him to do some more work on different items as well. And I’m gonna wait till all the evidence is, and I get their recommendations as to what they found and how serious it is.


But the Flynn comments weren’t the only interesting part of his interview with Herridge.

As he said, he’s looking at the “whole pattern of conduct.”

He was also bothered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation which he said “ignored” evidence of the Russian disinformation in the dossier of Christopher Steele.

From Daily Caller:

“I think that’s one of the most troubling aspects of this whole thing,” Barr told CBS News when asked about the possibility that the Kremlin fed disinformation to Christopher Steele, a former British spy who investigated the Trump campaign.

Barr said he was “very concerned” at the possibility that the dossier and Steele “were used as a vector for the Russians to inject disinformation into the political campaign.” […]

Barr said in his CBS interview that Mueller should have investigated the dossier further, especially since the point of the special counsel’s investigation was to uncover Russia’s interference in the U.S. political system.

“I think that is something that Robert Mueller was responsible for looking at under his charter, which is the potential of Russian influence,” Barr told CBS News.

“But I think it was ignored and there was mounting indications that this could very well have been happening and no one really stopped to look at it.”


Indeed. If he’s looking at the “whole pattern of conduct” and he’s “very concerned” about that, I wonder if he’s also looking at why Mueller didn’t.

If the Mueller investigation was supposed to be looking at Russian interference, why wasn’t he looking into that and calling it out? Why wasn’t he looking at the Democratic involvement in that? There was far more evidence of Russian connection with the Democrats than there ever was with the Trump team. So you have to ask why, since that was staring him in the face and he knew that was the case.


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