Attorney General William Barr has put together a team which will look at decisions the FBI made in 2016 when it started an investigation of then-candidate Donald Trump. Barr confirmed the investigation during House testimony. From Bloomberg:
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr told a House panel on Tuesday.
Barr’s inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters. The FBI declined to comment. Barr said he expected the inspector general’s work to be completed by May or June…
“That’s great news he’s looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016,” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Tuesday of Barr’s interest in the issue. “That’s something that has been really important to us. It’s what we’ve been calling for.”
Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto last month that he planned to investigate elements of the FBI investigation once the Mueller report was in the rear-view mirror:
Once we put the Mueller report to bed, once Barr comes to the committee and takes questions about his findings and his actions, and we get to see the Mueller report, consistent with law, then we are going to turn to finding out how this got off the rails.
I know Attorney General Barr. It’s not if he looks at what happened. It’s how he does. Does he do it internally? Does he appoint a special counsel? Mr. Horowitz is looking at the FISA abuse allegations. I will be looking at the FISA abuse.
I will be looking at the counterintelligence operation. Why did they not tell Trump if it truly was a counterintelligence operation? There will be a lot of inquiry as to how this all happened.
I’m well aware of what Democrats think of this investigation but it’s hard to keep calling it a distraction when the Mueller report is complete and the investigation into collusion is over. At least it should be over, but Democrats are doing their best to stretch out the narrative for as long as possible.
We learned earlier today from Barr’s testimony (which Allahpundit wrote about here) that several of the deep mysteries Democrats have been focused on recently really aren’t that mysterious. For one, Democrats will be seeing the redacted report within a week. For two, Mueller’s office was given a chance to review the so-called summary document and declined. For three, Barr had a heads up about which way the report would come down on the main issues which helps explain how he was able to review it within 48-hours and write a letter about it.
This is really just a game for Democrats at this point. The big question, about collusion, has been answered. But once they get the full report, it will be passed through the Rachel Maddow conspiracy filter to produce dozens of new questions and hundreds of new news stories promising further revelations to come. They can tease this out for months just as they have for the past two years, always promising a “Boom” that never comes. The game won’t end because it’s not tethered to any reality except one: The very real demand of the left-wing base for an endless stream of anti-Trump content. The base will keep playing that tune and Adam Schiff and Rachel Maddow will keep dancing to it on MSNBC.