The nation’s top legal adviser accused the domestic intelligence and security service of forging documents to keep monitoring the incumbent president.
Attorney General William Barr (R) is convinced the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used false papers to justify its constant monitoring of Donald Trump after he won the 2016 general election.
Barr revealed the FBI’s case for its Crossfire Hurricane operation fell apart after the election and the bureau failed to inform the court it found no incriminating evidence of wrongdoing between Trump associates and Russian officials.
“Their case collapsed after the election and they never told the court,” the attorney general said according to Breitbart.
The FBI then allegedly proceeded to request several renewals to continue its surveillance on the president.
“They kept on getting renewals on these applications,” Barr said. “There’s documents falsified in order to get these renewals. There were all kinds of withholding of information from the court.”
The attorney general has asked Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to investigate what the FBI’s real agenda was in continuing to monitor the president.
“The question really is: what was the agenda after the election that kept them pressing ahead after their case collapsed?” Barr said. “This is the president of the United States [we are talking about].”
The probe will examine a “whole waterfront” of factors that could be a possibility.
“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 Russian interference actually preceded July and was, in fact, the precipitating trigger for the investigation,” the attorney general said.
Barr wants Durham to give special attention to the way FBI staff handled the investigation.
“He’s also looking at the conduct of the investigation,” the attorney general said. “There were some things done in the investigation that are not included in [Inspector General Michael] Horowitz’s report.”
The time after the last general election will also be examined.
“A few weeks ago, I told him that he should spend just as much attention on the post-election period,” Barr said. “I did that because of some of the stuff that Horowitz has uncovered, which, to me, [seems] inexplicable.”
The paper revealed not all of these details were originally released in the inspector general’s review of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation.
Investigations are continuing and Barr has set no deadline for completion.