James Comey tightens the screws on Attorney General Bill Barr, says ‘Trump has enough spokespeople’


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Former FBI director James Comey shot back at Attorney General William Barr on Twitter Friday night: “Donald Trump has enough spokespeople.”
The tweets appeared to be in response to Barr’s interview with Fox News, part of which was aired Friday morning on “Fox and Friends,” as well has his interview with The Wall Street Journal, but the topic has deeper origins.
“If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale,” Barr said in an interview with Fox News. “And so I’m not saying that happened, but it’s something we have to look at.”
Whether he intends to or not, Barr’s comments have fueled a conspiracy about the Russian investigation — despite the rebuking of the current FBI director Christopher Wray, who said he would not characterize the FBI’s investigation as “spying.”
“The president claiming the FBI’s investigation was ‘TREASON’ reminds me that a Russian once said, ‘A lie told often enough becomes the truth,'” Comey wrote on Twitter. “That shouldn’t happen in America. Who will stand up?”
Other former FBI officials have also spoken out against the accusation of “spying,” including former general counsel Jim Baker, who addressed the issue last week at the Brookings Institute.
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Former FBI director James Comey shot back at Attorney General William Barr on Twitter Friday night: “Donald Trump has enough spokespeople.”

“The AG should stop sliming his own Department,” Comey wrote. “If there are bad facts, show us, or search for the professional and then tell us what you found. An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth.”

The tweets appeared to be in response to Barr’s interview with Fox News, part of which was aired this morning on “Fox and Friends,” as well has his interview with The Wall Street Journal, but the topic has deeper origins.

What’s going on?

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was completed in March of this year, and the redacted version was released in mid-April.

Mueller found that Russians did try to meddle with the election, and Trump campaign members were in contact with Russian nationals, however, there was not evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the two entities.

However, in terms of obstruction of justice, Muller declined to reach a conclusion — neither exonerating nor charging the president. He laid out 11 examples of potential obstruction and seemed to be leaving the question for Congress.

Following the release of the Mueller report two distinct narratives have emerged. Democratic lawmakers by-and-large want to investigate Mueller’s findings further — especially on obstruction of justice, as he declined to make a judgement on the matter.

Republicans, who see the Mueller report as exonerating the president, want to investigate how the Russia investigation began — back in 2016 before Mueller took over in 2017.

This desire hints at Trump’s unfounded theory that law enforcement was “spying” on his campaign, rather …read more

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