The real scandal has always been the abuse of counterintelligence to spy, interrogate and try to imprison members of the political opposition using material provided to Obama and Clinton officials by the Clinton campaign.
If Attorney General Barr can actually roll back some of the veil of secrecy, make the details of this unprecedented assault on our political system public, and pave the way for holding some of the figures involved in Watergate 2.0 accountable, that would be vital work.
Attorney General William Barr has assembled a “team” to investigate the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, an administration official briefed on the situation told Fox News on Tuesday.
Barr told lawmakers at a contentious hearing earlier Tuesday that he was reviewing the bureau’s “conduct” in particular during the summer of 2016. The attorney general’s explosive testimony marked his first Capitol Hill appearance since he revealed the central findings of Mueller’s investigation, and he indicated the full report — with redactions — would be made public within the week.
The argument for Barr is that he would be able to bring a professional and organized approach to the problem, utilizing his experience while maintaining credibility. And so far, he met those expectations with the way that he handled the release of the Mueller report.
But the origins of this campaign against our political system will be a bigger challenge.