(USA Features) Attorney General William Barr said the FBI under then-Director James Comey worked to undermine the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump with a phony Russia probe, calling it one of the “greatest travesties in American history.”
In an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham Thursday, Barr discussed the ongoing criminal probe into the origins of the “Spygate” investigation, which is being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Barr said it is possible that Durham could produce a report when his investigation wraps up, but that his focus is on bringing indictments and prosecutions.
Harkening back to the Justice Department inspector general’s report on abuses of the FISA court by members of the Obama-era FBI, Barr said what he and Durham have found thus far goes beyond “mistakes or sloppiness” to “sabotaging the presidency.”
“His primary focus isn’t to prepare a report,” Barr said of Durham.
“He’s looking to bring to justice people who are engaged in abuses if he can show that there were criminal violations and that is what the focus is on, building these cases, especially the sprawling case we have between us that went on for two or three years here,” he continued.
“Without any basis, [Obama’s FBI] started this investigation of [Trump’s] campaign and more concerning actually is what happened after the campaign, the whole pattern of events while he was president…to sabotage the presidency and I think that…or at least had the effect of sabotaging the presidency,” he added.
Barr said there are things “far more troubling here,” adding that the Justice Department is going “to get to the bottom of it.
“And, if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted,” he said, adding that the president was right to be frustrated with what took place.