Former Attorney General Bill Barr said on Friday that the special counsel he appointed to investigate the origins of the so-called “Russiagate” scandal, John Durham, has “dug very deep” into the matter and won’t be shy about bringing new indictments against anyone.
Also, he told Fox News that Durham so far has discovered “good information” and suggested that the entire affair was political but also potentially criminal.
“I think the question all along … has been that this was a campaign-dirty-trick to get the government to investigate allegations — scurrilous allegations — about Donald Trump and then leak that right before the election,” Barr told “The Story.”
“And so that raises two questions: Was the Clinton campaign developing this false information and feeding it in for that purpose? And what was the FBI’s role on this?”
Fox News adds:
Barr said the investigation into former Clinton attorney Michael Sussmann, who has been indicted in the probe, is key to figuring out whether Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign was engaged in illegalities.
“It tells me that he [has] dug very deep and he has developed some good information and he thinks he can make a criminal case here,” Barr said.
“And there’s never been a doubt in my mind that if there’s a crime to be proven in and brought by the prosecutor, Durham will do it,” he said of the former Connecticut U.S. attorney.
Asked about the most recent allegations against his onetime boss, former President Donald Trump, Barr said claims surrounding Trump’s bringing White House documents to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., are akin to making “a mountain out of a molehill.”
“[T]he whole classification system is for the president — it’s his authority that is used for it. And he can classify or declassify things if he wants,” said Barr, adding that there is “perhaps a technical violation” at play.