Attorney General William Barr made it plain in an interview this past Sunday that he is tired of the mainstream media ignoring illegal surveillance against the Trump campaign.
In an exclusive interview with Jan Crawford for “CBS This Morning” Barr said the media has no interest in investigating the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and was no longer fulfilling its duty as the so-called Fourth Estate.
At one point the AG refused to let Crawford set the agenda for the interview by reminding his host, “Normally the media would be interested in letting the sunshine in and finding out what the truth is. And usually, the media doesn’t care that much about protecting intelligence sources and methods. But I do and I will.”
Barr’s rebuke came in the midst of his discussion of the plans to declassify documents related to FBI and other US intelligence agencies’ surveillance of the Trump Campaign.
The media’s focus on declassification of those documents rather than the reason the FBI carried out the “spying” in the first place prompted Barr’s comments.
Since Barr announced his intention to make the documents available with little redaction, the mainstream media has focused on little else. The Washington Post, Politico, the New York Times, and other sources have published stories quoting former intelligence officials who seem obsessed with the declassification order.
A Times article recently claimed that the CIA fears an unnamed “sensitive Kremlin source close to Vladimir Putin” might be unmasked. The CIA says these sources provided information that proves Putin was directly involved in the election interference in 2016.
Former CIA Director John Brennan, in particular, has been vocal in his response to President Trump’s decision to direct Barr to release the sensitive information in what Brennan called “willy nilly” fashion.
Brennan, who is no longer head of the CIA and is now a correspondent for MSNBC, said, “The concern is that very, very precious source and methods of the United States intelligence community as well as our partners and allies abroad” will dry up.
Barr made light of Brennan’s argument saying, “I’m amused by these people who make a living by disclosing classified information, including the names of intelligence operatives, wringing their hands about whether I’m going to be responsible in protecting intelligence sources and methods.”
Barr told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Brennan and others know full well that he has been in the intelligence business for over 50 years and knows how to handle classified information.
AG Barr has proven he does indeed know how to handle classified information but the media apparently does not. The Washington Post and the New York Times have released numerous stories for publication that disclosed classified information concerning the methods and sources used during the Russia probe.
It was the Post that broke the story on April 11, 2017, that revealed the FBI obtained the FISA warrant to wiretap Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.
The Times published stories that unmasked Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, showing him to be instrumental in manufacturing contact with Trump campaign aides Page and George Papadopoulos.
Government officials who leaked that information have yet to be identified. However, there is credible evidence the CIA was involved in at least one leak of sensitive information.
Barr suggested during his interview the media has ignored the government’s surveillance activities. He again reminded Crawford the media must be the watchdogs of American’s civil liberties.
He added, “The fact that today people just seem to brush aside the idea that it is okay to you know, to engage in these activities against a political campaign is stunning to me especially when the media doesn’t seem to think that it’s worth looking into.”
Crawford only appeared concerned about alleged obstruction of justice by the President but Barr proved in the interview he would not be deterred from what the Muller report and the media have no interest in.
He has some serious questions about the “timeline” of the investigation that the FBI claims it opened on July 31, 2016. Barr said he assumed he would get answers, but he instead has only gotten “more questions.”
He said elsewhere, “Some of the facts … that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened.”
Attorney General William Barr seems to know why Brennan and others of the deep state are suddenly so concerned about declassification. He believes that “spying” occurred against the Trump campaign.
Now, he intends to find out of it was legal or illegal.