Bill Barr just put Barack Obama on notice and America deserves answers. Look, we all know Russia tried to meddle with our elections.
We all know they made multiple attempts to gain access to Trump’s team and were rebuffed multiple times.
But what we don’t know is what in the hell Obama and his team were doing as Russia hacked and meddled in our election.
Bill Barr for one is not happy with the Democrats lack of attention to this matter – if it was a major threat why not take action when it was happening rather than after the fact?
Barr for one wants answers and is vowing to investigate. From The Federalist:
During her hour-long interview last week of Attorney General William Barr, “CBS This Morning” journalist Jan Crawford focused mainly on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump. She also, however, questioned Barr on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to ensure that Russian attempts to interfere in our elections are not repeated in 2020.
This revealed the attorney general is probing a second scandal of the Obama administration related to the 2016 presidential election. Or it would be regarded as a second scandal if it garnered more attention: Why the Obama administration failed to forcefully respond to intelligence of Russian interference in our elections.
The DOJ has “an increasingly robust program that is focusing on foreign influence in our election process, with the FBI obviously taking the lead,” Barr told Crawford. But not enough was done in 2016, Barr acknowledged.
“Bob Mueller did some impressive work in his investigation, you know, identifying some of the Russian hackers and their influence campaign and you sort of wonder if that kind of work had been done starting in 2016, things could have been a lot different,” he said. Crawford replied, “It’s just hard to understand why it wasn’t taken more seriously.” Barr agreed, saying he had no idea why it wasn’t. “That’s one of the things I’m interested in looking at as part of my review of the Russia collusion investigation,” Barr stressed.
With people warned as early as April 2016, “I’m wondering what, exactly, was the response to it if they were alarmed. Surely the response should have been more than just, you know, dangling a confidential informant in front of a peripheral player in the Trump campaign,” the attorney general told Crawford before she moved to another topic.
On further analysis, it becomes clear that Barr’s remarks hold more significance than the brief mention Crawford’s interview. First, Friday’s interview is not the only time the attorney general raised the issue of the Obama administration’s failure to launch a robust response to Russian attempts to interfere in our election. Barr also raised the issue last month when testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
During those hearings, Sen. John Cornyn (D–Texas) noted that Mueller’s report “accumulated evidence indicating that the Russian government—through intelligence agencies and internet research organizations, such as the IRA—began as early as 2014 to undermine and sew dissension in the 2016 presidential elections.”
In response to questions concerning his efforts to protect the country from a repeat in 2020, Barr commended Mueller’s efforts—“impressive work,” he called it—”in moving quickly to identify and address the Russian elements involved in the election interference.” The attorney general then added: “I was thinking to myself if that had been done in the beginning of 2016, we would have been a lot further along.”
Barr’s comments also should not be considered in isolation. When considered in tandem with several aspects of the Spygate investigation, it suggests the Obama administration habitually ignored Russia’s efforts to affect the election, opting instead to target Trump and the Trump campaign, transition team, and administration.
Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee highlights one such example: The attorney general confirmed his understanding that the Obama administration had failed to provide Trump a defensive briefing before January 2017, to inform him of “what the Russians were trying to do and [to] advise him to tell people affiliated with his campaign to be on their guard and vigilant about Russians efforts to undermine public confidence in the election.”
“I can’t fathom why it did not happen, if you’re concerned about interference in the election,” Barr told the senators. With three former U.S. attorneys involved in the campaign, “I don’t understand why the bureau would not have given a defensive briefing,” the attorney general testified