As I've said in the past, I had questions about Barr's attitude toward the Special Counsel as an institution--even though he appointed Special Counsels the last time he was AG. So it's not altogether surprising that Paul Sperry is reporting:
I think this is overall very good news. Barr has strong views on "what's been going on" and even went on record with the NYT, back in 2017, that the Hillary investigations seemed to him to be more important than anything to do with Trump:
"Of 10 former attorneys general contacted Tuesday, only one responded to a question about what they would do in Mr. Sessions’s situation.
“There is nothing inherently wrong about a president calling for an investigation,” said William P. Barr, who ran the Justice Department under President George Bush. “Although an investigation shouldn’t be launched just because a president wants it, the ultimate question is whether the matter warrants investigation.”
"Mr. Barr said he sees more basis for investigating the uranium deal than any supposed collusion between Mr. Trump and Russia. “To the extent it is not pursuing these matters, the department is abdicating its responsibility,” he said."
Jack Posobiec is reporting the same, noting that
1) the investigation will look into how the Russia Hoax began;
2) any choice of a Special Counsel would be controversial--so Barr is ready to shoulder it himself;
3) Barr has NO conflicts that would require recusal;
4) Barr knows he can appoint HIS OWN team to investigate and that team would report directly to him;
5) the investigation would "be conducted in parallel" with IG Horowitz's continuing investigation into the FBI handling of the Hillary email case;
6) Horowitz, of course, would also report directly to Barr, which would be an advantage given the intersecting cast of characters in both investigations.
It seems very clear to me that Barr is determined to get to the bottom of the Russia Hoax and intends to be AG in full--he will call the shots. He wants this. Badly.
If you don't think that's good news, pay attention to what Barr told Congress today:
AG Bill Barr: The Office of the Inspector General has a pending investigation of the FISA process in the Russia investigation and I expect that that will be complete sometime in May or June I am told. So hopefully we will have some answers from Inspector General Horowitz on the FISA warrants.
Then, Barr went on to say:
"More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation [that led to the Carter Page FISA] and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation [Crossfire Hurricane] that was conducted during the summer of 2016."
IOW, he's wasting no time, and he's not confining himself to the FISA question. He wants to get his arms around "all the aspects" of Crossfire Hurricane.
He'll also be releasing a color coded, redacted version of the Mueller report next week. Again, Jack Posobiec:
I like that business of "ongoing cases," especially because Barr has obvious plans for ongoing investigations. Anyone, like Schiff and Nadler, who think Barr can be bullied otherwise, is delusional.
Finally, Paul Sperry is teasing this intriguing bit of news:
Some are already speculating that it could be General Flynn, which wouldn't surprise me. However, given the timing, my bet would have to be on Carter Page. Nevertheless, Flynn could come later, but that would have to be coordinated with Judge Sullivan.