Veteran investigative journalist Carl Bernstein said his sources are telling him that Attorney General William Barr is preparing to push a "deep state" conspiracy ...
Bernstein said Barr is trying to "bring about proof that there is a deep state conspiracy that led to" special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and suggested that this is a story other journalists are chasing. "Barr is trying to deliver — and I have this, as do other reporters from other sources — to deliver evidence that perhaps this has all been a deep state conspiracy just like Donald Trump alleges," he said.
Bernstein appeared to be referencing the Justice Department's review of the origins of the Russia investigation being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, examining whether there was any misconduct by Justice Department and FBI officials.
Barr said in May that Mueller did not assess the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation, which is what he is doing now. "We should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale," he told Fox News.
Democrats have expressed alarm with the DOJ inquiry, particularly after Trump granted Barr broad authority to declassify information related to the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. For instance, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler called the move part of a "plot to dirty up the intelligence community, to pretend that there's something wrong with the beginning of the Mueller investigation and to persecute and bring into line the intelligence agencies."
I have to wonder whether a major reason that Dems are so scared of Barr is that they suspect he may be the one guy who won't be stopped from following the investigation wherever it goes. Including into the legislative branch.
UPDATE: As if on cue--Pelosi speaking to Mika and Joe-boy: Pelosi Attacks AG Bill Barr – Accuses Him of ‘Going Rogue’ and Committing ‘Cover Up’ For Trump:
Speaker Pelosi says on AG Barr: "He's gone rogue ... I think where they are going is the cover up of the cover up, and that's very really sad for them. To have a Justice Department go so rogue ... now it just makes matters worse."
4:50 AM - 27 Sep 2019
The President dragged the Attorney General into this mess. At a minimum, AG Barr must recuse himself until we get to the bottom of this matter.
7:39 AM - 25 Sep 2019
Barr scares them witless.
I should probably add here that I won't speculate regarding the reports that AG Barr has spent several days in Italy on official business. It could be this, it could be that, I could have hopes that it has to do with the Russia Hoax, but I haven't seen anything beyond speculation so far.