Bill Barr launches new attack on James Comey, saying there is a & # 39; failure of leadership & # 39; was with the FBI – but praises the & # 39; excellent & # 39; professionalism of director Christopher Wray who helps investigate alleged misconduct in the Russian probe
Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that there was a & # 39; failure of leadership & # 39; was at the FBI under director James Comey – and then said there was a & # 39; world of change & # 39; had been under his successor.
Bill built up Christopher Wray and updated the FBI director to help federal prosecutor John Durham in his investigation into alleged FBI misconduct in the Russian investigation. The praise comes when Barr himself has been examined for his international journeys to involve other governments in the investigation.
& # 39; I want to say that one of the reasons that Mr. Durham is able to make the kind of progress he is making is that Director Wray and his team at the FBI have just been excellent in support and responsiveness from Mr. Durham, & # 39; Barr said Fox news in an interview in Chicago, where President Trump gave a speech to police chiefs and then attended fundraising for his campaign at the Chicago hotel he owns.
Attorney General Bill Barr says there was a & # 39; leadership failure at the agency in 2016 and part of 2017 & # 39; at the FBI – but now says that & # 39; steady professionalism & # 39; is under FBI director Christopher Wray
& # 39; As you know, I said before that I felt the agency leadership had failed in 2016 and part of 2017, but since Director Wray and his team took over, there has been a world of change & # 39 ;, he said: the time that Comey served before Trump fired him.
& # 39; I think he is restoring the steady professionalism that has been a feature of the FBI. I very much appreciate his leadership there, & # 39; said Barr.
Barr also rejected the idea that he behaved more like a personal lawyer representing the interests of Trump while staring at charges than as the nation's lawyer. Democrats have destroyed the government because they have frustrated their investigation into accusations.
Former FBI director James Comey said this weekend that Barr should tell the American people what the Department of Justice is investigating
Barr praised FBI director Christopher Wray, who got the job after Trump fired Comey
US President Donald Trump responds after signing an execution order during an appearance at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the expo in Chicago, Illinois, US, October 28, 2019. He is flanked on his left by Barr
Durham and Barr are said to have heard a recording of Joseph Mifsud in Italy – the professor was widely known to have lit the counter espionage probe in Trump campaign officials
Barr visited and called world leaders from around the world in the summer and gathered evidence about how the FBI & # 39; s investigation into Donald Trump's connections with Russia began
& # 39; That is completely wrong and there is no basis for it, and I act on behalf of the United States, & # 39; said Barr.
He called Durham, a prosecutor, & # 39; tough and honest & # 39; and added: & # 39; He is in charge of the investigation, I am not conducting the investigation. & # 39;
Barr started a criminal investigation into his department after allegedly learning about his second trip to Rome this summer, where he reportedly showed Italian authorities the taped statement from the mysterious Maltese professor Josef Mifsud, who according to the Mueller report & # 39; dirty & # 39; on Hillary, Clinton offered to former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos.
John H. Durham, American lawyer for the Connecticut district
Comey said this weekend that Barr should tell the American people what exactly the Department of Justice is investigating.
& # 39; Don't drop it, don't leak it, spend it, & # 39; advised Comey on Saturday at Politicon.
& # 39; I cannot say what is going on with the Attorney General and that investigation, & # 39; Comey said. & # 39; I was deeply concerned about some of the things he asked about using the words & # 39; & # 39; and say that there are things that just don't make sense. And at the time I said that this is not the way professionals work. & # 39;
Comey suggested that there was one where Barr's mother would have stayed.
& # 39; If there is a reason to look at something, shut up and try to collect the facts and share the facts with us. And I still feel that way, & # 39; said Comey. & # 39; I don't know what they are looking at, so I can't really say you shouldn't investigate. & # 39;