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Former Attorney General Bill Barr believes John Durham has uncovered ‘seditious’ actions against Trump in his Russia probe as jury resumes deliberations in trial of Clinton lawyer accused of lying to the FBI
- Barr made the comments to conservative host Glenn Beck
- ‘The whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice,’ Barr said
- ‘I believe it is seditious, yes,’ Barr said
- Barr’s memoir blasts Trump for his 2020 election overturn effort
- Jury deliberations continued Tuesday for lawyer Michael Sussmann
- He is accused of lying to the FBI over his work for Clinton campaign
Former Attorney General Bill Barr called the Russia probe a ‘dirty’ trick and says there was ‘seditious activity’ in explosive new comments while promoting a memoir where he writes that Trump ‘cared only about one thing: himself’ during the 2020 election overturn effort.
As he did in the book, Barr ripped the Russia probe in a new interview with conservative talk host Glenn Beck on his podcast.
‘I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It was a – it appears to be a dirty political trick that was used first to hobble him and then potentially to drive him from office,’ Barr told the host.
Beck then alluded to the Constitution’s treatment of treason – which it defubes as levying war against the US and providing aid and comfort to its enemies, punishable by death.
‘The whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice,’ said former Attorney General Bill Barr, who said the conduct was ‘seditious’
‘I hate the word treason because it’s the only thing in the Constitution and it has a punishment tied to it. But is it at least seditious to do something like this?’ Beck asked his guest.
‘I believe it is seditious, yes,’ Barr responded.
But then he appeared to indicate he was not using the word in a literal sense. ‘Whether that can be proved in court as a crime is one issue. But I think people are now coming to see what actually happened,’ Barr added.
The interview came amid the trial of Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his work for the Hillary Clinton campaign when he brought information to a top FBI official about an alleged link between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank.
Host Glenn Beck said he hated to use the word ‘treason’ but asked if the conduct was ‘seditious’
A jury is deliberating on the trial of Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann, who is accused of lying to the FBI
Barr appointed special counsel John Durham during the Trump administration
The tip proved to be inaccurate.
Jury deliberations in the case, which began before the Memorial Day weekend, resume on Tuesday.
Prosecutors argued Sussmann ‘concealed’ his ties when he brought the information about Alfabank.
Defense Attorney Sean Berkowitz accused Durham, who was appointed by Barr during the Trump Administration to probe alleged FBI misconduct, of picking evidence to fit a narrative.
‘Opposition research is not illegal,’ Berkowitz said in closing arguments. ‘If it were, the jails of Washington, DC, would be teeming over.’
Barr is continuing to promote his book, One Damn Thing After Another, where he defends his own conduct in the handling of the Mueller probe, even while he bashes Trump for his later election overturn effort and states flatly that ‘the election was not “stolen.”‘
He wrote of Trump after the 2020 election: ‘He was beyond restraint. He would only listen to a few sycophants who told him what he wanted to hear. Reasoning with him was hopeless.’
Beck said of Barr’s book, ‘I think this is the best title of any book that can be written today.’ Before he sat down with Barr, he touted eye glasses he said were made by a ‘conservative company’ despite using progressive lenses.
‘I don’t have a problem at all,’ Beck said after putting them on.