President Donald Trump insinuated Oct. 8 that Attorney General William Barr has more than enough proof to indict members of former President Barack Obama’s administration for spying on the Trump campaign in 2016 – including Obama himself and former Vice President Joe Biden. Speaking to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo, Trump said the Obama administration officials involved in the 2016 espionage “should be indicted” for their role in “the greatest political crime in the history of our country.”
Trump told Bartiromo the Department of Justice (DOJ) had “everything” that proved the link between Obama officials and the spying on his campaign. When the DOJ prepared additional evidence, the president told Barr that “we got plenty, you don’t need anymore.”
Among others, Trump mentioned a 78-page report made by former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey instructing the bureau to “go get Trump.” Inspector General Michael Horowitz cited Comey’s report as evidence of illegal espionage and recommended prosecution.
The president warned that Barr’s reputation is on the line depending on his next move.
“Unless Barr indicts these people for their crimes … we’re going to get a little satisfaction,” he said. “To be honest, Barr’s gonna go down either as the greatest attorney general in the history of the country or he’s gonna go down as a very sad, sad, situation.”
Trump added that the Justice Department head already had “all the information he needs” – which means that he no longer has any excuse not to prosecute anyone involved in the spying. (Related: Trump gives Barr ultimatum: Arrest Obama, Biden and Clinton or find yourself in a ‘sad situation.’)
Barr has told top Republicans in private that the results of the DOJ’s criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI probe, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane, will not be released before the election. The DOJ investigation on Crossfire Hurricane led by U.S. Attorney John Durham commenced last year, and has resulted in one indictment as of writing.
Trump resumed his presidential duties as soon as he was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Oct. 6 following a short bout of COVID-19. A day before, he requested White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to start declassifying more documents of the Obama administration’s espionage – following some of the requests that California Rep. Devin Nunes and others have made.
Trump tweeted Oct. 7 in relation to the move to declassify spy records: “I have fully authorized the total declassification of any and all documents pertaining to the single greatest political crime in American history, the Russia hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton email scandal. No redactions!”
The announcement came after Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memo addressed to Comey and former FBI Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok. The documents informed the two former officials about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan “concerning … Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections” to distract the public from her use of a private email server.
In addition to the memo, Ratcliffe also declassified notes by former CIA Director John Brennan – proving that he was aware of the allegations. The note by Brennan read: “Cite alleged approval by Hillary Clinton on proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”
Referring to his rival for the presidency in 2016, Trump said: “I’ve never seen such liars … worse than Crooked Hillary, she was worse in other ways … when she deleted 33,000 emails illegally and she should be indicted for that.”
The president added that he would “get involved” with prosecuting Clinton despite his prior statement that he wasn’t going to be. His 2016 campaign included a vow to “lock her up,” even warning that she would “be in jail” during the presidential debates that year.
A number of documents have been presented to Barr as evidence. The question now is this: Will there be any indictments at all or will the Deep State swamp monsters go free?