Exclusive: Bill Barr rips Russiagate as 'seditious', explains origins of Durham probe


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Bill Barr, former U.S. attorney general and author of the new book, "One Damn Thing After Another: Memoirs of an Attorney General," says that the Russian collusion allegations leveled against former President Donald Trump by Democrats were a "seditious" attempt to undermine his presidency and a "grave injustice."

Barr made those comments on an upcoming episode of BlazeTV host Glenn Beck's podcast, where he explained why he joined the Trump administration and eventually appointed special prosecutor John Durham to investigate the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia probe.

"I thought we were heading into a constitutional crisis. I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. 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 Beck.

"I believe it is seditious," he added, clarifying that whether that could be proved in court as a crime is another issue.

"It was a gross injustice, and it hurt the United States in many ways, including what we're seeing in Ukraine these days. It distorted our foreign policy, and so forth," Barr said.

An FBI investigation into Trump's campaign over alleged ties to the Russian government during the 2016 election, known as Crossfire Hurricane, was the source of unceasing controversy for Trump throughout his presidency. Leaks from the investigation were used by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign to accuse Trump of colluding with the Russians to interfere in the election, spawning conspiracy theories that his victory was illegitimate. After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017, congressional Democrats accused him of attempting to obstruct the Russia probe, demanding the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's actions.



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