“It’s not the dystopic future anymore, we’re living through it.”
Rachel Maddow warned on her MSNBC show Monday that Attorney General William Barr’s appointment of a federal prosecutor to examine the foundations of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation spelled catastrophe for the American republic.
“This whole idea that the president is going to demand investigations of the investigators, demand investigations of his political enemies, it’s not the dystopic future anymore, we’re living through it,” Maddow averred while speaking to fellow MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell.
The top-rated pundit referenced other investigations that target the origins of the Russia probe, specifically regarding FBI surveillance of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is looking into the agency’s use of wiretaps and whether its decisions were politically motivated by bias against then-candidate Trump, The New York Times reported.
Barr appointed Durham, a U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to examine whether the FBI’s surveillance of Trump’s Campaign in 2016 was “lawful and appropriate,” The Associated Press reported Monday. Durham is also tasked with examining the basis of the Russia investigation, a source told the AP.
U.S. attorney John Huber has also been assigned to examine parts of the Russia investigation.
“Meanwhile, we have no idea what the results were of that investigation,” Maddow complained, referring to the Russia investigation. “We have no idea what the findings were of the counterintelligence investigation into Russia and its potential links with the Trump campaign.”
“None of that ended up in Mueller’s report,” she said.
Maddow was a leading proponent of Trump-Russia conspiracy theories until Barr last month released a lightly redacted version of the Mueller report. The special counsel failed to find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and Barr said the report did not prove the president had obstructed justice.
However, Maddow has joined Democrats in imagining wrongdoing remains hidden in, or behind, the report. She has condemned Barr for allegedly covering for Trump and cheered on the party’s continuing investigations.
Barr last month testified before a Senate panel that he believed the U.S. government spied on the Trump campaign.
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he said. “I think spying did occur.”
Barr appeared to be alluding to the FBI surveillance warrant on one-time Trump aide Carter Page, as well as the agency’s use of an informant during its investigation into former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos. In early May, a bombshell report in The New York Times revealed the FBI sent an undercover agent to London to Papadopoulos in an attempt to find evidence of Russian collusion.
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