Attorney General William Barr is looking into the murky origins of the politically-charged Justice Department investigations that roiled American public life for the last three years.
Just how did the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign get started? What led the FBI to look into whether President Trump was working on behalf of Russia? Why did the Justice Department use an ancient, never-enforced law as a pretext to interrogate then-national security adviser Michael Flynn, leading to one of the most troubling court cases in recent years? And more.
The article goes on to state the following:
Each investigation involved highly publicized leaks that led to many headlines and endless discussion on cable TV. Anti-Trump voices stood firmly in support of more and more detailed inquiries of the president and his allies.
York points out that while Barr investigates the origins of “Crossfire Hurricane,” some people are are no longer convinced about the “value of investigations.
“The power to investigate is the power to destroy,” said former U.S. attorney Gregory Brower, according to the Washington Post, York points out. “The ability to simply point to a pending investigation against a person can have devastating effects on that person and can have a potential political benefit to the person orchestrating the investigation.”
NBC’s Chuck Todd also expressed concern the Justice Department is going after Trump’s “enemies” to “exact revenge” while CNN’s Anderson Cooper worried that the president is “weaponizing the Department of Justice.”
“Not to be too blunt about it, but where were these voices the last three years?” asks York.
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