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Barr disagrees with Horowitz report on Russia probe launch

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Attorney General William Barr publicly disagreed with the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, on Monday following the release of a long-awaited internal review that concluded the FBI had sufficient reason to launch the extensive Russia probe involving the Trump campaign, although members of the bureau committed some significant errors.

In a statement, Barr shared Trump’s views that the initial investigation was invasive and launched on the “thinnest of suspicions.”

“The inspector general’s report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken,” Barr said in a statement.

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“It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory,” he continued. “Nevertheless, the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump’s administration.”

Trump spent the majority of the investigation blasting the FBI and accusing bureau leaders of conspiring to ruin his presidency. Former FBI bosses James Comey and Andrew McCabe did not act with political bias, the IG found.

U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, whom Barr appointed to run a separate investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, backed his attorney general.

“Based on the evidence collected to date, and while our investigation is ongoing, last month we advised the Inspector General that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the FBI case was opened,” Durham said in a statement.

The IG found no intentional misconduct or bias surrounding the probe’s launch or efforts to seek a highly controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early months of the Russia investigation.

Barr disagreed, saying the FBI misled the FISA court in a “rush to obtain and maintain FISA surveillance of Trump campaign associates.”

He continued, “FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source.”

The report faulted the FBI over errors in the application process. The IG investigation found at least 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the Page applications and said a new audit into the FISA process would take place.

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Horowitz and investigators were critical of the FBI’s handling of the case, including for failing to share information that could have contradicted allegations in the FISA applications.

“[T]he Crossfire Hurricane team failed to inform department officials of significant information that was available to the team at the time that the FISA applications were drafted and filed,” the report said.

Barr said the FISA report showed a clear abuse of the surveillance process.

“While most of the misconduct identified by the inspector general was committed in 2016 and 2017 by a small group of now-former FBI officials, the malfeasance and misfeasance detailed in the inspector general’s report reflects a clear abuse of the FISA process,” the attorney general added.

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“FBI officials misled the FISA court, omitted critical exculpatory facts from their filings, and suppressed or ignored information negating the reliability of their principal source,” he added. “The inspector general found the explanations given for these actions unsatisfactory.”

The release of the IG report came as Democrats have been leading an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas, Ronn Blitzer and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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Attorney General Barr accuses the left of systemic ‘sabotage’ of Trump administration

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Attorney General Bill Barr accused congressional Democrats Friday of “using every tool” to “sabotage” the Trump administration by setting a “dangerous” precedent in implying that the government is illegitimate.

During a speech at the Federalist Society’s dinner in Washington, Barr took aim at the “resistance,” accusing liberal lawmakers of attacking the very foundations of the Constitution.

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“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he began. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”

Barr said the “avalanche of subpoenas” and constant attempt to derail appointments by the Trump administration have only served to “incapacitate” the executive branch.

“Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration.”

“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.

Bar likened the language used by Trump’s opponents to that of groups who attempt to overthrow militant rule of seized governments.

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“Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”

He continued: “They essentially see themselves engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”

Barr claimed that while Trump’s presidency falls outside the norm of previous administrations, he was elected with the public fully aware of this.

“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president.”

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Barr’s comments came on the same as Congress held a second public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: There’s no basis for Barr to recuse himself over Ukraine

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Here’s a question: If Sen. Dianne Feinstein didn’t recuse herself from the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, why should anyone ever be recused from anything?

Feinstein is in the news, making the characteristically hyperpartisan and frivolous claim (on Twitter) that Attorney General William Barr should recuse himself from matters related to Ukraine because of concerns about his role in President Trump’s efforts to damage a political opponent and undermine the Russia investigation.

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Feinstein says she is speaking for Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, all of whom have signed a letter to the AG.

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There is no basis for Barr to recuse himself.

First, before we ever get to the law, the Democrats’ claim is factually vacant. The AG has no role in President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Barr did not ask the president to intercede with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky for the purpose of seeking assistance with the ongoing Durham probe of the Russia investigation. Despite the president’s reference to Barr in the July 25 Zelensky phone call, Barr did not communicate with Trump about Ukraine before the call. Barr did not follow up with the Ukrainians, nor did he discuss Ukraine with the president or the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

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Comey confident Barr’s findings on him, Russia investigation will restore confidence in DOJ

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Former FBI Director James Comey called on the Justice Department to offer more transparency in the probe into the Russia investigation and indicated that the attorney general’s findings would show no wrongdoing on his and his team’s part.

“I’m not worried about a single thing in connection with any of the matters under investigation,” he said at Politicon on Saturday. “Gather the facts, write a report, and share it with the American people — please do that.”

Comey said transparency would help protect the integrity of the Justice Department.

“The way to protect that is [to] show the folks the facts; lay it out,” he said. “Don’t drip it out, don’t leak it out. Give it out. And I’m confident that when the American people see the picture of why we did what we did, their confidence in the institution will be maintained, restored and protected.”

His comments came amid news that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s probe has transitioned into a criminal investigation. Durham was chosen by Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the Russia investigation, which President Trump has called a “witch hunt.”

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Comey declined to make any definitive statements about the potential criminal inquiry, indicating that anonymous sources weren’t always reliable.

He also said Durham should try to be as transparent as possible to protect his reputation.

“John Durham is someone who has a strong professional reputation, someone I’ve for years thought was an excellent prosecutor,” Comey said. “I can’t tell what’s going on with the attorney general. I would hope that Mr. Durham will do everything possible to protect his reputation from being damaged by those in leadership, and the most important way he can do that is [to] give us transparency.”

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In his report on the Russia investigation, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was unable to conclude that Trump either conspired with the Russians or should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.

Comey speculated, however, that Mueller thought his report would result in an impeachment inquiry — something Comey said was a congressional duty after details surfaced on Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine.

He said he didn’t understand how members of Congress could avoid the impeachment inquiry and still think they were fulfilling their oath of office.

MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, who was moderating the event on Saturday, asked Comey whether he thought the transcript of Trump’s call was enough to impeach him.

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Comey said it could be, but acknowledged that he wasn’t privy to all the information that might lead to an accurate accusation.

The former FBI director also praised Mueller but argued that he should have been more transparent with the American people rather than initially give his report to Barr.

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Jeremy Dys: Religious freedom courageously defended by AG William Barr against militant secularists

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Attorney General William Barr delivered one of the most exceptional speeches in modern memory at the University of Notre Dame recently. Judging from his detractors, it seems his remarks landed heaviest on those mystified by the idea of religious neutrality.

Barr began his remarks by noting that his office not only defends the free exercise of religion, but also guards against “states misapplying the Establishment Clause in a way that discriminates against people of faith.”

He invoked the words of the Founding Fathers to demonstrate that the authors of the Constitution believed that a moral standard was essential to the success of a self-governed people. Indeed, the Framers feared the loss of a common moral restraint on human will.

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Or, as Barr put it: “No society can exist without some means for restraining individual rapacity.”

Abandon a common moral restraint and a formerly self-governed people will turn to either tyranny to forcefully apply such restraints, or licentiousness to unbridle any restraint in pursuit of individualism. Thus Barr laments the modern replacement of the Judeo-Christian moral system with an activated secular creed.

Paul Krugman lambasted Barr in The New York Times for even giving the speech, noting that Barr sounded “remarkably like America’s most unhinged religious zealots” who commit “mass murder because schools teach the theory of evolution.” 

It is “not decay” that plagues our modern society, Barr argued, but “organized destruction.”

“Secularists and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force” of the modern era “in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values,” he said.

So much so, Barr observed, that this “secular project has itself become a religion,” with all the zeal and accouterments of religion, “including inquisitions and excommunication.”

Thus Barr laments the modern replacement of the Judeo-Christian moral system with an activated secular creed.

While the conscientiously defiant may not burn at the stake, today’s high commissions for non-discrimination fine them, gag their speech or threaten their professional existence.

Whereas the First Amendment welcomes all forms of speech, encouraging better speech to counter disagreeable speech, “militant secularists today do not have a live-and-let-live spirit,” Barr said.

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Not surprisingly, the speech was too much for progressive defenders of secularism.

Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker bluntly described it as “the worst speech by an Attorney General of the United States in modern history.” Catherine Rampell called it “a tacit endorsement of theocracy” in The Washington Post.

Paul Krugman lambasted Barr in The New York Times for even giving the speech, noting that Barr sounded “remarkably like America’s most unhinged religious zealots” who commit “mass murder because schools teach the theory of evolution.”

Evidently, Krugman believes gangs of anti-evolutionists led by Barr roam the country, chanting the mantra “Guns don’t kill people — Darwin kills people!”

Barr’s critics prefer secularized neutrality, which isn’t neutral at all.

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Modern activists — who Barr calls “militant secularists” — are hell-bent on demanding the redefinition of the term to one in which neutrality may only be achieved through forced secularity.

Hence, Barr says, “The problem is not that religion is being forced on others. The problem is that irreligion and secular values are being forced on people of faith.”

It is indisputable that Judeo-Christian values played a significant role in the founding of this nation.

From pilgrims fleeing religious oppression in Europe to James Madison’s outrage over Anglican Virginia jailing Baptist ministers, America’s founding era is replete with efforts to preserve space for people of faith to be people of faith independent of the government’s preferred religion. Such historic toleration is what should rightly be called “neutrality.”

Yet in the march to secularized neutrality, government agencies force Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon to speak a government-approved message or lose their business, Dr. Eric Walsh in Georgia must shed his religiosity in order to qualify for employment, and Christian schools are denied the use of the public loudspeaker to pray before kickoff.

Critics of Barr’s speech would do well to remember the past administration’s efforts to force celibate nuns to purchase birth control. Forced conformance to the government’s ideological position abandons any mask of neutrality.

Firing someone from their government job for something said as a lay minister is hostility toward religion, not neutral toleration of it. Preventing Cambridge Christian School in Tampa, Fla., from pre-football game prayer censors religious speech in preference to government-imposed silence.

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Despite their protestations, militant secularists have convinced themselves that forced secularization is the only path to enlightened neutrality. It is not. The genius of the Constitution — what Barr called a “quantum leap in liberty” — is that it guards against hostility masquerading as neutrality.

If anything, Barr’s speech is a critical call for a return to a time when notions of free speech and religious liberty were embraced by the religious and secular alike in pursuit of freedom.

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Mark Levin blasts Democrats, media for attacking Mick Mulvaney: ‘It’s so absurd’

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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said nothing wrong or incriminating during a widely criticized news conference, according to radio host Mark Levin.

The former South Carolina Republican congressman’s exchange with the White House press corps was just the latest example of the media defending Democrats in trying to push a Trump-Ukraine narrative, Levin claimed Thursday on “The Mark Levin Show” on Westwood One.

“Of course the media and the Democrats are seizing on something he said,” Levin said. “Every day, it’s something else to prove there was a quid pro quo. It’s so absurd.”

“Of course the media and the Democrats are seizing on something [Mulvaney] said. Every day, it’s something else to prove there was a quid pro quo. It’s so absurd.”

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Levin then played clips of reporters grilling Mulvaney over President Trump and Ukraine.

Levin, who also hosts Fox News’ “Life, Liberty & Levin,” later said Mulvaney was trying to explain that Trump was simply asking Ukraine to investigate potential wrongdoing during the 2016 U.S. presidential election — and not probe any alleged wrongdoing by former Vice President Joe Biden or his son Hunter Biden.

“There’s an investigation going on, going back to 2016 and even before,” Levin said, “by a U.S. attorney and by the attorney general, looking into the early aspects of the phony Russia collusion issue and Ukraine — and that’s what [Mulvaney was] talking about — not Biden.”

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“And, [Mulvaney] is saying to this reporter, who’s not really getting it, ‘The president can’t say to another country, we want you to cooperate with this investigation? It’s done all the time.’

“There is an investigation going on with the Department of Justice, we all know this — Bill Barr announced it,” Levin later added.

He said Trump would like the Ukrainian government as well as officials in Italy and Australia to cooperate with Attorney General Barr and Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham, the man Barr appointed to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation.

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“Why is this a scandal? Why is this a problem? It’s not,” Levin said. “Why are the media so defensive of the Democrats and the Democratic Party? Why aren’t they calling for a special counsel to investigate it like they did with Russia and Trump?”

The constitutional attorney continued, explaining that Mulvaney was referencing a May meeting at which Trump questioned why the U.S. should give funds to Ukraine, alleging the country has a history of governmental corruption.

Trump was also concerned that European countries were not offering any assistance on that front, Levin added.

“There is nothing wrong with any of this — nothing,” he said, claiming Joe Biden’s name did not come up in the May meeting.

“They’re not even listening,” he said of the reporters questioning Mulvaney.

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AG Barr blasts ‘militant secularists’ in speech on religious freedom

Attorney General William Barr blasted “militant secularists” and their attacks on Judeo-Christian values in a blistering speech at Notre Dame Friday, saying “religion has been under increasing attack” over the past five decades.

Barr, a devout Catholic, told students and faculty at the university’s law school that “the problem is not that religion is being forced on others, the problem is that irreligion is being forced — secular values are being forced on people of faith.”

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“Among the militant secularists are many so-called progressives,” he said. “But where is the progress? We are told we are living in a post-Christian era, but what has replaced the Judeo-Christian moral system? What is it that can fill the spiritual void in the hearts of the individual person? And what is the system of values that can sustain human social life?”

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United States Attorney General William P. Barr speaks to Notre Dame Law School students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, inside Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barr contends that many of society’s ills are caused because of the breakdown of religion in society.

“This is not decay,” he said. “This is organized destruction. Secular forces and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia, in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

Barr said “ground zero” for the attacks is the schools, pointing to New Jersey’s passage of a law requiring public schools to adopt LGBT curriculum.

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United States Attorney General William P. Barr speaks to Notre Dame Law School students and faculty on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, inside Notre Dame’s Eck Hall of Law in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Barr said the Trump administration “firmly supports” religious freedom. Then he made a promise to those in attendance.

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“I can assure you that as long as I am attorney general, the Department of Justice will be at the forefront of this effort, ready to fight for the most cherished of all American liberties: the freedom to live according to our faith,” he concluded.

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George Papadopoulos claims other nations had ‘vested interest’ against Trump’s ‘America First’ platform in 2016

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Former Trump 2016 campaign adviser George Papadopoulos claimed Monday several nations, including U.S. allies, had a “vested interest” against the then-candidate’s 2016 platform.

Papadopoulos praised Attorney General William Barr and federal prosecutor John Durham for engaging with Australian, British and Italian officials, in an interview with Martha MacCallum on “The Story.”

“Bill Barr and John Durham are not on a wild goose chase,” he claimed. “These countries were willfully complicit in what I believe was an international conspiracy to undermine the Donald Trump campaign, and to assure that if he was elected president that he would be handcuffed because they had a vested interest in assuring that his America First policies would not be the ones that would be implemented.”

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Last year, Papadopoulos served 12 days in prison in connection with then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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He had pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal prosecutors and spent those nearly-two-weeks in a Wisconsin facility.

Speaking with MacCallum, Papadopoulos appeared to nod to the events during the campaign that led to the Mueller team focusing on him.

“I lived it,” he said. “I spoke to these diplomats and I know what they wanted.”

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He also reacted to former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi reportedly threatening to sue him for $1 million.

Papadopoulos noted Renzi was in office during Trump’s campaign and claimed the ex-politician went “on a rant about the president and then says he wants to sue me.”

“I welcome discovery in any lawsuit.”

Barr sparked criticism in multiple countries in recent days, as he seeks assistance in studying the Russia investigation’s origins, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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A Justice Department official told Fox News on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr asked President Trump to make introductions to foreign countries that might have had information pertinent to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into possible misconduct by the intelligence community at the outset of the Russia investigation.

But, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News it would be wrong to say Trump “pressed” the Australian prime minister for information that could have discredited Mueller’s now-completed probe, as The New York Times reported earlier Monday.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Hillary Clinton offers advice to any Trump appointees implicated in impeachment probe: ‘Tell the truth’

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Hillary Clinton offered some advice Wednesday to high-ranking U.S. officials if they find themselves implicated in the Trump impeachment inquiry: “Tell the truth.”

Clinton was responding to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who suggested that figures such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and Vice President Mike Pence could find themselves swept up in any accusations that Democrats in Congress make against the president — just as Nixon administration officials were linked to the Watergate scandal.

“Well, I think what many in the Nixon White House and administration concluded was the right thing to do was tell the truth. Tell the truth,” Clinton said. “And that would be advice that should be given to anybody caught up in this [Trump inquiry]. Because it’s clear that the president has made a series of decisions to benefit himself and his political fortune at the expense of other matters in our government and the people you point to are certainly aware of that.”

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Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 under former President Barack Obama, expressed hope that Republican lawmakers will “start thinking about putting country over party” instead of letting Trump “run roughshod over our Constitution, over the separation of powers, over checks and balances, over the rule of law,” which she added, “makes no sense to me.”

“It is truly distressing to see people who are in our government, using it for ideological and personal and power-related partisan interest over above the best interest of our country,” Clinton said.

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Many Republicans would argue that Clinton has her own affairs to worry about, primarily a federal investigation into her mishandling of classified information with regard to State Department emails.

The Washington Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, recently reported that as many as 130 current and former officials whose emails found their way into Clinton’s inbox have been contacted by investigators in recent months.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and Morgan Phillips contributed to this story.

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Lindsey Graham asks three countries to cooperate with AG’s probe of 2016 election interference

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has called on three other countries to cooperate with U.S. Attorney General William Barr as he investigates the extent of foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday.

Graham, who chairs the committee, sent a letter to U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging their “continued cooperation with Attorney General Barr as the Department of Justice continues to investigate the origins and extent of foreign influence in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”

Earlier this week Graham criticized a New York Times report that said President Trump “pressed” Morrison for information to try and discredit former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the election, which he concluded in March after nearly two years.

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“This New York Times article about Barr talking to Australia is the beginning of an effort to shut down Barr’s investigation to find out how this whole thing started,” Graham said on “Hannity” on Monday.

Barr asked Trump to make introductions to foreign countries that might have information relating to Attorney General John Durham’s ongoing investigation into possible misconduct by the intelligence community when the Russia probe began in May 2017, a Justice Department official told Fox News on Monday.

However, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News it would be wrong to say he “pressed” Morrison for information that might have discredited the Russia probe.

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Graham said Wednesday that Barr was within his boundaries in speaking with the prime ministers so that he could do his job properly.

“That the attorney general is holding meetings with your countries to aid in the Justice Department’s investigation of what happened is well within the bounds of his normal activities,” Graham wrote. “He is simply doing his job.”

Plus, the countries “routinely exchange law enforcement information with each other to assist in the course of investigations,” the senator said.

Graham pointed out a “deeply flawed dossier filled with hearsay and written by a biased, former United Kingdom intelligence officer,” as well as both Italian and Australian figures with ties to former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

“So here’s what I want American people to know,” Graham said Monday. “It’s OK to cooperate with Mueller to get Trump, but it’s not OK to cooperate with Barr to find out if Trump was the victim of an out-of-control intelligence operation,” adding, “We’re not going to have a country like that.”

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Fox News’ Victor Garcia, Jake Gibson and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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