The New York Times claimed that President Trump “pressed” the Australian Prime Minister for information that would discredit Robert Mueller’s ‘investigation’ into supposed collusion with Russia. Although the American public now knows that the real collusion to interfere with the presidential election was conducted by camp Hillary and Obama, they Times implied that the president was acting outside his scope as the executive leader of the nation.
However, that is completely untrue. And Senator Lindsey Graham blasted the story when he appeared on “Hannity” Monday evening.
In fact, a letter was sent OFFERING to help with the investigation into the illegal and shady origins of the so-called Russia probe.
“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” Monday.
A Justice Department official told Fox News on Monday that Barr asked 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.
He also said he would write a letter to those three countries asking them to cooperate with Barr and cited a letter his colleagues sent to Ukraine last year asking them to cooperate with Mueller or the U.S. would stop sending aid.
“So here’s what I want American people to know: 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,” Graham said. “We’re not going to have a country like that.”
The senator told host Sean Hannity it “bothered him” that “the left” would say it was wrong for Barr to talk with other countries.
“This New York Times article is an effort to stop Barr from looking at how this whole thing began in 2016 regarding the Trump campaign,” Graham said. “What are they afraid of?”
Later, the Daily Wire exposed the letter that was sent to Barr from the Australian Ambassador:
A letter emerged late on Monday from the Australian government that directly disputed the accuracy of a New York Times report that claimed that President Donald Trump “pushed” Australia to help Attorney General William Barr investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation in an attempt to “discredit” the investigation in what the Times claimed was an example of Trump “using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.”
The letter, reported by Nine News Australia’s Kerrie Yaxley, is dated May 28, 2019, from Australian Ambassador Joe Hockey to Barr, and states:
Dear Attorney General,
I refer to President Trump’s announcement on 24 May that you will investigate the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigations probe into Russian links to the 2016 US election.
I note that the President referred to Australia, the United Kingdom and the Ukraine as potential stakeholders. Moreover, I note that he has declassified intelligence material to support your investigation.
The Australian Government will use its best endeavors to support your efforts in this matter. While Australia’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, The Hon. Alexander Downer, is no longer employed by the government, we stand ready to provide you with all the relevant information to support your inquiries.
The Acting White House Chief of Staff, The Honorable Michael Mulvaney, has been copied on this letter.
The Hon Joe Hockey
The development comes after The New York Times tried to suggest that it was a scandal for Trump to ask for Australia to cooperate with an ongoing Department of Justice (DOJ) into the origins of the Russia investigation.
Shortly after The Times’ report was published, a source at the DOJ pushed back on it, telling Fox News: “The countries have been helpful. There was no pressing required.”
“The president was letting the heads of other countries know that the attorney general would be contacting the appropriate law enforcement entities in each country, according to the DOJ official. When Barr was in Italy last week, he did talk to law enforcement officials there about Durham’s review, Fox News was told,” the network added.
“The DOJ official also stressed that this has been a routine procedure in diplomacy and that Barr would not usually reach out to his direct counterpart in another country unilaterally. Instead, usually there would be an introduction of sorts made at the head-of-state level.”
The flood of new information surrounding the DOJ’s investigation included new reporting from The Washington Post, which sought to cast Barr in a negative light for conducting his job, claiming that he was trying to help Trump “discredit” Mueller’s investigation.
“Barr’s personal involvement is likely to stoke further criticism from Democrats pursuing impeachment that he is helping the Trump administration use executive branch powers to augment investigations aimed primarily at the president’s adversaries,” the Post reported.
“But the high level Justice Department focus on intelligence operatives’ conduct will likely cheer Trump and other conservatives for whom ‘investigate the investigators’ has become a rallying cry. Barr has voiced his own concerns, telling lawmakers in April that he believed ‘spying did occur’ when it came to the U.S. investigation of the Trump campaign.”
The new and relevant information from the Post’s report was the revelation that Barr has been in contact with British intelligence officials and has traveled to Italy as a part of the ongoing investigation.
“Barr has already made overtures to British intelligence officials, and last week the attorney general traveled to Italy, where he and Durham met senior Italian government officials and Barr asked the Italians to assist Durham, according to one person familiar with the matter,” the Post added. “It was not Barr’s first trip to Italy to meet intelligence officials, the person said. The Trump administration has made similar requests of Australia, these people said.”
In May, Trump said of Barr: “And I hope he looks at the U.K., and I hope he looks at Australia, and I hope he looks at Ukraine. I hope he looks at everything because there was a hoax that was perpetrated on our country.”
The DOJ’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe is being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
Basically, liberals demand one set of ‘rules’ for themselves, and another set for everyone else… especially regarding when someone gets to investigate their crime sprees.