A bombshell new report from the New York Times broke this week and exposed rather explosive new details regarding how now-former Trump era US Attorney General Bill Barr inadvertently uncovered and exposed particularly damning evidence against his own “boss,” ironically enough through his efforts to discredit the probe into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian agents.
The Times’ report specifically centers on one trip Bill Barr made to Italy, where he attempted to push officials in the country, face to face, into giving him evidence that would prove that the Russia probe was one leg of an elaborate scheme to damage and discredit now-former President Donald Trump on the political scene.
However, what the Italian officials actually offered Barr, in the end, was not only an entirely different story of corruption and wrongdoing, it was absolutely damning for President Trump.
The NYT report reads:
Italian officials… unexpectedly offered a potentially explosive tip linking Mr. Trump to certain suspected financial crimes. Mr. Barr and [former special counsel John] Durham decided that the tip was too serious and credible to ignore. But rather than assign it to another prosecutor, Mr. Barr had Mr. Durham investigate the matter himself.”
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Ultimately, Durham never actually pursued charges against the now ex-president based on the damning tip from Italian officials, and it remains unclear just how deeply the special counsel actually looked into the purported evidence of Donald Trump’s alleged financial crimes.
As we’re all well aware, Durham’s probe into the Trump-Russia collusion investigation ultimately ended in a pathetic fizzle just last year, after he lost case after case after pathetic case against former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann as well as Russia analyst Igor Danchenko— both of whom he accused of lying to the FBI, but of course, could never quite actually prove.
Read the full report from the New York Times here.
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