Former Attorney General William Barr said he believes special counsel John Durham is uncovering “seditious” activity. He also referred to the probe on Russian interference in the 2016 election as a “dirty” trick.
“I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It was a – it appears to be a dirty political trick that was used first to hobble him and then potentially to drive him from office,” Barr told the host.
Beck then alluded to the Constitution’s treatment of treason – which it defines as levying war against the US and providing aid and comfort to its enemies, punishable by death.
“I hate the word treason because it’s the only thing in the Constitution and it has a punishment tied to it. But is it at least seditious to do something like this?” Beck asked his guest. “I believe it is seditious, yes,” Barr responded.
Barr then appeared to indicate that he was not using the word in a literal sense. “Whether that can be proved in court as a crime is one issue. But I think people are now coming to see what actually happened,” Barr added.
Prosecutors argued Sussmann “concealed” his ties when he brought the information about Alfabank.
Defense Attorney Sean Berkowitz accused Durham, who was appointed by Barr during the Trump Administration to probe alleged FBI misconduct, of picking evidence to fit a narrative.
“Opposition research is not illegal,” Berkowitz said in closing arguments. “If it were, the jails of Washington, DC, would be teeming over.”
Barr is continuing to promote his book, One Damn Thing After Another, where he defends his own conduct in the handling of the Mueller probe, including while he criticizes Trump for his later election overturn effort and states flatly that “the election was not ‘stolen.’”
He wrote of Trump after the 2020 election: “He was beyond restraint. He would only listen to a few sycophants who told him what he wanted to hear. Reasoning with him was hopeless.”
Beck said of Barr’s book, “I think this is the best title of any book that can be written today.” Before he sat down with Barr, he touted eyeglasses he said were made by a “conservative company” despite using progressive lenses. “I don’t have a problem at all,” Beck said after putting them on.
Sussman has since been found not guilty of any wrongdoing.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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