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Bill Barr asked Italian officials to discredit Russia probe — they responded with evidence linking Trump to crimes

A new report from the New York Times details how former Attorney General Bill Barr's efforts to discredit the probe into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian agents completely floundered.

One particularly telling section of the Times' story involves a trip that Barr made to Italy in order to push officials in that country for evidence that the Russia investigation was part of an elaborate setup designed to damage former President Donald Trump politically.

The Italian officials responded by offering evidence of wrongdoing of a very different sort.

"Italian officials... unexpectedly offered a potentially explosive tip linking Mr. Trump to certain suspected financial crimes," the Times reports. "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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by Anonymousreply 5January 26, 2023 9:20 PM

Even Italy is less corrupt than the USA in 2023. Sad state of affairs.

by Anonymousreply 1January 26, 2023 7:56 PM

R1 THIS. Probably less racist at this point as well.👆

by Anonymousreply 2January 26, 2023 8:47 PM

And yet, the traitors will get off scot-free

by Anonymousreply 3January 26, 2023 8:53 PM

Bill Barr is on a TV talk show rehabilitation tour promoting his new book.

He's trying to change everyone's memories of his time at DOJ. He stood up to Trump and fascism, apparently.

by Anonymousreply 4January 26, 2023 9:20 PM

This is the full NYTimes story. It’s not short, but it’s a must-read. It shows how superficially rational, well-educated people, totally went off the rails, subverting justice, in service of Trump.

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