British government officials were described as stunned by the request from Trump and Barr for them to do a hatchet job on the US intelligence community.
Trump and Barr have also been asking other foreign governments for help in investigating the FBI, CIA and Mueller investigators. The US president has called on the Australian prime minister Scott Morrison for assistance, while the attorney general has been on similar missions to the UK and Italy.
And the information being requested has left allies astonished. One British official with knowledge of Barr’s wish list presented to London commented that “it is like nothing we have come across before, they are basically asking, in quite robust terms, for help in doing a hatchet job on their own intelligence services”.
Trump and Barr are going around the world and asking foreign governments to attack the United States intelligence community for them. Trump and his attorney general are looking for dirt that they can use to discredit the Russia investigation, and also validate the far-right conspiracy that Ukraine was behind the 2016 election attack.
It all ties back to Ukraine. If Trump can find some way to boost the discredited Ukraine conspiracy theory, he not only would get his pal Putin off the hook, but it would give him another tactic to use to try to get the Ukrainians to investigate Joe Biden.
Trump is trying to discredit the intelligence community of his own country. The president appears to be trying to make sure that he can’t be investigated for any 2020 election crimes.
William Barr is making a solid case for being named the most corrupt attorney general in US history, and here is hoping that for the good of democracy, US allies tell Trump and Barr to go kick sand.
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