RUSH: Folks, this is great. This is very, very good. It was only yesterday right here on this program we were discussing the testimony at the time of the attorney general, William Barr, before a bunch of these inflated ego congressional committees. And Mr. Snerdley asked me a question: “Do you think there will ever actually be an investigation into what happened, into who did this, who was behind this coup to get rid of a president, overturn the presidential elections and do you think that we will ever see results from it?”
And I paused, and I said to Mr. Snerdley, "I do. I think this attorney general, William Barr, is the guy who's going to do it. I think that's why he's there.” And I reminded everybody of the memo that Barr wrote in the middle of the investigation saying that this whole claim that Trump had obstructed, because he fired Comey, was literally baseless.
Less than 24 hours after making those comments the attorney general William Barr has confirmed that he believed the Trump campaign was spied on at least as far back as 2016 and that he has convened, or will convene, an investigation into it. He said that he doesn't think it's the entire FBI that was involved, just some individuals. Well, he knows what went on, this is the bottom line here. He knows. He knows what we know.
Remember, my friends, when Trump said long ago that his wires were tapped at Trump Tower, remember how everybody started mocking Trump and laughing at him? It turns out Trump was right. And shortly after Trump made those comments, they moved the campaign headquarters out of Trump Tower after a tip that the National Security Agency head, Mike Rogers, gave Trump. Mike Rogers at the NSA has never been part of the cabal. He's never been part of the FBI intelligence community attempt to get rid of Trump. He's always stood in the way of it.
As such, that cabal tried to leave Mike Rogers out of the loop. Brennan didn't want Mike Rogers to know what they were doing or was going on. It was shortly after that Mike Rogers gave Trump a tip about the possibility. They packed everything up and moved the essence of the campaign out of Trump Tower when all of this happened.
So this is in the early stages, but, folks, this is something I was confident was gonna happen when Barr was confirmed, some of the things that had said up 'til today. But he let it out today. He was asked point-blank if he thinks there was spying on the campaign. He paused, and he was looking for the right way to say it. He said, no, Senator, there was spying. There was spying.
He knows there was spying. He knows who the spies were. He knows the informants that were implanted into the Trump campaign. The reason this is important, obviously just the idea of getting to the truth, is that the inspector general looking into the FISA abuse can only talk to people who were there at the moment. He can't talk to people who are not there who have been fired or who have resigned. Well, many of the people involved in the FISA abuse are gone and may not even be reachable by the inspector general, so this will pick up the slack.
Let's go to the audio sound bites and -- oh. One thing. Grab sound bite number 26 first. This is a point that I raised several times during the course of this program throughout our constant discussions of this silent coup. Remember when we first got wind of the FBI placing informants in the Trump campaign, Stefan Halper, I remember he was interviewed by Sam Clovis, by the way. Sam Clovis interviewed Halper.
Halper tried to get hired on the Trump foreign policy team. And the way Halper did it, he used to work for Bush 41 and he used to work for Reagan and he tried to leverage that experience. Thank goodness Sam Clovis didn't hire him. But what was supposed to happen, Halper was supposed to get hired, he's already reporting to the FBI, he's working for the FBI as an informant, he would later then be used with the Papadopoulos sting, if you will.
And what was gonna happen was that Halper was gonna then join the Trump foreign policy team. And guess what he was gonna do? He was gonna start talking to Russians. And they were going to create the collusion. They attempted to create the collusion when they couldn't find any.
That's how close we came, it's how despicable this was. And when it was finally revealed, and the FBI themselves admitted that they suspected -- remember Comey, Clapper and these guys were all on television saying they suspected that the Russians had hooks into the Trump campaign, and people started asking, “Did you tell the Trump campaign about this?”
“Well, uh, no, we, uh, we.”
Why not? If you think one of the two presidential campaigns has been infested with a bunch of spies from Russia, why the hell wouldn't you tell them? Well, the answer is obvious: Because they implanted the spies and they were hoping to entrap some people into engaging in conspiratorial collusion and so forth.
And this is the question that Barr raised today. The Drive-Bys, by the way, are beside themselves because they were in on this. You ought to see the solemn faces at MSNBC, CNN today reporting this. Because what the Drive-Bys are gonna have to do now, as this investigation gets underway, they're gonna have to portray themselves as duped. But they weren't duped by anybody. They were active participants in this whole scam.
But you can see the solemn look on their faces this investigation will turn up. They're gonna have to pretend and portray themselves as, “Hey, we trusted our sources. Our sources were telling us there was collusion.” And they know full well there wasn't. They were active participants in this whole scam for this entire hoax.
This happened just a few minutes ago. Barr hilariously -- Brian Schatz, who's the Democrat from Hawaii, told Barr after Barr had said, "I think there was spying. I think the Trump campaign was spied on. I have no doubt the Trump campaign was spied on."
So this guy Brian Schatz, Democrat, Hawaii, told Barr that he wanted to give him another chance to rephrase what he had said earlier about spying. In other words, “Attorney General Barr, you didn't really mean to say that you think there was spying on the Trump campaign, and I'm gonna give you a chance here to rephrase what you said.”
Schatz said that Barr's comment was gonna make the cable news ecosystem go crazy. That's what he's thinking about? The cable news ecosystem's gonna go crazy because Barr's saying he thinks the Trump campaign was spied on? Barr simply replied that he meant surveillance.
He asked Schatz if that made him feel any better. (laughing) How about if I say surveillance instead of spying? That make you feel better, Senator, that make you feel better, Congressman? It was comedy gold and Schatz didn't even realize it. These people are so stiff and they are so serious, they have no sense of humor whatsoever.
And Barr was saying, "Okay. You don't like 'spy'? How about they were 'surveilling' the Trump campaign? Does that make you feel better?" Let's just start with 26. This is the most recent, relevant bite. Question from Senator Lindsey Grahamnesty. "Would it be odd, Attorney General Barr, that the candidate was never really briefed by the Department of Justice, that his campaign may have been targeted by a foreign entity?"
BARR: That is one of the questions I have is, I feel normally the campaign would have been advised of this. I'm interested in getting that answer. They had two former U.S. attorneys in Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani involved in the campaign, and I don't understand why the campaign was not advised.
RUSH: Bingo! Big time key, because the Russians doing the targeting were FBI plants. That's why. But he's raising a logical question. Well, he knows what went on here. We all know what went on. Everybody knows now that everybody knows what went on, and I'm telling you there are quaking in the boots in the homes of Comey and Clapper and Brennan and McCabe and Priestap and Baker and Strzok and Page, because now it's out.
Barr has known all along. We finally got the guy who is gonna dig into this because, as I said yesterday in response to Snerdley's question, this guy cares about the judicial system, that there be one tier in our system of justice, not two or more, that it be equal and applied to everybody. He understands the importance of the rule of law. He understands exactly what happened here, as we all do. This is just the first time it has been officially stated.
By the way, Trump today on the White House lawn on the way to the helicopter on the way to Air Force One to go to a speech in San Antonio, started talking about this as a coup! He called it a scam. He called it illegal. He called it a coup. Both barrels are being fired from both sides of Washington today at this cabal that ran this operation. This is a legitimate question here. If you're spying, if you think the Russians are spying on the Trump campaign, why not tell them?
Why not tell the Trump campaign? For crying out loud, everybody's running around talking about what a serious thing this is. "Why, Trump was colluding with the Russians! Holy smokes. We can't put up with that. This is unprecedented." Well, if you think that's going on, why didn't you advise them? That'd be the right thing to do if you think a presidential campaign's being targeted by the Russians. Well, that's not at all what they were setting up.
They wanted to set up that Trump was aware of it and was exploiting it, for which there was never any evidence, as I say over and over. Okay. To the top of the audio sound bites. Jeanne Shaheen, senator, Democrat, New Hampshire, says to the attorney general, "Can you share with us why you feel the need to do that investigation into the origins of this investigation?" That's what's got all this started is that Barr told these people he's gonna look into how this happened.
He said, "Look. I've read the report. There's nothing in it. There's no collusion. There isn't any obstruction in it. There was no reason for this. And we're gonna do an investigation into how the hell this got started and when." And so Shaheen is saying (impression), "Can you share with us why you feel the need to do that investigation into origins of this investigation?"
BARR: I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It's a big deal. The generation I grew up in, which is the Vietnam War period, you know, people were all concerned about spying on anti-war people and so forth by the government. And there were a lot of rules put in place to make sure that there's an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance. I'm not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it's important to look at that.
RUSH: So she says (impression) "So you're not suggesting... You're not suggesting that spying occurred. Oh, you wouldn't possibly be asserting to us here that spying occurred. I mean, you're not really saying that, right? You're not saying that the Clinton campaign spied on the Trump campaign? You're not saying that members of the Obama administration actually deigned to spy on the Trump campaign? You're not saying any of that actually went on, are you?"
BARR: I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur.
SHAHEEN: Well, let me --
BARR: The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated, and I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but I need to explore that. I think it's my obligation. I'm reviewing this. I haven't set up a team yet, but I have in mind having some colleagues help me pull all this information together and let me know whether there's some areas that should be looked at. I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused. I mean, I think that's one of the principal roles of the attorney general.
RUSH: All right. So there he was throwing them a bone and then trying to get 'em to stay outside, rather than poke their nose in the kitchen. This is very good. "Well, what do you mean?" Okay, I'll explain this. She goes on. She says (paraphrased), "You're not suggesting that spying occurred. You're not suggesting the Obama administration spied on Trump. You're not suggesting that Hillary spied. You're not suggesting any of that, right? You're not suggesting that anybody?" "Oh, yeah, yeah, I am. Spying did occur."
Sledgehammer hitting head of Jeanne Shaheen and other Democrats. So, realizing what he's just done Barr said, "But wait. The question is whether it was predicated." Meaning, the question is whether it was warranted. "Ohhhh, okay! So you're gonna look into spying, but you hope to find that maybe there was a reason for the FBI to spy on Trump, and maybe there was a reason for Obama to spy on Trump, and maybe there was a reason for Hillary to spy on Trump." That's what he's telling them here.
"Oh, yeah, there was spying. There's no question. The question is whether it was predicated," meaning whether it was warranted, "and I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated. I'm going to explore that. So he throws 'em the bone, keeps 'em out in the backyard chasing the bone instead of coming in the kitchen chasing him. Brilliantly done here. Brilliantly done. But they weren't finished. Here is Senator Pat "Leaky" Leahy, also nicknamed "Depends," querying the attorney general.
"Did you have any conversations with the special counsel about why he did not reach a conclusion one way or the other on obstruction...?" I should set this up. These people remain convinced that there's collusion, the Democrats. They remain convinced that there was obstruction. They remain convinced that Barr is lying.
They remain convinced that somebody's got Mueller tied up in a room with only bread and water. They are convinced that Mueller is desperately trying to get the truth out but that Barr has him stowed away in some safe house, rewriting everything that Mueller did. So here comes Leahy getting to the truth. "Did you have any conversations with Mueller about why he didn't reach a conclusion one way or the other on obstruction?"
BARR: Yes, I did. And he also has a fuller explanation of that in the report that I'll be making available, hopefully next week.
LEAHY: Did he express any expectation or interest in leaving the obstruction decision to aggression?
BARR: Not that... He didn't say that to me, no.
LEAHY: So he said the obstruction decision should be up to you?
BARR: He didn't say that, either. But that's generally how the Department of Justice works. A prosecutor's role at the end of the day is binary: Are there charges or no charges, or is this a crime or not a crime?
RUSH: Well, here one more. You gotta hear the next. Play audio sound bite number 4.
LEAHY: Have you overruled Mr. Mueller or his team on any redaction question?
LEAHY: One way or the other?
LEAHY: K. Have you discussed any specific redactions with the White House?
RUSH: The next sound you hear is that of the Coyote going off the cliff, having his Acme bomb fall right on the top of his head.
RUSH: Attorney General Barr turned it upside down today, turned everything on its head. So the whole thing's now shifting from Trump and away from Trump toward the conspirators. It was really great today. Lindsey Graham brought up Senator Feinstein and how the FBI warned her when she had a ChiCom spy on her staff for 20 years. Remember that? She had a spy. Her driver and who knows what other else was spying for the ChiComs on her staff for 20 years.
Fox cut to Feinstein and a staffer jumped up to whisper in her ear. He was probably telling her which ChiCom spy Graham was talking about. Now, imagine Senator Jeanne Shaheen's question. Stop and think about her question for a second. She really asked the attorney general of the United States -- she really asked him -- why he felt the need to investigate when the FBI apparently used phony information to get a FISA warrant to spy on a political campaign.
Now, you can bet Ms. Shaheen never once questioned the need to investigate Trump for colluding with Russians. That made total sense to her. She never once thought about asking anybody why they were doing that. But now when somebody wants to get the bottom of the investigation, "Why do you feel the need to investigate the investigation?" And then Senator Leahy, "Has the White House told you about what's redacted? Have you discussed any of this with Trump?" "No. No. And the special counsel's all aboard with me here, Senator."