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Former FBI Official Says William Barr Could Not Be ‘More Destructive’ If Appointed By Vladimir Putin

A former FBI assistant director has stated William Barr might “not be a more destructive attorney general” if he had been appointed by Vladimir Putin in a scathing assault on the Department of Justice head.

Frank Figliuzzi stated the legal professional normal had a “consistent ability to ignore facts” on MSNBC Monday night time, and recommended he might “disgrace his office.”

The NBC nationwide safety contributor made the remarks about Bill Barr on the community’s 11th Hour present in response to reporting that the legal professional normal is at odds with the Justice Department inspector normal over a report on his investigation into the Russia investigation.

The Washington Post reported Monday night time that Barr had advised “associates” that he didn’t agree with a key discovering in Michael Horowitz’s quickly to be launched report, particularly that the FBI had purpose to open an investigation into Donald Trump’s presidential marketing campaign in July 2016.

It was first reported by The New York Times on October 24 {that a} evaluation of investigation into hyperlinks between Russia and the Trump marketing campaign had change into a prison investigation into the launch of the probe.

Former FBI Official Says William Barr Could Not Be 'More Destructive' If Appointed By Vladimir Putin
Attorney General William Barr testifies earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Speaking concerning the Post story on the 11th Hour present yesterday, Figliuzzi accused Barr of getting a “consistent ability to ignore facts” and following “alternative” truths.

“If this reporting is true, that he’s going to side against his own inspector general and side with the president, he will again be choosing to ignore a neutral fact-finder and come up with his own set of alternative truth,” the previous FBI assistant director stated.

WATCH: @FrankFigliuzzi1 says Bill Barr “could not be a more destructive attorney general than if Vladimir Putin had appointed Barr, himself.”

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“The problem with that is that’s not what the attorney general is supposed to do, and in fact he will disgrace his office if he chooses to ignore the facts developed by his own inspector general.”

The former intelligence group official went on to recommend that the one one that could be extra happy than Trump about Barr reportedly being “at odds with his own department” was Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Figliuzzi stated: “There could not be a more destructive attorney general than if Vladimir Putin had appointed Barr himself.”

Newsweek has contacted the Department of Justice for a response to Figliuzzi however didn’t obtain a response by time of publication.

Shortly after the New York Times reported that Barr’s Russia investigation evaluation had change into a prison inquiry in October, the hashtag #ImpeachBarr started trending on Twitter as Democratic representatives referred to as for the legal professional normal’s ouster.

“Our nation’s chief law enforcement officer is out of control and a growing threat to American democracy,” Rep. Bill Pascrell tweeted on the time.

Rep. Ted Lieu additionally described the reported prison probe as “deeply troubling” and accused Barr of “absoluting” performing in partisan style.

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