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The Boston Marathon bombing suspect is changing minute by minute. Below, a continually updating storyline that will be live — refresh the page every 5-10 minutes or so — until this situation is over.

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Boston Bombing Suspect Manhunt: Live Updates

Storified by David Badash· Fri, Apr 19 2013 17:35:41

BREAKING NEWS: Globe photographer can hear police say, “We know you’re in there. Come out on your own terms. Come out with your hands up.”The Boston Globe
BREAKING NEWS: Three people taken into custody in New Bedford as part of Boston Marathon terror bombing investigation.The Boston Globe
PHOTO: Law enforcement approach an area where the bombing suspect is reportedly hiding #manhunt pic.twitter.com/wDd2n43KbmThe Boston Globe
BREAKING NEWS: Neighbors say police officers have told them the suspect in the Watertown backyard is covered in blood.Boston.com News
Amtrak is resuming with limited service tonight between NY & Boston. We expect regular service on Saturday.Amtrak
BREAKING PHOTO: Better shot of boat where suspected #BostonMarathon bomber was hiding out. pic.twitter.com/tilsjcOr04 – @PetesWireNewsBreaker
BREAKING PHOTO: Here comes a helicopter with a spotlight pic.twitter.com/WpI2kG5rhCNewsBreaker
7’s Steve Cooper says there’s some concern among police that this suspect has a bomb strapped to his chest #7newsBrad Tatum
The ultimate goal for law enforcement is to take Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in custody alive just like any other suspect. #wcvbKathy Curran
BREAKING NEWS: Police are using ‘flash bangs’ to disorient and distract the suspect. They have seen him sit up.The Boston Globe
BREAKING NEWS: Police are still concerned that the suspect may be wearing a suicide bomb vest, the source tells the Globe.The Boston Globe
Pete Williams. Police “strongly believe he is wounded and … has been there for much of the day”Sam Stein
“Suspect sitting up” on police scanner per Andrea Mitchell on #MSNBC #BostonBombingsGottaLaff
BREAKING NEWS: Police have taken the cover off the boat containing the man believed to be the Marathon bombing suspect. He’s not moving.The Boston Globe
CBS reporting that man is alive in boatJosh Kraushaar
PHOTO: WCVB is reporting that this is the boat where the suspect was hiding behind this Watertown, MA, home pic.twitter.com/vxyZ7o3qnINewsBreaker
Insane. They’re still looking for one of the bombing suspects. This is what Watertown, MA looks like right now. pic.twitter.com/RIa3IQAzqPRay William Johnson
BREAKING: 2 SWAT rescue vehicles have just gone into the perimeter in Watertown, MA pic.twitter.com/OBF6qlt0qONewsBreaker
PHOTO: Shots fired scene centered on Franklin Street in Watertown. pic.twitter.com/WPZkeEoNfu – @TomlinMNewsBreaker
PHOTO: Robot being deployed in Watertown neighborhood where incident is unfolding (WHDH) twitpic.com/ckiidf – @passantinoNewsBreaker
Live Stream right now: Shots fired in Watertown via WCVB Channel 5 Boston fb.me/sC2geJQ6Latino Rebels
BREAKING NEWS: Marathon bombings suspect pinned down in Watertown, according to source.The Boston Globe
CNN: Rapid Flurry Of Gunfire In Watertown livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/cnn-rapi… via @benjysarlinTPM Livewire
INTERPOL issues global security alert in connection with #Boston marathon bombings at request of #US authoritiesinterpol.int/en/News-and-me…INTERPOL
Seen in #Boston pic.twitter.com/0rf6KXmrFMKaila
#MBTA UPDATE: Limited Service has RESUMED on ALL #MBTA modes except the Commuter Rail. MBCR will resume tomorrow (Saturday Schedule).MBTA
Czech Republic clarifies that the Czech Republic is not Chechnya. Good job, good effort, Internet. bit.ly/11mQIyyBenjy Sarlin
Retweet, subtweet, or just take it! Just spread it. #Manhunt #Watertown #Boston #BostonBombing pic.twitter.com/G5tHhRNZKAAnonymous
“@1045CHUMFM: It’s surreal seeing #Boston so deserted as the #manhunt continues -Ashley pic.twitter.com/5x2aR8qZBw”Sam D
so much freedom and democracy in boston right now i mean i remember this mission on modern warfare 2 pic.twitter.com/RpeW7Jmpinkieran
Gov Deval Patrick takes the podium. instagram.com/p/YSRgBypGgz/Garrett Quinn
MA Governor Patrick: The stay indoors request is lifted in the Boston area; the T transportation system will re-open shortly.CNBC
“We do not have an apprehension of our suspect this afternoon, but we will.” — MA State Police Col. Albenjennifer bendery
Rep. Peter King, who sits on House Intel Committee, on CNN: “No evidence at all” Boston bombers are tied to overseas terrorist groups.jennifer bendery
From CBS’ Bob Orr: FBI interviewed Tamarlan Tsarnaev 2 yrs ago abt extremist ties, found nothing & closed file. More on CBS Evening NewsMajor Garrett
Police car removed from Watertown shooting scene @nbcnightlynews see window is shot out pic.twitter.com/ILLirFMoMcKerry Sanders
FBI takes computer from NJ sister of bomb suspects #bostonbombings #manhunt bit.ly/10o5SqwNBC Charlotte
The scene at sister’s house in NJ @rtvi #tsarnaev #manhunt #bostonbombing pic.twitter.com/tdbWgkQI2bLev Trubkovich
“They’ve found 7 IEDs”: Michael Isikoff on #MSNBCGottaLaff
Rep. Peter King, who sits on House Intel Committee, on CNN: “No evidence at all” Boston bombers are tied to overseas terrorist groups.jennifer bendery
RT @chucktodd: DHS Sec. Napolitano just entered the West Wing.jennifer bendery
BREAKING: With his brother shot by police, Dzhokhor A. Tsarnaev drove over him, 2 law enforcement officials said. – @BostonDotComNewsBreaker
There are 9000-10,000 law enforcement personnel trying to find one guy right now. #ManHuntMichael Skolnik
PHOTO: As manhunt continues, sign reads ‘Shelter in place remains in effect in #Boston’ pic.twitter.com/M0aT0Gx4AC – @justinjm1NewsBreaker
CBS News: Investigators combing through Boston apt. of bombing suspects; called a “bomb making factory.” – @chrismayphillyNewsBreaker
UPDATE: Seven IEDs recovered so far—in Watertown & some at house in Cambridge, police officials tell NBC. – @RockCenterNBCNewsBreaker
“@OnlyInBOS: UNREAL PHOTO via @MunKYBoii Just got searched for safety measures for the #manhunt in #watertown pic.twitter.com/CffcSKvpJ5″Rachael Gafford
PHOTO: Pres. Obama met with his national security team today on developments in the Boston bombings investigation. pic.twitter.com/z6nh24ZGnMThe White House
Anzor Tsarnaev, father of #Boston bomb suspects Dzhokhar & Tamerlan, says he believes secret services framed sons bbc.in/ZCaItUBBC News (World)
Boston suspects’ father says he believes sons being framed . Also says police investigating #Boston bombings are cowardsCBC News Alerts
Bomb Suspect’s Dad Warns ‘All Hell Will Break Loose’ If Son Dies: The father of suspected Boston Marathon bomb… bit.ly/11LU0LyBBC NEWS
NBC: This AM the President convened a meeting of national security team, in the Situation Room of the White House, to get updates on manhuntNewsBreaker
major mistake from @Fox25news. The White House situation room has been activated. Meaning there is a meeting in it. #PhewMichael Skolnik
CORRECTION: White House situation room was activated. #bostonmarathonFOX 25 News Boston
Friend and former high school classmate, Ty Barros, 21, calls Dzhokhar “a normal regular American kid” to.pbs.org/12sKyxRNewsHour
“He was very gentle, soft spoken. We smoked a lot of weed together, just casual, hanging out.” – Ty Barros on Jahar in high school.Rebecca Ostriker
MIT students are posting their memories of fallen officer Sean Collier here: seancolliermemories.tumblr.com – @AlexJamesFitz pic.twitter.com/qlciC4BukrNewsBreaker
BREAKING: 15 police officers were taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hosp. in Brighton, MA for injuries from last night’s police activity – @ABCNewsBreaker
Kurt Schwartz, Director of Mass Emerg Mgment, says employees in #Boston area who are at work are encouraged to leave work and drive home.Andrea Mitchell
“They’ve gone through about 70% of this area – they have more to go.” Kerry Sanders in #Watertown #Boston #manhunt #bostonbombingAndrea Mitchell
“This is the worst of both worlds–they embedded themselves in US culture–and then they traveled overseas” -Roger Cressey #boston #manhuntAndrea Mitchell
Cressey is a former member of the United States National Security Council
UPDATE: All #Amtrak service is suspended NY to Boston indefinitely. Trains are currently operating as scheduled DC – NY.Amtrak
Acela Express & Northeast Regional service is suspended indefinitely between Providence, RI & Boston due to ongoing police activity.Amtrak Northeast
INCREDIBLE PHOTO OF SWAT TEAMS ON THE STREETS OF WATERTOWN IN BOSTON. #911BUFF twitpic.com/ckglgi911 Operator
Still in wheelchair, @mayortommenino spoke about the strength of #Boston. @NECN #WatertownShooting #WatertownBoston pic.twitter.com/PjFDrMBR5EJustin Michaels
“I don’t have a single American friend.” Profile of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev: b.globe.com/17LsAZRThe Boston Globe
MT @globecynthia: Smart timeline & locator map of events as they unfolded overnight. bostonglobe.com/Page/Boston/20…The Boston Globe
Gov Patrick says “stay indoor request continues for the time being” as the hunt for Boston Marathon bomber continues unabated.The Boston Globe
State Police warns they will do a controlled explosion of items found in Norfolk Street in Cambridge where the brothers lived.The Boston Globe
Bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev became an American citizen on Sept. 11, 2012. (@peteswire, @cbsboston)BuzzFeed News
#RamzanKadyrov, #Chechen Leader, denies #Boston connection through his Instagram. #BostonBombing #BostonMassacre pic.twitter.com/4QHUhTQK97T.L.V
Here’s the translation of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s statement:

“The tragic events took place in Boston. The blast killed people. We have previously expressed their condolences to the people of the city and the people of America. Today, as reported by the media, while trying to arrest a Tsarnaea was killed. It would be logical if he was detained and investigated, found all the circumstances and the degree of his guilt. Apparently, the special services needed by all means to calm the result of society. Any attempt to make the connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevymi if they are guilty, in vain. They grew up in the United States, their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America. From terrorism to fight the whole world. We know better than anyone else. We wish recovery to all the victims and share the feelings of sorrow Americans. # # Boston # bombing investigation”
VIDEO: Boston bombing suspects’ Uncle Ruslan: “We’re ashamed” and “they are losers” bzfd.it/15rKKk4BuzzFeed
A high school classmate, Stefanie Gardner, confirms to @buzzfeed’s @rfelliott that this is Tsarnaev’s twitter account buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/…Ben Smith
Classmates recognized the bombing suspects, called the FBI: nytimes.com/2013/04/20/us/…AdamSerwer
I’m in Waterton – this helicopter landed in a shopping mall just a few secs ago #5live #nolan pic.twitter.com/tkxa7rP8zgStephen Nolan
“This has nothing to do with Chechnya….Chechens are peaceful people” – uncle of suspects on MSNBCBenjy Sarlin
Bombing Suspect’s Uncle: ‘It’s Crazy.. I Can’t Believe It’ (VIDEO) livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/bombing-… via @sahilkapurJosh Marshall
Uncle of bombers on MSNBC: “Yes, we’re ashamed. They’re children of my brother, who had little influence on them as much as I know.”Benjy Sarlin
US Muslim Group Condemns Attack, Schedules Press Conference livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/us-musli… via @benjysarlinTPM Livewire
RT @billy_baker: Boston Globe photographers are delivering incredible images right now. bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/…Garance Franke-Ruta
MIT release on slain officer Sean Collier, 26, killed in line of duty. RIP bit.ly/15ruXllMajor Garrett
“I can’t believe I went through 4 years of high school & was friends with someone who carried out a terrorist attack” bit.ly/1788W9bMother Jones
EXCLUSIVE: Wrestling Photo, Former Classmate Reactions to Boston Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev bit.ly/17waLuNMother Jones
What you should know about Chechnya and the Boston bombing suspects thkpr.gs/Zx3pXyThinkProgress
Update…Recovered —> Car sought in Connecticut in connection to Boston by authorities: ct.gov/despp/cwp/view…Jim Acosta
Clarification: No official confirmation that YouTube user posting extremist videos is same person as Boston suspect bit.ly/117gq8zMother Jones
Classmate: Bombing Suspect Was ‘Class Clown’ shrd.by/SJ6GcrWBZ Boston News
Watch Live Coverage Of WBZ-TV: shrd.by/CA0H70WBZ Boston News
#WANTED: Updated photo of 19 year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev released. Suspect considered armed & dangerous. pic.twitter.com/pzps8ovJTbBoston Police Dept.
Authorities say that the 2 Boston bomb suspects are brothers, are legal permanent residents of Chechen origin – @NBCNews, @PeteWilliamsNBCBreaking News
BREAKING NEWS – CONNECTICUT POLICE ASKED TO PUT OUT AN APB FOR HONDA CRV MA TAG #36ES9 POSSIBLE SUSPECT WITH SUICIDE VEST. via – NBC.Anonymous
Car sought in Connecticut in connection to Boston by authorities: ct.gov/despp/cwp/view…Jim Acosta
Wow “@NBCNews: Photo: City on lockdown; an empty Kenmore Square in #Boston, Mass. (via Andrew Golden) pic.twitter.com/FBZrMSqMjy”Ben

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Watch: Santos Responds to Report He Joked About Hitler, ‘The Jews’ and Black People

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U.S. Rep. George Santos (R-NY) allegedly made a social media post appearing to praise Adolf Hitler while referring to “the Jews and Black” people, and frequently made pejorative “jokes” about being Jewish according to friends interviewed by Patch and screenshots of now-deleted social media posts.

In 2011, Santos “commented on a Facebook post with what appear to be intended-jokes about Hitler, a phrase that appears to salute Hitler and observations about ‘the Jews and black[s],’ exclusive screenshots obtained by Patch show.”

Patch, which published a screenshot of  what appear to be Santos’ comment, reports he had written this: “hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hiiiiiiiiiiiitlerrrrrrrrrrr (hight hitler) lolololololololololololol sombody kill her!! the jews and black [sic] mostly lolllolol!!! Dum”

Sarah Fishkind, whose LinkedIn profile describes her as a political organizer, posted video Thursday afternoon of her conversation with Rep. Santos.

“Do you have any comments about your most-recently-leaked Facebook comments about killing all Jews and Black people?” she asked, according to her post.

“I’m sorry?” Santos, appearing to be stunned, replied.

READ MORE: ‘Big No-No’: Santos May or May Not Have a Campaign Treasurer Prompting Questions About Whose Signature That Is

“It’s on the news right. now,” she responded, “that you Facebook commented.”

Santos replied with a frustrated huff, then said: “That’s going to be hard to hold.” It’s unclear what he meant by that comment.

Santos ran and won his congressional seat claiming to be a gay Jewish Republican, only later to falsely claim he never said he was Jewish, but “Jew-ish.” He also lied about his grandparents fleeing the Holocaust.

Jewish groups have condemned his false claims of Jewish heritage, which include false claims that his grandparents were “Holocaust refugees.”

Watch the videos above or at this link.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. 

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‘Moral Turpitude’: Trump Coup Memo Author John Eastman Now Facing 11 Counts of Alleged Ethics Violations – and Disbarment

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John Eastman, the far-right attorney, disgraced former law professor, former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and current chairman of the anti-LGBTQ National Organization For Marriage (NOM) is facing eleven counts of alleged ethics violations, and disbarment, by California state bar regulators. Among the allegations, “intentional acts of moral turpitude, dishonesty, or corruption.”

As The New York Times reported last fall, “after the November election, Mr. Eastman wrote the memo for which he is now best known, laying out steps that Vice President Mike Pence could take to keep Mr. Trump in power — measures Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans have likened to a blueprint for a coup.

So has the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, which late last month referred Eastman – in the same breath as Donald Trump – to the Dept. of Justice for possible prosecution on criminal charges, including obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

On Thursday, Bloomberg News reported California state bar regulators “say they will seek to strip” Eastman of his law license.

READ MORE: Ginni Thomas Looking Like ‘Full Fledged Potential Co-Conspirator’ After Discovery of Emails With Eastman: Legal Expert

“The Notice of Disciplinary Charges alleges that Mr. Eastman violated this duty in furtherance of an attempt to usurp the will of the American people and overturn election results for the highest office in the land — an egregious and unprecedented attack on our democracy — for which he must be held accountable,” the State Bar of California’s Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona said in a statement. “Eastman has not been charged with any crimes to date.”

“The 11 charges arise from allegations that Eastman engaged in a course of conduct to plan, promote, and assist then-President Trump in executing a strategy, unsupported by facts or law, to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election by obstructing the count of electoral votes of certain states,” the State Bar of California’s statement adds.

Law & Crime’s Adam Klasfeld further explains that Cardona “intends to seek Eastman’s disbarment for alleged violations of Business and Professions Code section 6106, which punishes making false and misleading statements that constitute acts of ‘moral turpitude, dishonesty, and corruption.'”

Last week The New York Times described Eastman as “a chief architect of Donald Trump’s effort to reverse his election loss,” but it is his fellow Republican attorneys who delivered the judgment on his skills.

“Many White House lawyers expressed contempt for Mr. Eastman, portraying him as an academic with little grasp of the real world,” The Times reported. “Greg Jacob, the legal counsel to former Vice President Mike Pence, characterized Mr. Eastman’s legal advice as ‘gravely, gravely irresponsible,’ calling him the ‘serpent in the ear’ of Mr. Trump. Eric Herschmann, a Trump White House lawyer, recounted ‘chewing out’ Mr. Eastman. Pat A. Cipollone, the chief White House counsel, is described calling Mr. Eastman’s ideas ‘nutty.'”

READ MORE: Bombshell NYT Report Reveals Bill Barr’s Special Counsel Opened ‘Secret’ Financial Crimes Probe Into Trump But Never Prosecuted

It wasn’t just Republican attorneys in the Trump White House.

During the January 6 insurrection, Eastman, certainly no silent architect, stood at the same podium Donald Trump would speak at, and delivered a fiery speech alongside Rudy Giuliani. Six days later his colleagues at Chapman University demanded his firing.

The disbarment may be the least of Eastman’s self-inflicted woes.

“He has been drawn into the criminal investigation into election interference in Atlanta, which is nearing a decision on potential indictments,” according to The Times, also adding that the “F.B.I. seized his iPhone.”

READ MORE: ‘Big No-No’: Santos May or May Not Have a Campaign Treasurer Prompting Questions About Whose Signature That Is

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Bombshell NYT Report Reveals Bill Barr’s Special Counsel Opened ‘Secret’ Financial Crimes Probe Into Trump But Never Prosecuted

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Special Counsel Robert Durham, appointed by then-Attorney General Bill Barr, uncovered possible financial crimes by Donald Trump but made no attempt to prosecute them, The New York Times reveals in massive, bombshell report published Thursday after a months-long investigation.

“Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham never disclosed that their inquiry expanded in the fall of 2019, based on a tip from Italian officials, to include a criminal investigation into suspicious financial dealings related to Mr. Trump. The specifics of the tip and how they handled the investigation remain unclear, but Mr. Durham brought no charges over it,” The Times’ Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman, and Katie Benner report.

The “potentially explosive tip linking Mr. Trump to certain suspected financial crimes” came during a trip Barr and Durham, his special counsel, took together. They “decided that the tip was too serious and credible to ignore.”

But, “Mr. Durham never filed charges, and it remains unclear what level of an investigation it was, what steps he took, what he learned and whether anyone at the White House ever found out. The extraordinary fact that Mr. Durham opened a criminal investigation that included scrutinizing Mr. Trump has remained secret.”

That’s just one aspect of The Times’ extensive and disturbing report.

It also reveals that there was little justification for Barr to install Durham as a special counsel to investigate what Trump wrongly maintained was an unjustifiable investigation into his ties to Russia.

In fact, The Times “found that the main thrust of the Durham inquiry was marked by some of the very same flaws — including a strained justification for opening it and its role in fueling partisan conspiracy theories that would never be charged in court — that Trump allies claim characterized the Russia investigation.”

READ MORE: ‘Failed Spectacularly’: Top Legal Experts Call for Ethics Probe Into Bill Barr’s Handpicked Special Counsel John Durham

In another shocking revelation, The Times reports Durham “used Russian intelligence memos — suspected by other U.S. officials of containing disinformation — to gain access to emails of an aide to George Soros, the financier and philanthropist who is a favorite target of the American right and Russian state media.”

The Times does not explain how Durham obtained the Russian disinformation.

“Mr. Durham used grand jury powers to keep pursuing the emails even after a judge twice rejected his request for access to them. The emails yielded no evidence that Mr. Durham has cited in any case he pursued.”

Attorneys on Durham’s team apparently had significant qualms with his actions, leading at least two to resign.

“There were deeper internal fractures on the Durham team than previously known,” The Times reports. “The publicly unexplained resignation in 2020 of his No. 2 and longtime aide, Nora R. Dannehy, was the culmination of a series of disputes between them over prosecutorial ethics. A year later, two more prosecutors strongly objected to plans to indict a lawyer with ties to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign based on evidence they warned was too flimsy, and one left the team in protest of Mr. Durham’s decision to proceed anyway. (A jury swiftly acquitted the lawyer.)”

BARR THREATENED NSA

The Times also reports that Attorney General Barr bought into Trump’s false claims that there had been “no collusion” between the Trump camp and Russia.

READ MORE: Republicans Claiming ‘Censorship’ Threaten to Haul AT&T and DirecTV Into Congress for Dropping Far-Right Newsmax

Importantly, The Times states point-blank that the Mueller Report “detailed ‘numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign,’ and it established both how Moscow had worked to help Mr. Trump win and how his campaign had expected to benefit from the foreign interference.”

According to The Times’ account, “soon after giving Mr. Durham his assignment,” in May of 2019, “Mr. Barr summoned the head of the National Security Agency, Paul M. Nakasone, to his office. In front of several aides, Mr. Barr demanded that the N.S.A. cooperate with the Durham inquiry.”

The NSA is a wholly separate entity from the Dept. of Justice. It is an agency under the Dept. of Defense and reports to the powerful Director of National Intelligence (DNI).

Barr apparently did not care, and, “repeating a sexual vulgarity, he warned that if the N.S.A. wronged him by not doing all it could to help Mr. Durham, Mr. Barr would do the same to the agency.”

DURHAM TRIED TO SCUTTLE A REPORT’S FINDING THAT TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION WAS WARRANTED

“Mr. Durham’s team spent long hours combing the C.I.A.’s files but found no way to support the allegation” that the investigation into Trump and Russia was the result of some anti-Trump deep state operation.

Barr and Durham actually “traveled abroad together to press British and Italian officials to reveal everything their agencies had gleaned about the Trump campaign and relayed to the United States, but both allied governments denied they had done any such thing. Top British intelligence officials expressed indignation to their U.S. counterparts about the accusation, three former U.S. officials said.”

The Dept. of Justice’s Inspector General’s investigation found there was, in fact, sufficient cause for the DOJ to have opened up the Trump-Russia investigation, contrary to Barr’s personal beliefs.

So he tried to have that finding removed from the final report.

READ MORE: ‘Big No-No’: Santos May or May Not Have a Campaign Treasurer Prompting Questions About Whose Signature That Is

The Times reports that “the broader findings contradicted Mr. Trump’s accusations and the rationale for Mr. Durham’s inquiry,” which should have shut down what ultimately became Durham’s four-year long investigation that netted almost nothing.

The DOJ Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, “found no evidence that F.B.I. actions were politically motivated. And he concluded that the investigation’s basis — an Australian diplomat’s tip that a Trump campaign adviser had seemed to disclose advance knowledge that Russia would release hacked Democratic emails — had been sufficient to lawfully open it.”

So Barr tried to discredit Horowitz’s report.

“Minutes before the inspector general’s report went online, Mr. Barr issued a statement contradicting Mr. Horowitz’s major finding, declaring that the F.B.I. opened the investigation “on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient.” He would later tell Fox News that the investigation began “without any basis,” as if the diplomat’s tip never happened.”

Read the entire Times report here.

 

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