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Buttigieg releases McKinsey client list, includes Best Buy and Defense Department

24 0 11 Dec 2019

Responding to calls for transparency, Pete Buttigieg released a list of the clients he worked for at McKinsey & Company on Tuesday night.

Buttigieg’s clients at the international consulting firm included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Best Buy, and the Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws. It also included non-profits the National Resources Defense Council and the Energy Foundation, and numerous government agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor and Democratic presidential candidate released the list after he said McKinsey had released him from a non disclosure agreement.

“Now, voters can see for themselves that my work amounted to mostly research and analysis. They can also see that I value both transparency and keeping my word,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “Neither of these qualities are something we see coming out of Washington, especially from this White House.”

Buttigieg worked for the company between 2007 and 2010, and was pushed to disclose more about his work there following stories about McKinsey’s work with controversial clients like the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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In an interview with the Atlantic on Tuesday, Buttigieg said McKinsey “is as amoral as the American business community in general, or at least the corporate community, can be.” But, he added, “I never worked on or was asked to work on things that I had a problem with.”

Buttigieg had publicly called on McKinsey to release him from his NDA in an interview with New Hampshire Public Radio last week.

“Maybe they’re not used to doing that, but they’re not used to having somebody who used to work there being seriously considered for the American presidency,” Buttigieg said. “This information should come up and I’m happy to speak to it when it does.”

In his statement Tuesday, Buttigieg’s campaign described Blue Cross as his first client, and said he worked for the company in 2007. “He was assigned to a team that looked at overhead expenditures such as rent, utilities, and company travel. The project he was assigned to did not involve policies, premiums, or benefits,” the campaign said.

The Michigan insurance company announced in January of 2009 it was cutting up to 1,000 jobs, the New York Times reported.

Buttigieg worked with Best Buy in 2008, where he was involved in a project looking at “opportunities for selling more energy-efficient home products in their stores,” the campaign said.

His work for energy and environmental companies and agencies included researching opportunities “to combat climate change through energy efficiency,” the campaign said.

His work for the Defense Department included going to Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a project “focused on increasing employment and entrepreneurship in those countries’ economies,” the campaign said.

Buttigieg joined the Navy Reserve that same year, 2009. He was later deployed to Afghanistan, where he did a six month tour in 2013.

New owner of consumer DNA database GEDmatch vows to fight police search warrants

20 0 11 Dec 2019

The new owner of a consumer DNA database that has powered a revolution in forensics vowed to resist attempts by police to circumvent the site’s privacy rules.

Verogen, a California-based DNA analysis company, announced Monday that it had purchased GEDmatch, a website founded for amateur genealogists that is now being used by police to solve old murders and rapes.

The new owner will continue to offer the site for searches by law enforcement that adhere to its newly restrictive terms of service, Verogen CEO Brett Williams said Tuesday. But if police try to get a court order bypassing those terms, seeking access to the DNA profiles of people who have requested that they remain off-limits, Verogen will fight it, he said.

“For me, it’s about trust,” Williams said. “If people are going to agree with the terms of service, and then those terms are violated, there is no trust there.”

That would represent a much tougher stance from the site’s founder, Curtis Rogers, who did not fight a June search warrant from police in Orlando, Florida, who said GEDmatch had limited their access to users’ data in the middle of an investigation of a series of rapes.

The warrant, approved by a judge, has raised concerns that police could use the same tactic to search other consumer DNA sites that have even tighter restrictions on what police can see.

“I would have fought the warrant,” Williams said in an interview.

Williams said GEDmatch has not received any search warrants since the Orlando order. But he said he would take a harder line the next time it happened. “How we respond will speak volumes to the users of GEDmatch,” he said.

The warrant was one of many struggles Rogers endured since his homespun website became a law enforcement hit.

Rogers, 81, founded GEDmatch in Florida nine years ago as a place for people to compare the results of their direct-to-consumer DNA tests in hopes of finding relatives. Everything changed in April 2018, when California authorities revealed they’d used clues in GEDmatch to lead them to the suspected Golden State Killer.

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The case made GEDmatch the hub of a groundbreaking forensics method called investigative genetic genealogy, in which police obtain a DNA profile from evidence taken from a crime scene and upload it to GEDmatch. Working with genetic genealogists, they use those connections, along with publicly available ancestral information, to build a family tree that could help identify a suspect.

The technique has since helped solve more than 70 rapes and murders across the country, authorities say.

Although he never imagined his site used this way, Rogers embraced the challenge ─ at least for a while. He navigated a thicket of ethical and legal issues as he tried to stay true to his original idea while also helping to catch criminals ─ and protecting the privacy of his 1.3 million users.

Rogers was repeatedly criticized for allowing police to use the site for purposes that his users didn’t agree to. In April, he and his business partner, John Olson, finally changed the site’s terms of service, drastically restricting the number of profiles available to law enforcement. The April 2019 change, which removed users from law enforcement searches unless they opted in, made cold cases much harder to crack.

Rogers urged his users to opt in.

“We are here for genealogists, not for law enforcement,” he told NBC News earlier this year. “On the other hand, law enforcement is here to stay. I feel a big obligation to make sure it’s used properly.”

Williams said Tuesday that Rogers’ more restrictive terms of service would remain in place.

He also said Verogen would work to improve the site’s security, an issue raised in October, when researchers at the University of Washington said they found GEDmatch was vulnerable to attacks that could mine the site for users’ sensitive information.

And Verogen plans to modernize GEDmatch and make it easier to use, Williams said.

Rogers declined to comment on the sale of his website. But in a letter to users, he said Verogen could run it better. He said he would remain involved “in all aspects of the business.”

He added: “Of course, I am hoping to have a little more time to pursue passions I haven’t been able to indulge in for years, including working on my own genealogy.”

It was not immediately clear how the ownership change would affect ongoing criminal cases that have relied on information from GEDmatch ─ or how having a for-profit forensics company running a genealogy site would be received by its users.

Only one other company, FamilyTreeDNA, a direct-to-consumer DNA service, allows law enforcement to search its database. Another, DNA Solves, was recently created by Othram, a private DNA lab, to collect profiles for law enforcement to search.

Colleen Fitzpatrick, a genetic genealogist who relies on GEDmatch, said it was too early to know the impact of the company’s change in ownership. “There are a lot of unanswered questions,” she said.

But Fitzpatrick, who co-founded the DNA Doe Project, which identifies unknown bodies, and runs IdentiFinders, which helps find suspects in old crimes, said she was happy for Rogers and Olson.

“They were under siege and very vulnerable and that meant that the database has been very vulnerable,” Fitzpatrick said. “I’m relieved, at least for now.”

Debbie Kennett, a British genealogist and blogger, said she thought Verogen would improve GEDmatch, but worried about commercial enterprises running all the DNA databases available to law enforcement.

“We still don’t have any protection about when law enforcement can use these databases,” she said. “It’s up to the companies’ terms and conditions. There should be an extra level of regulatory control and oversight.”

Former top Mexican cop charged with protecting El Chapos cartel

27 0 10 Dec 2019

A former top law enforcement official in the Mexican government was charged by the U.S. government with accepting millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing protection to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s notorious drug cartel.

Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, who served in a cabinet post overseeing Mexico’s federal police, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn last week on three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and one count of making false statements for his role in allowing the Sinaloa Cartel to operate “with impunity” in Mexico. He was arrested Monday in Dallas, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced Tuesday as it unsealed the indictment.

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“Today’s arrest demonstrates our resolve to bring to justice those who help cartels inflict devastating harm on the United States and Mexico, regardless of the positions they held while committing their crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue.

Garcia Luna served as Mexico’s secretary of public security from 2006 to 2012 and has been living in the U.S. since 2012. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years in prison and the maximum of a life sentence.

The Sinaloa Cartel “obtained safe passage for its drug shipments, sensitive law enforcement information about investigations into the Cartel, and information about rival drug cartels,” in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes to Garcia Luna, prosecutors said. This facilitated imports of “multi-ton quantities of cocaine and other drugs into the U.S.”

On two occasions Garcia Luna’s bribes arrived by courier — cartel members personally delivered briefcases containing $3 million to $5 million, prosecutors noted. By the time Garcia Luna left government and relocated to Florida, he had amassed a personal fortune worth millions of dollars, they said.

“The government has interviewed numerous other cooperating witnesses who have confirmed that the Cartel paid the defendant tens of millions of dollars over several years, in exchange for the defendant’s protection of the Cartel,” prosecutors said.

One of the most powerful drug cartels in the world, the Sinaloa Cartel is known for its violence and drug trafficking. Over the decades, the cartel has directed a multibillion-dollar narcotics trafficking empire, shipping huge quantities of drugs from Latin America into the U.S., including cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Prosecutors consider Garcia Luna a significant flight risk. “The defendant prioritized his personal greed over his sworn duties as a public servant, and assured the continued success and safety of one of the world’s most notorious trafficking organizations”, they wrote in a request to block bail.

Adiel Kaplan contributed.

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates should get probation, prosecutors say

22 0 10 Dec 2019

Federal prosecutors have told a judge they don’t oppose former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates’ request for probation when he’s sentenced next week — as long as he continues to cooperate with them.

Gates, who was Paul Manafort’s business partner and worked on the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty in February 2018 to conspiracy against the United States, lying to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and other related charges.

He testified against Manafort, and was also a key witness in the trials of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone and Greg Craig, a former White House counsel during the Obama administration turned private lawyer who was accused of lying to federal officials about work he did for Ukraine.

Manafort and Stone were both convicted, while Craig was acquitted.

In their sentencing memorandum, prosecutors said Gates “should be commended for standing up to provide information and public testimony against individuals such as Manafort, Craig, and Stone, knowing well that they enjoy support from the upper echelons of American politics and society.”

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“Gates received pressure not to cooperate with the government, including assurances of monetary assistance,” the court filing notes.

Prosecutors did not detail in their memo who had offered the “monetary assistance.”

The memo said Gates “has provided significant information contributing to the convictions of Manafort and Stone, and to other investigations that are ongoing.”

“Since entering his guilty plea, Gates has worked assiduously to provide truthful, complete, and reliable information to any government investigators who have asked to speak with him,” prosecutors said.

In their own filing, Gates’ lawyers asked the judge presiding over the case, Amy Berman Jackson, to sentence him to probation. They cited the extraordinary amount of time he spent cooperating with Mueller’s office.

“His time spent with OSC and other federal and state prosecution offices totals over five hundred hours. He has responded to three Congressional subpoenas and has been interviewed by Congressional staff. He has turned over documents at the request of each committee,” the filing notes. “While it is fair to contend that all his cooperation was ‘required’ of him, it is also fair to say that he embraced his obligations as part of a determined effort to redeem himself.”

He also acknowledged “he assisted Mr. Manafort in some of his criminal activity, and in the process he succumbed to temptation and engaged in unlawful conduct on a much smaller scale for his own benefit,” the filing says.

Under the terms of his deal with prosecutors, Gates faces up to 71 months in prison for pleading to two felony counts, but could also ask for probation without opposition if he “fully cooperates.”

Gates is due to be sentenced in Washington, D.C., federal court on Dec. 17.

Corbyns Labour Party might lose the U.K. elections, but anti-Semitism will still remain

22 0 10 Dec 2019

At no point in post-World War II British history has anti-Semitism seen the prominence in national politics that it has in the lead-up to Thursday’s general election. The British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is now widely considered to be, in the words of some of its own former members of Parliament, “institutionally anti-Semitic,” thrusting the issue of anti-Semitism into the spotlight and leaving Jews questioning their future if the party wins.

The specter of anti-Semitism shrouds Corbyn so thickly that nearly half of U.K. Jews told pollsters they would seriously consider leaving the country if he becomes prime minister. This response comes despite generations of Jews feeling secure and at home in Britain under Labour as well as Conservative governments.

In part, this is a story of a political accident, in which the Labour Party fell unexpectedly under the control of the radical left and its standard-bearer Jeremy Corbyn.

Moreover, even if Corbyn fails, as seems likely, his leadership has unleashed previously unthinkable attitudes on the British left that have made Jews deeply uncomfortable — and those odious sentiments and the unease they cause will not easily dissipate.

How is it that anti-Semitic attitudes have suddently become such a prominent political issue in Britain? Did Britain suddenly become anti-Semitic? Far from it. Anti-Defamation League surveys indexed anti-Semitic attitudes in Britain at just 11 percent in 2019, close to the U.S. at 10 percent and lower than France or Germany. Over the last two decades there have been more Israelis settling in London than British Jews leaving.

So how is Labour embroiled in anti-Semitism? In part, this is a story of a political accident, in which the Labour Party fell unexpectedly under the control of the radical left and its standard-bearer Jeremy Corbyn, who for more than 30 years was a mostly irrelevant MP on Labour’s far-left margins. Grey, aging, bearded and unfashionable, few outside parliament or the party had heard of him, and few who knew of him paid him attention.

But when Labour held a party leadership election in 2015 after successive general election defeats, Corbyn caught a wave. He used activist networks developed in the 2003 anti-Iraq War campaign and benefitted from short-sighted rule changes introduced by his predecessor to energize the party by allowing nonparty members to vote. His tirades against injustice and promises of radical change carried appealing authenticity, including for younger activists.

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So where do Jews come in? For many, this crumpled old lefty — who likes to speak of his lifelong opposition to racism — could not look less anti-Semitic. Jew hatred conjures images of far right attacks in the U.S. or Islamist animosity fueled by religious extremism.

Thankfully, far-right anti-Semitism has long been fairly marginal in mainstream British politics. And the European radical right tries to exploit antipathy towards Muslims more than Jews nowadays. When it comes to British Muslims, anti-Semitic attitudes are more prevalent among them than the general population, but that has not significatntly resonated with the dominant culture of either mainstream political party.

The left, however, harbors its own longstanding anti-Semitic traditions. In the 19th century, Jews were identified with international capitalism and finance; during the Cold War, Soviet propaganda tied these old myths to Zionism (the movement that created a Jewish nation-state in Israel, which almost all British Jews support).

Accordingly, many radical left activists in the U.K. — such as Corbyn, who became politically active in the late 1960s — saw Israel as a racist colonizer to be opposed along with the rest of Western imperial power, rather than an expression of Jewish self-determination and answer to persecution. Pro-Palestinian activism has long been a badge of identity for the left of the party, in contrast to the warmth towards Israel shown by centrist Labour leaders such as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Corbyn has a long record of associating with those expressing not mere criticism of Israel, which can be perfectly acceptable, but hatred of Israel and Jews, and even Holocaust denial. One infamous video shows the British politician describing Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” working for “long-term peace,” though both are openly committed to the destruction of Israel and murder of Jews, and proscribed as terror organizations by the U.S. and U.K.

In another, Corbyn reveals his own deep prejudices when he refers to “Zionists” who “having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, don’t understand English irony.” The implication is unmistakable: Even if born in England, Jews are not really English.

And he has allowed anti-Semitism by others in the party to go unchecked under his leadership. In 2016, for instance, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone repeated debunked accusations of collusion between Zionists and Nazis prior to World War II. These remarks would previously have been condemned without reservation, but Corbyn failed to insist on expelling Livingstone, signalling a permissive environment for such views.

Even more troubling is that the public outcry about Corbyn’s sentiments has led his supporters to dig in. Many Labour activists have come to regard charges of anti-Semitism made by the Jewish community as part of a politically motivated smear to discredit their leader.

That has contributed to normalizing appalling ideas among sections of the Labour ranks, and to a confusing public debate about what constitutes anti-Semitism. Since Corbyn became leader, examples of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic hate speech of the grossest form have ballooned among leftist activists, especially on social media, while many of those calling out anti-Semitism, Jewish and non-Jewish, have left the party in dispair.

Meanwhile, measures within Labour to expel offenders have been half-hearted. While Corbyn in 2018 said he was sorry for the hurt caused to many Jews, party whistleblowers claimed processes to expel offenders were held up. In a high-profile BBC election interview in November, Corbyn declined an invitation to apologize to the Jewish community.

Now the fear is a Corbyn-led government would not only be deeply hostile towards Israel, but list the Jewish community among its enemies, threatening both community morale and interests such as government support on security for Jewish institutions and Holocaust education.

The good news for British Jews and their many sympathizers across a wide spectrum of the media and politics is that Corbyn is unpopular. Though anti-Semitism is not a primary concern for most voters, it adds to Corbyn’s liabilities and widespread doubts about his suitability.

In a social media age of conspiracy theories on steroids, anti-Semitism — the most enduring of conspiracy theories — is surging on the British left.

However, even if Corbyn loses and is ultimately replaced, Labour has been transformed under his leadership: Its radical left wing now dominates the party machinery, significant numbers of moderates have left, and anti-Semitic attitudes have been unleashed. Some of his devotees will surely blame any loss on a conspiracy by the media, financial interests and, yes, British Jews.

In a social media age of conspiracy theories on steroids, anti-Semitism — the most enduring of conspiracy theories — is surging on the British left. British Jews can only hope that Corbyn will soon be replaced by someone less personally afflicted with anti-Semitic prejudices, and more capable of rooting out the poisonous strain of thinking that now infects the party.

Texas teen allegedly carved his name on girlfriends forehead

20 0 10 Dec 2019

A Texas teenager was arrested for physically assaulting his girlfriend, tying her up and using a knife to carve his name into her forehead, police said.

Jackub Jackson Hildreth, 19, allegedly attacked Catalina Mireles, 22, inside their San Antonio apartment on Dec. 5 because he was angry over her supposedly texting other men, according to an incident report.

When officers arrived at the apartment, Mireles was crying, shaking and covering her head with a towel. The word “Jack” was scratched into the right side of her forehead, the report said.

Jackub Jackson Hildreth.Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

She said he repeatedly punched her in the face, slapped her multiple times and used an extension cord to tie her hands and ankles together, according to the report.

He then grabbed a knife to etch his name into Mireles’ forehead. Police said she had “scratch marks with the word ‘Jack’ on the right side of her forehead” as well as “severe swelling to the right side of her face,” bruises underneath her eyes, a swollen lip and bruising on her neck from apparently being choked.

Mireles told police that Hildreth, who has prior arrests, untied her after she begged him multiple times to free her.

He left the apartment before police arrived but was later taken into custody two days later, on Saturday, and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Active shooter reported in Jersey City, New Jersey

20 0 10 Dec 2019

Law enforcement officials in Jersey City, New Jersey, were responding Tuesday to reports of an active shooter, NBC New York reported.

According to a preliminary investigation, a police officer was shot in the head and was listed in critical condition, a senior law enforcement official said. At least one suspect was holed up in a local store, sources said.

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SWAT officers and first responders rushed to the neighborhood near Martin Luther King Drive and Bidwell Avenue, about 8 miles southwest of Midtown Manhattan in New York City. News footage from the scene also showed that first responders included Hatzalah paramedics, who serve the orthodox Jewish community.

All schools schools in Jersey City were put on lockdown, while campuses in nearby Bayonne were under a “shelter in place” order as a precaution, officials said.

“All students and staff are safe however a number of schools are currently on” lockdown, the Jersey City School District tweeted at 1:30 p.m.

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SWAT teams with Jersey City and state police were among those responding Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Newark and the FBI were also on the scene.

This is a developing story, please refresh for updates.

Minyvonne Burke contributed.

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Bill Cosby loses appeal to overturn sexual assault conviction

26 0 10 Dec 2019

A Pennsylvania court on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby’s bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction, an appeal he had based on his contention that five additional accusers should not have been allowed to testify at his trial.

A primary argument by Cosby’s lawyers in the appeal was that accounts from the five other women were “strikingly dissimilar” to that of accuser Andrea Constand, thus making their testimony unfair and prejudicial.

In contrast, the Montgomery County judge in Cosby’s trial, Steven O’Neill, had said in a post-trial memo that the testimony of the additional women showed “chilling similarities” that pointed to a “signature” crime.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that O’Neill was right to allow their testimony, even if some of those “prior bad acts” took place as long as 22 years before Cosby’s assault of Constand.

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“Here, the time period in question is substantial, especially in relation to existing case law. Nevertheless, several factors tend to demonstrate” that the value of the “evidence remains strong, despite that substantial time gap,” the appeals court said, citing “distinctive similarities between the additional testimony and Cosby’s assault of Constand.

“Furthermore, there were multiple prior sexual assaults, not merely one, and all of those prior assaults evidenced the same, signature pattern of misconduct,” the appeals court said.

Cosby had also argued that he was hurt at trial by a deposition he gave in Constand’s civil lawsuit against him. The comic icon claimed he only consented to give that testimony because previous Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor had promised not to prosecute him.

The appeals court said Tuesday that “it is undisputed that no written, formalized non-prosecution agreement exists in this case.”

“Additionally, no order granting Appellant immunity from prosecution was previously sought by Appellant or Mr. Castor,” the appeals court added.

The 82-year-old Cosby has since September 2018 been serving a three- to 10-year term at a state prison near Philadelphia.

He was convicted on April 26, 2018, on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Constand, a former employee at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University.

She testified that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his suburban Philadelphia home in January 2004.

Cosby could still ask for relief from the state Supreme Court.

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Barr thinks FBI may have acted in bad faith in probing Trump campaigns links to Russia

23 0 10 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr said he still believes the FBI may have operated out of “bad faith” when it investigated whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, and he contends the FBI acted improperly by continuing the investigation after Donald Trump took office.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Barr essentially dismissed the findings of the Justice Department’s inspector general that there was no evidence of political bias in the launching of the Russia probe, saying that his hand-picked prosecutor, John Durham, will have the last word on the matter.

“I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press,” Barr said. “I think there were gross abuses…and inexplicable behavior that is intolerable in the FBI.”

“I think that leaves open the possibility that there was bad faith.”

Barr’s blistering criticism of the FBI’s conduct in the Russia investigation, which went well beyond the errors outlined in the inspector general report, is bound to stoke further controversy about whether the attorney general is acting in good faith, or as a political hatchet man for President Trump.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz, after reviewing a million documents and interviewing 100 people, concluded that he “did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open” the investigations into Trump campaign aides.

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But Barr argued that Horowitz didn’t look very hard, and that the inspector general accepted the FBI’s explanations at face value.

“All he said was, people gave me an explanation and I didn’t find anything to contradict it…he hasn’t decided the issue of improper motive,” Barr said. “I think we have to wait until the full investigation is done.”

Barr said he stood by his assertion that the Trump campaign was spied on, noting that the FBI used confidential informants who recorded conversations with Trump campaign officials.

“It was clearly spied upon,” he said. “That’s what electronic surveillance is … going through people’s emails, wiring people up.”

Barr portrayed the Russia investigation as a bogus endeavor that was foisted on Trump, rather than something undertaken by career civil servants who were concerned about whether a foreign power had compromised a political campaign.

“From a civil liberties standpoint, the greatest danger to our free system is that the incumbent government use the apparatus of the state … both to spy on political opponents but also to use them in a way that could affect the outcome of an election,” Barr said. He added that this was the first time in history that “counterintelligence techniques,” were used against a presidential campaign.

Barr said that presidential campaigns are frequently in contact with foreigners, contradicting the comments of numerous political professionals who have said for two years that there is rarely, if ever, a reason for a presidential campaign to be in touch with Russians.

But the biggest outrage, Barr said, is that the FBI’s “case collapsed after the election and they never told the court and they kept on getting these renewals.”

The inspector general report does not say the FBI’s Russia case collapsed after the election. It does say that the FBI interviewed some of the sources for the dossier written by a British operative who raised questions about his reporting. But by then, the investigation had moved well beyond anything in the dossier.

In indictments and the report written by special counsel Robert Mueller, prosecutors identified, by one count, 272 contacts between the Trump team and Russia-linked operatives, some of which have never been explained.

Mueller said he did not establish coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, but he also said the Trump team strategized about how to benefit from the fruits of Russia’s election interference, particularly the disclosures of hacked Democratic emails.

The recent trial of Trump operative Roger Stone showed the extent to which the Trump campaign was trying to get information from Wikileaks, which had been identified as working closely with Russian intelligence.

On Monday, Durham added his voice to Barr’s criticism of the IG report, saying, “Last month, we advised the inspector general that we do not agree with some of the report’s conclusions as to predication and how the F.B.I. case was opened.”

Barr said Durham’s much-criticized statement was appropriate.

“It was necessary to avoid public confusion,” he said. “It was sort of being reported by the press that the issue of predication was sort of done and over. I think it was important for people to understand that Durham’s work was not being preempted and that Durham was doing something different.”