A top Republican investigator who is Donald Trump’s pick to be National Intelligence Director accused Barack Obama’s administration of committing crimes during a bombshell interview over the weekend.
The Washington Examiner reported that Ratcliffe said in the interview that Trump’s Justice Department will be going after anyone who committed crimes during the Trump-Russia investigation. He added that it has already become clear that there were crimes committed by people during the Obama administration, including government officials.
“I think the first thing we need to do is make sure we don’t do what the Democrats have done,” Ratcliffe told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “They accused Donald Trump of a crime and then they try and reverse engineer a process to justify that accusation. So I’m not going to accuse any specific person of any specific crime, I just want there to be a fair process to get there. What I do know as a former federal prosecutor is that it does appear that there were crimes committed during the Obama administration.”
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Ratcliffe went on to mention Robert Mueller’s testimony last week.
“Now the things that Bob Mueller said he didn’t know about and his team clearly didn’t look at, those are things that would be fair for Bill Barr and the Department of Justice to look at. Because we know that things happened in the Obama administration that haven’t been answered. There’s been no accountability for that yet,” Ratcliffe continued.
“Well, the special counsel told us … that they didn’t do it. And if they didn’t do it, the only place we can get the answers is from the Justice Department right now,” he added. “The American people want that. Their faith and trust, Maria, has been shaken in our Justice Department, and the only way to get that back is for there to be real accountability with a very fair process. Again, I have supreme confidence in Bill Barr’s ability to deliver that. And at the end of the day, wherever the outcome may be, as long as we know that the process was fair, the evaluation was fair, justice will be done. Look, the truth always defends itself.”
This interview came hours before Trump named Ratcliffe as his pick to replace outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. The Texas Republican concluded by saying that he is confident that the Justice Department will get to the bottom of what happened during the Trump-Russia investigation.
“I trust, because Bill Barr has earned my trust already and the trust of the American people, that there’ll be a fair process with John Durham and with Michael Horowitz to get answers to that and provide accountability where it really belongs,” he said.