Bill Barr has stepped outside the U.S. Attorney General’s traditional role to run political interference for Donald Trump, barreling through Europe and alarming U.S. allies in a Quixotic quest to upend his own government.
Barr has been working at the behest of the White House on an investigation widely viewed as an effort to overturn US intelligence service findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to aid Trump.
He’s attempted to enlist intelligence services in the United Kingdom, Italy and other countries to shift the blame for foreign meddling away from Russia.
He’s trying to flesh out an unfounded conspiracy theory that Ukraine was actually behind the election interference to elect Trump rival Hillary Clinton and set up Russia to take the fall.
The theory is counter to the conclusions of every single U.S. intelligence agency and the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller.
But Barr is in a race against time.
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