Attorney General Barr Scrutinizing FBI Conduct in Russia Probe

  • 2019-04-09
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Attorney General William Barr revealed he is reviewing the "conduct" of federal agents during the FBI's Russia investigation going back to the summer of 2016, following pleas from congressional Republicans to investigate the probe's origins. (Fox News)
 

Barr testified before a congressional panel in what was his first Capitol Hill appearance since revealing the central findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Barr was grilled by Democrats on the handling of that summary, which stated the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election -- but he was also questioned about the initial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants approved to surveil members of the Trump campaign.

Barr explained that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has a pending investigation into the FISA warrants and said the probe will be complete by May or June. He then confirmed he's personally reviewing the investigation itself.

“More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr testified.

The comments come after House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said over the weekend he was preparing to send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week regarding alleged misconduct by DOJ and FBI officials during the Trump-Russia investigation. It is unclear whom Nunes will refer for investigation, and what the process at the Justice Department might be.


Republicans, from President Trump on down, have repeatedly called for an investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.
 Source: AAN
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