Barr to Examine Beginning of 2016 Russia Probe

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Attorney General William Barr has formed a team at the Justice Department to examine the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the Wall Street Journal reports. The issue has been a longstanding grievance among Republicans who allege law enforcement officials and prosecutors abused their authority at the start of the investigation. Barr told a House committee Tuesday he was “trying to get my arms around all aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”

The review is separate from a similar investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into whether the FBI and federal prosecutors abused their authority in obtaining warrants from the nation’s secret spy court to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Barr said that inquiry would be complete by May or June. Barr could face questions about the new team in a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee to discuss the Justice Department’s budget.

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