“Basic and fundamental” FBI errors cited by the Justice Department’s inspector general report on the Russia investigation raise questions about the accuracy of more than 1,000 annual wiretap applications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Attorney General William Barr said the FBI opened the Russia probe without good reason, pursued it after it collapsed and might have acted in bad faith. A former DOJ official said he was “eroding public confidence in the bureau.”
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to clear the FBI of partisan bias in the Russia investigation but to criticize the bureau for systemic failures in handling surveillance applications.
Attorney General William Barr spoke after two corrections officers were accused of sleeping and browsing the internet shopping for furniture and motorcycles instead of watching Jeffrey Epstein, who was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.
Most of the money goes to 6,000 local service programs, including children’s advocacy centers, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, human trafficking and elder abuse programs, civil legal services and crime victims’ rights enforcement.
Attorney General William Barr’s expanding review of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe has turned into into a criminal investigation, giving a federal prosecutor who is leading the inquiry the ability to subpoena witnesses and use a grand jury.
Attorney General William Barr has held private meetings overseas with foreign intelligence officials seeking help in a Justice Department inquiry that President Trump hopes will discredit U.S. intelligence agencies’ examination of possible connections between Russia and members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump told Ukraine’s president that he would have both personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Attorney general William Barr investigate rival Joe Biden. Barr was “surprised and angry” that he was lumped in with Giuliani.