As congressional democrats continue to squabble with the Justice Department over the aftermath of the Mueller report, Attorney General Bill Barr is getting ready to get to the bottom of the now-infamous report’s beginnings.
Currently, the Attorney General is facing a charge of contempt of congress for his unwillingness to release the full, un-redacted version of the Mueller report to Congress. The AG further escalated the emotions of the liberal wing of government by refusing to testify before Congress just weeks ago, despite Congress’ belief that he had a legal obligation to do so.
The left is currently mulling over their options to proceed, with the arrest of Bill Barr by the Capitol Sergeant at Arms becoming an increasingly popular possibility among democrats.
In the meantime, however, Barr and his team are getting to work at uncovering the origins of the report itself, and whether or not any improper behavior on the part of our own government occurred.
Attorney General William Barr is working closely with the CIA to review the origins of the Russia investigation and surveillance issues surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter, broadening an effort that the President has long demanded to involve all major national security agencies.
Barr is working in close collaboration with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the source said.
There had been speculation as to why Haspel had been spotted at the Justice Department in recent weeks. Wray testified last week he was assisting Barr.
Trump often called for the Justice Department and others to review how the FBI began investigating the connection between his campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 election. He told reporters Tuesday he did not direct Barr to call on intelligence agencies to join his review of the Russia probe.
The President had this to say about the latest move by Barr:
“I didn’t ask him to do that,” Trump said at the White House ahead of his departure to Louisiana. “I didn’t know it.”
“But I think it’s a great thing that he did it. I saw it last night, and they want to look at how that whole hoax got started,” he continued. “You know what? I am so proud of our attorney general, that he is looking into it. I think it’s great.”
The move is sure to irk democrats, who are caught between a rock and hard place should they fail to produce significant results in their quest, on the even of the 2020 presidential election.
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