Attorney General Barr is rejecting a key finding in the Justice Department’s inspector general’s report on the Russia probe, The Washington Post reported Monday.
People familiar with the matter told The Post that Barr said he does not agree with the report’s finding that the FBI had enough intelligence to initiate an investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016.
The long-awaited report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to be made public in a week. But a draft is being discussed behind the scenes, and the attorney general reportedly is not persuaded that the FBI investigation was justified.
The drafted report is now being finalized and shown to the witnesses and offices investigated by Horowitz.
People familiar with the matter told the newspaper that Barr believes information from other agencies like the CIA could change Horowitz’s finding that the investigation was warranted.
The Post noted it was unclear how Barr will voice his disagreement with the report finding. The department typically includes a formal letter response in inspector general reports, but Barr could also speak out publicly.
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