Attorney General William Barr has formed a team to investigate how the FBIs counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began, according to CBS News.
Barr told Congress on Tuesday that he is “reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.”
Barrs inquiry is separate from a Justice Department inspector generals investigation into possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Barr said Tuesday that investigation will wrap up by May or June. He also said that he plans to release special counsel Robert Muellers report of the Russia probe within a week. (RELATED: DOJ Watchdog Scrutinizing FBI Informant Who Made Contact With Trump Campaign)
Barr is probing the FBIs standards for opening counterintelligence investigations, CBS reported.
The bureau opened its investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after receiving a tip from the Australian government regarding former Trump aide George Papadopoulos.
George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive at a U.S. district court for his sentencing in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 2018. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican lawmakers have long asked the Justice Department to investigate the FBIs activities leading up to the Trump campaign probe. The investigation ultimately led to no charges against any Trump associates for crimes related to RussRead More – Source