Attorney General wants to know if anti-Trump bias drove use of Steele dossier to get FISA warrant…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Attorney General William Barr has asked the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to look into the origins of the Russia-Gate hoax and the Department of Justice’s role in it, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
John H. Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, will look into how the Russia investigation into alleged ties between President Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Kremlin originated, according to the New York Times.
The investigation fell flat on its face after special counsel Robert Mueller, who had been looking into the alleged collusion since Trump took office, declared that no collusion had ever taken place.
The DOJ and FBI were instrumental in starting the investigation, likely due to political bias.
Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general of the FBI, is examining investigators’ use of wiretaps and informants during the investigation after evidence emerged that several FBI officials conspired to kick Trump out of office.
Horowitz is also reportedly investigating how the FBI handled Christopher Steele, the British spy who created the now-infamous Steele dossier.
Investigators cited the dossier, which was proved to be faulty and unreliable, throughout the investigation.
Barr has signaled concern about the DOJ and FBI’s biased surveillance of Trump associates.
“I think spying did occur,” he said during his congressional testimony. “The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.”
James Baker, who was the FBI’s general counsel in 2016, told the Lawfare podcast that the Mueller report affirmed that the Russia investigation was predicated on legitimate factors.
“It would have been highly, highly inappropriate for us not to pursue it — and pursue it aggressively,” Baker said.