During testimony Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr revealed that he is reviewing the “conduct” of the FBI’s original Russia investigation which started during the summer of 2016.
Barr explained that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has a pending investigation into the FISA warrants and said the probe will be complete by May or June. He then confirmed he’s personally reviewing the investigation itself, according to Fox News.
“More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr testified.
Barr was asked if he knew about the Nunes’ referrals, Barr said he hasn’t seen them yet, but, “Obviously, if there is a predicate for investigation, it will be conducted.”
Barr’s review could dovetail with the work U.S. Attorney John Huber has been doing. In 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Huber to review not only alleged surveillance abuses by the Justice Department and the FBI but also the handling of the probe into the Clinton Foundation and other matters.
Barr also discussed releasing he Mueller Report and provided a time table.
“Right now the special counsel is working with us. This process is going along very well and my original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands,” Barr testified. “From my standpoint, within a week, I will be in a position to release the report to the public and then I will engage with both chairmen of Judiciary Committees on any requests that they have.”
Earlier in the week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said his panel would investigate alleged FISA abuses at the start of the Russia investigation and called on Barr to appoint a new special counsel to investigate “the other side of the story.”
This received glowing support from the President.