Barr 'disagrees' with DOJ watchdog report that says Russian Federation probe was justified

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

Barr's issue with the report is said to center on Horowitz's conclusion that the FBI had enough information to open an investigation into Trump campaign members in July 2016. Horowitz's 400-page report, the culmination of a almost two-year investigation, will be released December 9; he will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11.

"Barr's divisive comments are unworthy of an [attorney general]", former United States Attorney Barbara McQuade tweeted on Wednesday. "His excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves".

"Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week, watch the Inspector General’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and draw their own conclusions about these important matters", Kupec continued. Horowitz, however, can not be told to change his report because the inspector general works independently from the Department of Justice.

Barr was speaking at the third annual Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Policing when he compared police officers to war veterans and called on citizens to show them comparable respect.

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Horowitz's jurisdiction extends only to the Justice Department and its agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the inspector general investigators didn't speak to intelligence agency employees.

The highly-anticipated report is expected to drop next week. The threshold of evidence needed to open a counterintelligence investigation is relatively low, and Barr has suggested that the department may need to tighten procedures for counterintelligence investigations that involve political campaigns. It isn't clear whether Barr will publicly express his disagreement with Horowitz, or how - he could rebut Horowitz in the written response the Justice Department typically appends to such reports, or he could make a public statement.

On "Your World", Hemingway told host Neil Cavuto that CT U.S. Attorney John Durham's ongoing and more expansive probe into the origins of the Russian Federation probe should be more "interesting".

A draft version of the report is floating through the law enforcement agency and is being sent to witnesses and offices Horowitz investigated.

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