Attorney General William Barr has formed a team of Justice Department members to examine how the FBI counterintelligence probe into alleged connections between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government started, CNN reports.
The news, which came from a US official, will likely be very welcomed by the President, who has both repeatedly and recently called for an investigation into the investigation. It will also likely raise skepticism from critics who fear that Barr is under Trump's complete control, given his underwhelming lack of transparency following the Mueller probe, where he gave Congress a vague, four-page summary of the nearly 400-page report.
Bloomberg first reported Barr's investigation, and the attorney general will likely face further questions from lawmakers on Wednesday's Senate appropriations hearing. On Tuesday, during his House appropriations hearing, he briefly hinted to his own review.
"I am 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," he told lawmakers.
The US official who wished to remain anonymous told CNN that Barr's upcoming investigation will be separate from ongoing efforts performed by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog. But the official could neither elaborate on the exact details of Barr's review nor say how US Attorney John Huber's work, which also looking into surveillance matters, ties in.