Bloomberg reported Tuesday evening that Barr has assembled a team to review certain counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and FBI officials including during the probe into Trump’s campaign during the election in the summer of 2016.
Barr had testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday that he was reviewing “conduct” from around that period.
“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 said.
News of the review comes following the conclusion of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE ‘s nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
Barr’s review is reportedly separate from the current investigation being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general’s office, Bloomberg reported.
The attorney general said during his testimony that he expects the internal inspector general review to be completed by May or June.
Republicans have long argued that anti-Trump bias at the FBI triggered the investigation and the “Steele Dossier,” controversial opposition research conducted on the Trump campaign.
Trump and his allies have claimed that the dossier was used to obtain a secret warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, Bloomberg noted.
Mueller concluded his investigation last month and Barr summarized the contents in a March 24 letter, revealing that the special counsel did not “establish” that associates or members of the Trump campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government.
Barr’s summary noted that Mueller did not make judgement on whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr wrote that he and Deputy Attorney General reviewed the evidence and determined it insufficient to accuse Trump of obstructing the investigation.
Bar told lawmakers during his Tuesday testimony that he will release a public version of Muller’s report “within a week.”