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Attorney General William Barr sits down with Bill Hemmer to discuss the anti-Trump Steele dossier of intel officials.
Attorney General Bill Barr, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, revealed that the recently announced review of the origin of the Russian probe will focus in part to a controversial briefing that the intelligence of the officials of the President Trump gave shortly before his assumption of office in 2017.
Barr Fox News’ Bill Hemmer in an interview, said will be broadcast on Friday, that part of the meeting, he has lead tipped US attorney John Durham, would be, for the period between the election day and the day of the inauguration of the President, said: “some of the strange developments” took place during this time.
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Barr specifically referring to the early January 2017 briefing intelligence officers, the then President-elect Trump in the Trump Tower, “the leakage of information after this meeting.” At this meeting, Trump was informed of the manipulation of intelligence and law enforcement authorities of the Russian elections — and was also the salacious allegations against him informed of the contain from the former FBI Director, James Comey about the now-infamous anti-Trump-dossier. Details later leaked to the press.
“This is one of the things … we need to look at,” Barr told the briefing.
Earlier this week, the former FBI general counsel James Baker said he and other officials were “very concerned” that it could be the Comey appearance was trying to blackmail Trump, as he first said to him, about the allegations in the dossier. Baker, in an episode of Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” said “analogies” were made to J. Edgar Hoover–a former FBI Director, the needs are known to abuse his power to blackmail individuals.
“We were very concerned about the Hoover analogies, and we were determined to pass such a disaster, on our watch,” Baker said, to convey the hope, the future President, that you do not want to continue the “legacy” of Hoover’s blackmail.
Baker could not remember the moment when he for the first time on the Steele dossier, but he remembers the bureau to take it “seriously” and said they were committed to “deal with it” and determine whether something was true, but insisted that you accept “as gospel.” He did, however, believe that Trump had informed about the documents because it was “to disclose this to the press.”
For the dossier itself, Barr said he was not “sure what role it played,” but it is part of the review.
“It is a very unusual situation to be in, opposition research as the mainly a, the, had on his face, said a number of clear errors, and in a somewhat jejune analysis,” Barr. “And on, and use it to conduct counter—espionage against an American political campaign, a strange-would be a strange development to bring.”
With Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report now complete, the attorney General opened a new phase in the pursuit of a formal review of the implementation of the original investigation. Earlier this week it was announced that Barr had appointed Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, to study — to cover “all message service activities” in connection with the trump campaign during the 2016 presidential elections, and the failure in the early stages of FBI-original-Russia-tube.
It is expected that the focus on the period prior to Nov. 7, 2016, including the use of FBI informants, as well as allegedly improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.
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A source told Fox News that Barr is working “together” on Durham ‘ s investigation, with FBI Director Chris Wray, Director of the CIA, Gina reel, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. Durham is also working with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is currently investigating allegations of FISA abuse and the role of the FBI informants in the early stages of the Russia-investigation.
“The first step is to find out what exactly happened and we will try our arms to speak that all of the relevant information from the various institutions, and began, some of the people who have information,” Barr Hemmer said.
While the decision for a review has asked to the origins of the investigation, harsh criticism from Democrats, who accused before him as President of the lawyer, Barr argues, there is still much to learn.
“I think there is a misunderstanding, we know a lot about what happened,” he said.
“The fact of the matter is that Bob Mueller has activities not only of the government. He was on the search, whether or not the trump campaign had alo with the Russians. But he was not to go back and look at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations in progress, the touch-the biggest is the office of inspector general, certificates of the views of the FISA option.”
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.