The Washington Post is now reporting that Attorney General William Barr is now disputing the inspector general’s finding that the FBI was justified in its opening of the probe of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
It is not known how clear Barr’s plans to make this objection to the Horowitz conclusion is known. The IG report is currently in draft form and has been looked over for declassification by the Justice Department and the FBI.
According to the Post, Barr told associates that he disagrees with Justice Department findings that the FBI had enough information as of July 2016 to open the investigation into members of the Trump campaign, said sources familiar with the matter.
The Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz is now due in about a week, but allegedly the Justice Department has disagreed with one of the major findings of the report that the FBI was right to open the investigation.
Barr is allegedly unswayed by Horowitz’ rationale for concluding that the FBI had enough of a claim to open the investigation in July 31, 2016.
The Horowitz report is different than the criminal investigation being carried out by U.S. attorney John Durham.
Former Trump campaign official George Papadopoulous responded to the report saying, “It’s not difficult to understand why the Attorney General is objecting to Australia’s version. Truth is Australia was spying on me in London to set up Trump. Durham has been interviewing both Israeli and Australian officials who know EXACTLY who Alexander Downer’s handlers were!”
It’s not difficult to understand why the Attorney General is objecting to Australia’s version. Truth is Australia was spying on me in London to set up Trump. Durham has been interviewing both Israeli and Australian officials who know EXACTLY who Alexander Downer’s handlers were!
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) December 3, 2019
CNN recently reported that a FBI official is under criminal investigation for altering the documents that were central to the FBI’s surveillance of the campaign.
“The finding is expected to be part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of the FBI’s effort to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide,” CNN reported. “Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham, the federal prosecutor appointed early this year by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a broad investigation of intelligence gathered for the Russia probe by the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI. The altered document is also at least one focus of Durham’s criminal probe.”