Bernstein appeared to be referencing the Justice Department’s review of the origins of the Russia investigation being led by U.S. Attorney John Durham, examining whether there was any misconduct by Justice Department and FBI officials.
Barr said in May that Mueller did not assess the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation, which is what he is doing now. “We should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale,” he told Fox News.
Democrats have expressed alarm with the DOJ inquiry, particularly after Trump granted Barr broad authority to declassify information related to the federal investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. For instance, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler called the move part of a “plot to dirty up the intelligence community, to pretend that there’s something wrong with the beginning of the Mueller investigation and to persecute and bring into line the intelligence agencies.”
Republicans have applauded the DOJ inquiry, touting it as a means to achieve accountability and restore faith in the U.S. law enforcement community.