Fact-checking Trump’s DOJ IG report claims 06:03
Washington (CNN)A clearer picture of the next charged investigation into the FBI’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election is emerging, and President Donald Trump is already cashing in on suggestions that it could reveal damning accusations of bias by law enforcement and intelligence officials that last week’s inspector general report debunked.
The probe by federal prosecutor John Durham is now said to be wrapped up as soon as springtime and Justice Department officials in recent days indicated that Durham will dig deeper and cut harder on questions that Michael Horowitz, the department’s independent watchdog, already asked.
Attorney General William Barr, long a skeptic of the FBI’s tactics in operation “Crossfire Hurricane,” has boosted Durham’s access to foreign governments and US intelligence agencies, leaving some Democrats suspicious of potential political influence on the investigation.
Horowitz last week said his office found no evidence the FBI had improper motive in launching Crossfire Hurricane or carrying out certain investigative steps, but also detailed a series of errors by the FBI as they sought out intrusive surveillance measures.