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Attorney General William Barr reportedly has taken issue with a key claim made by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in his soon-to-be released report on possible FBI misconduct toward the Trump campaign in 2016.

Barr has told associates that he disagrees with the conclusion that “the FBI had enough information in July 2016 to justify launching an investigation into members of the Trump campaign,” The Washington Post reported, citing numerous sources that were familiar with the matter.

“Barr has not been swayed by Horowitz’s rationale for concluding the FBI had sufficient basis to open an investigation on July 31, 2016,” The Post continued.

“The attorney general has privately contended that Horowitz does not have enough information to reach the conclusion the FBI had enough details in hand at the time to justify opening such a probe. He argues that other U.S. agencies, such as the CIA, may hold significant information that could alter Horowitz’s conclusion on that point, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”

The Post notes that the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign was launched after then-Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos made statements to Clinton-connected Australian diplomat Alexander Downer about Clinton’s emails.

Papadopoulos responded to The Post’s report by writing on Twitter: “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!”

In late November, CNN reported that an FBI official is under criminal investigation for allegedly altering a document that was key to the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump 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.”

It is important to note that the IG report from Horowitz — who will testify in front of Congress next week — is separate from the criminal investigation that U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting on the origins of the Russia investigation.

At the end of October, The New York Times reported that Durham’s probe had shifted from an administrative review into a full fledged criminal investigation due to the amount of evidence that was being uncovered.

“Mr. Durham has indicated he wants to interview former officials who ran the C.I.A. in 2016 but has yet to question either Mr. Brennan or James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence,” The Times reported. “Some C.I.A. officials have retained criminal lawyers in anticipation of being interviewed.”

  • Errol Musk says:

    Sh.t, this IG Report is going to be another pathetic cover-up of crooked things that were blatantly obvious, even to a 12 year old.

    How stupid do they think people are? Obviously, they think people are VERY stupid.

    • Bob says:

      He found his suicide letter

    • Daniel Brofford says:

      Why do we allow friends to investigate friends?? That’s what I want to know Errol. Do people really think that I would investigate a friend just like I would someone I didn’t know? What they do is appoint a IG then go around and introduce him to every big wig in the Agency. Hey this is so and so and this over here is so and so if anything happens it will be your job to investigate and see if these people That i just introduced you to and you will be going to lunch with and golfing with and going to functions with and meeting all of their families but it will be your job to see if they did anything wrong. Oh yeah that works just great. Yeah I feel really good about how any investigation would turn out if something seemed a little crooked. I just know this guy would get to the bottom of any corruption and the criminal would pay. Yes sir. It’s time to take this government down and start over. If we don’t hurry up and use the 2nd amendment for what the founders gave it to us for we will lose everything.

    • kodster says:

      Trust Horowitz.
      Trust Durham. Durham has ALL the evidence, based upon the tips that Horowitz provided.

      Horowitz’s report will be a let-down, until Durham comes along with the supporting evidence that he has gathered, putting the whole picture together as a criminal conspiracy against Donald Trump and other 2016 Republican candidates (Ted Cruz, namely, because he’s not a part of the Cabal, either… not a game player like the rest of the candidates were). Horowitz doesn’t have the prosecutorial authority that Durham does. Hence, why Huber and Durham are working quietly in the background. These two are the ones that the Democrats fear the most, as they are the ones that can issue the arrest warrants against them. Durham’s report and go-ahead with the arrests will come shortly after Horowitz testifies on the 11th. Huber and his team of 470 attorneys, in Utah, are wrapping up the Clinton Foundation unsnarling, to show their criminal activities, including the Russia hoax that Durham has been investigating. This is a multi-pronged investigation into the whole web of deceit that the Democrats have woven.

      • sepepper says:

        I sincerely hope that the investigation into the Clinton Foundation will finally produce actual indictments. Bill and/or Hillary, and now Chelsea are (or should be) legitimate suspects. None of them can pass off liability by claiming they didn’t know anything– ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially Bill and Hillary who are both lawyers. If any of US had been the United States Secretary of State, and knowingly diverted sensitive/classified government email communication over to a private (i.e. NON-authorized, NON-government) server, we would all be thrown in jail as soon as that was discovered, probably at 3 a.m. by a SWAT team as happened to Roger Stone.

  • Big Montana says:

    Look suspiciously like the IG is corrupt and should be investigated also.

  • yankeeyob says:

    Why are folks giving these leaks so much credibility? As it looks both Brennan and Comey claimed they have “no idea” where Hillary’s Urine-Dossier came from. So chances are there is perjury right there

  • Evangeline says:

    AG Barr said the evidence Horowitz hasn’t seen yet could alter his conclusion? Let’s hope he sees it before he releases his conclusion and not after. I feel good that Barr will make him see it.

  • Matt says:

    Why would the CIA officers attempt to hide behind criminal lawyers?

    After all, as Nancy Pelosi has said: “If they are innocent, why would they need to hide?”

  • Wilson says:

    Watch the CIA stage Pilosi’s death having it look like she was drunken behind the wheel and had an “accident” crashing in to Warren’s tee-pee.

  • CF