Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian: Barr’s ‘investigation of investigators’ sparks fears for efforts to thwart Russia

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Investigation into Mueller report origins could hamper attempts to combat Kremlin meddling in 2020 election, ex-officials say

Attorney general William Barr’s controversial decision to launch a new inquiry into the origins of the FBI’s 2016 Russia investigation has fueled concerns about the politicization of the justice department and could hamper attempts to combat Kremlin meddling in the 2020 election, say ex-top DoJ and CIA officials, and key Democrats.

Critics say that Barr’s investigation – which partially overlaps another one by the DoJ’s own inspector general – will probably be used by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to fuel attacks on the special counsel Robert Mueller’s critical conclusions about Russian interference in the 2016 election and subsequent obstruction efforts by the president.

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I’m deeply concerned that the president and the attorney general seem determined to weaponize and politicize intelligence that people risk their lives to obtain

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Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian


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