AG Barr: Trump-Russia Origins Investigation is 'Looking at Private Actors'
John Durham’s investigation of the Trump-Russia probe origins is looking outside FBI
Attorney General William Barr has revealed that the ongoing investigation into the origins of the anti-Trump Russia probe is now also "looking at" other agencies, outside of the FBI, along with "private actors."
During a Wednesday interview on Fox News, AG Barr provided new details of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
The attorney general said that the federal prosecutor has now expanded the investigation outside of the FBI.
“He’s not just looking at the FBI,” Barr said when asked about Durham.
“He’s looking at other agencies … and also private actors, so it’s a much broader investigation.”
Barr didn't elaborate on which “private actors” are part of Durham's investigations.
According to the Daily Caller, Barr tapped Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, in May to investigate federal agencies’ surveillance and investigative activities related to the Trump campaign.
Durham’s probe has run parallel to a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, found extensive evidence of “significant inaccuracies” in the FBI’s applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page.
The applications, which relied heavily on information from the unverified Steele dossier, asserted there was probable cause to suspect that Page was a Russian agent.
Horowitz found the FBI failed to disclose exculpatory information about Page and derogatory information about Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the dossier.
Steele worked in 2016 on behalf of Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee.
Horowitz’s report debunked one of the Steele dossier’s main allegations of Trump-Russia collusion: that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin operatives to discuss paying off hackers.
The report said the allegation was “not true.”
Horowitz also said the FBI was unable to corroborate Steele’s allegations that Page was part of a “well-developed conspiracy of co-operation” involving the Trump campaign and Russia.
Steele told the FBI in early October 2016 that he believed one of the main sources for the allegation was a “boaster” prone to embellishment.
Barr said Wednesday that Durham is looking at issues beyond the FBI’s FISA applications.
“Also, he’s not just looking at the FISA aspect of it,” Barr said.
"He is looking at all the conduct both before and after the election."