Attorney General William Barr’s decision to review the FBI’s original 2016 Russia collusion investigation is bad news for former FBI Director James Comey, who may face indictment.
On Tuesday, Barr told a congressional panel that in addition to a pending Justice Department investigation into the FISA warrants that allowed the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign, he is personally looking into the Bureau’s “conduct” during that period.
“More generally, I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested Barr should appoint a new special counsel for the investigation —an idea President Trump received with enthusiasm.
If Barr’s investigation uncovers wrongdoing, this could implicate Comey, who served as Director during the time when the first Russia investigation was opened.
Since his firing by Trump, Comey has been dogged by suspicions of foul play, not only because of the fraudulent Steele dossier that was promoted under his watch, but also because of his kid glove treatment of Hillary Clinton after she violated federal law with her private email server.
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