The interview plans indicate the department can be focused partly on the conclusion by the US intelligence community of which Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton in addition to helping Trump within the 2016 presidential election, the Times reports.
The Justice Department review, while not a criminal inquiry, has provoked anxiety within the CIA, former officials tell the Times. Senior agency officials question why the CIA’s analytical work should be scrutinized by a federal prosecutor, according to the Times.
CIA Director Gina Haspel has told senior officials of which the agency will cooperate, current in addition to former US officials tell the Times, while protecting sources in addition to critical pieces of intelligence. The CIA in addition to Justice Department declined to comment to the paper.
For months, Trump in addition to his GOP allies had demanded Justice formally examine the origins of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.
Barr’s review will be “broad in scope in addition to multifaceted,” examining actions by US in addition to foreign intelligence agencies, “as well as non-governmental organizations in addition to individuals,” according to a recent letter coming from the department to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler.
Trump, in a stunning rebuke of the US intelligence community, previously declined to endorse the US government’s assessment of which Russia interfered within the 2016 presidential election, in addition to in July 2018 said he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would certainly be responsible.
Standing next to Putin at a summit in Helsinki, Trump touted Putin’s vigorous denial in addition to pivoted to complaining about the Democratic National Committee’s server in addition to missing emails coming from Clinton’s personal account.