DOJ to interview CIA officers on Russian interference conclusions: Report

DOJ to interview CIA officers on Russian interference conclusions: Report
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The Justice Department plans to interview senior CIA officers as part of its investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times.

CIA Director Gina HaspelGina Cheri HaspelDOJ to interview CIA officers on Russian interference conclusions: Report DOJ to interview CIA officers on Russian interference conclusions: Report Why intelligence officials need to brief Congress on Iranian threats MORE has told senior officials that while the CIA plans to cooperate, it will protect information that could place sources or collection methods at risk, the newspaper reported, citing current and former American officials.

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The Department of Justice has not filed formal written requests to talk to the officers, but intelligence officials have been informed that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrTrump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Cummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question MORE has assigned the United States attorney in Connecticut, John H. Durham, to seek the interviews, according to the Times.

Haspel does not plan to block the interviews and has told officers it will be possible to talk with Durham without risking agency secrets.

Barr is reportedly seeking further information on how the agency concluded Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinProgressive nonprofits sue White House over missing notes from Putin meeting Progressive nonprofits sue White House over missing notes from Putin meeting Russian lawmakers back Putin on withdrawal from nuclear arms treaty MORE ordered Russian operatives to aid President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE’s 2016 campaign and damage that of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE, according to the Times, citing current and former officials.

Specifically, Barr wants more information about the CIA sources the agency relied on in analyzing Russian interference as well as the intelligence pathways between the CIA and the FBI in the summer of 2016, according to the newspaper.

One senior analyst Barr is seeking to question was involved in agency assessments of Russian activities in 2016, according to the Times, citing people familiar with the inquiry.

Durham’s inquiry is not criminal in nature, but he will have the authority to investigate criminal wrongdoing if he finds any, according to the Times.

Durham has investigated the CIA and Haspel specifically before and has twice concluded probes by exonerating agency officials.

The FBI and CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.