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Barr says some results on probe into Russia investigation could be released before election

Attorney General William Barr said he could reveal at least some findings of a federal prosecutor’s examination of the origins of the Russia investigation before the November general elections. 

Speaking at a roundtable in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Thursday, Barr said that U.S. Attorney John Durham, whom Barr appointed to review the origins of the Russia probe, “is moving along purposefully, and we certainly are aware of the calendar,” The Wall Street Journal reported. 

“We’ll develop this case to the extent we can before the election, and we’ll use our prudent judgment to decide what’s appropriate before the election and what should wait until after the election,” Barr said. 

Barr said on Fox News Thursday evening that there will be “a development” in the investigation on Friday.

Durham’s investigation follows Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report that found “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in the FBI’s application to a court to obtain permission to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. 

But the report also determined the FBI’s decision to investigate the campaign was not motivated by political bias, as President Trump has suggested. The president voiced his impatience with the speed of the investigation on Thursday.

“Bill Barr has the chance to be the greatest of all time. But if he wants to be politically correct, he’ll be just another guy because he knows all the answers, he knows what they have,” Trump said on Fox News.

According to the Journal, Barr said in Wyoming that what the president says has little to do with the investigation itself. 

“Do people think I care about being politically correct?” Barr said.

Tags 2020 election Attorney general Donald Trump FISA warrants John Durham Russia Investigation William Barr

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