Report: Barr says review of Russia investigation won't be ready before election

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Trump: Washington/Lincoln ticket would have had hard time beating me before pandemic Trump says Barr 'never' told him he thought he'd lose election MORE has reportedly told top Republican officials that the Justice Department’s report on the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will not be released prior to Election Day, according to Axios

A senior White House official and a congressional aide informed Axios of the remarks, with one source saying that U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamGarland stresses independence in first speech at DOJ Senate votes to confirm Garland as attorney general Special counsel investigating Russia probe to retire as US attorney MORE, who is leading the report, is not concerned with adhering to political pressure to complete the study by a certain deadline, adding that Durham is working deliberately and in a calculated manner.

This news comes as many Republicans hoped the report would reveal abuses by the Obama administration and intelligence community that could give the party a boost on Nov. 3. 

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“This is the nightmare scenario. Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn't happen before the election," a GOP congressional aide reportedly the publication.

Both the Justice Department and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The report comes as President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Thursday took aim at Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions MORE and Attorney General William Barr, as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, during an interview on Fox Business, with the president arguing that the three officials have not moved fast enough in their findings on his political opponents.

Trump referred specifically to former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE’s lack of consequences for using a private email server, as well as the Obama administration’s involvement in the Russia investigation. 

"To be honest, Bill Barr is going to go down as either the greatest attorney general in the history of the country or he’s going to go down as, you know, a very sad situation," Trump told host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoGraham says he'd 'leave town' to stop .5T spending plan The Memo: Trump pours gas on tribalism with Jan. 6 rewrite Trump: Tech giants 'immune from so many different things, but they're not immune from the lawsuit' MORE. "I’ll be honest with you. He’s got all the information he needs. They want to get more, more, more. They keep getting more. I said, 'You don’t need any more.' "

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Trump also scolded Pompeo, one of the president's most fervent supporters, for not working to find and release Clinton's deleted emails, a subject of fascination for the president and his supporters throughout his first term.

"They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad, actually," Trump said. "I’m not happy about him for that reason. He was unable to get them out. I don’t know why. You’re running the State Department, you get them out."

The president on Thursday also claimed Wray has “been disappointing” and slow-moving in efforts to find wrongdoing by the Obama administration.