Attorney General William Barr will reportedly establish a team to take a second look at “controversial counterintelligence decisions” made by the Justice Department and the FBI—including actions taken during a 2016 probe into the Trump campaign. According to Bloomberg, the move means the AG is looking into allegations that the DOJ and the FBI were operating with an “anti-Trump bias” while examining President Trump and potential collusion with Russia. Barr reportedly told a House panel on Tuesday he is “reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016.” The work Barr’s team does will reportedly be separate from the ongoing investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general, which is expected to complete its probe in May or June. The FBI reportedly declined to comment.
Rep. Jim Jordan, one of the lawmakers who promoted the bias allegations against the FBI and DOJ, told Bloomberg that Barr’s team is what he and others were “calling for.” “That’s great news he’s looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016,” Jordan said.