Barr pushed investigators to finish leak probes
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: Attorney General William Barr participates in a press conference at the Department of Justice along with DOJ officials on February 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barr announced the indictment of four members of China's military on charges of hacking into Equifax Inc. and stealing data from millions of Americans. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
The Justice Department's leak investigation that targeted lawmakers was more than a year old when Attorney General William Barr took office in 2019. Barr had vowed early on to help answer lingering questions from conservatives about the fairness of the Justice Department's handling of politically sensitive investigations.
(CNN)The Justice Department's leak investigation that targeted lawmakers was more than a year old when Attorney General William Barr took office in 2019.
Barr pushed for briefings from national security prosecutors and urged them to move quickly to complete investigations, according to people briefed on the matter.
Like most leak investigations, it was a difficult case to make and some officials thought it likely to end without charges, one person briefed on the matter said.
Like Trump, Barr had suspicions about leaks and believed the department's credibility was at stake if it couldn't show it fully investigated them, people briefed on the matter said.
Barr does not recall the specifics of a leaks probe of the lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The former attorney general did not brief Trump on any of the leak probes, though the President would bring up leaks and the need to investigate with the attorney general, the person said.