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NYT: Bill Barr Pushed Trump-Russia Investigator to Use False Russian Intelligence Claims

HeadlineJan 27, 2023

A damning new report by The New York Times reveals how Donald Trump and the Justice Department’s efforts to prove the former president was the victim of a witch hunt in the FBI’s Russia probe instead led the Justice Department to open a criminal probe into Trump’s possible financial crimes. Details of that probe remain unknown, and special counsel John Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to look into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, did not uncover any major conspiracies against Trump. But Barr repeatedly pressured Durham to uncover flaws in the Russia investigation, and Durham relied on questionable information in pursuit of an outcome favorable to Trump and his narrative of a “hoax.” This included suspicious Russian intelligence claims, which were used to gain access to the emails of an executive at George Soros’s Open Society Foundation. Durham obtained the emails even after a federal judge denied his request to subpoena them. John Durham is currently working on the final report of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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