Russia probe review will be ‘broad and multifaceted,' DOJ says

Department sends letter to House committee chair

By Laura Jarrett, CNN
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U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General William Barr's review of the beginnings of the Russia probe will be "broad in scope and multifaceted" and will examine actions by US and foreign intelligence agencies, "as well as non-governmental organizations and individuals."

The description was contained in a letter from the Justice Department to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and released Monday just as the committee began a separate hearing on the Mueller Report.

The attorney general, while not specifying in this letter, has previously signaled that his review will include an examination of ex-British spy Christopher Steele's work compiling research about President Donald Trump and his associates and commissioned by Fusion GPS, a research and investigative firm.

The review will seek "to determine whether the investigation complied with applicable policies and laws," wrote assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd.

"The Attorney General looks forward to obtaining a better understand of the critical period leading up to the 2016 presidential election, which to date has not fully been examined," Boyd wrote. "As the U.S. approaches another election season, it would be most prudent to timely draw upon the lessons learned from our recent history."

The letter notes that Barr will work closely with the intelligence community regarding declassification of any relevant information. Trump recently gave Barr the authority to make declassification decisions.

The focus on foreign intelligence has already had some key allies wary of being dragged into what some see as a political probe, CNN previously reported.

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