Reports: Criminal Investigation Launched Into Mueller’s Russia Probe

October 25, 2019 14:50 GMT

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the origins of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times and a person familiar with the matter said on October 25.

The reported launching of the criminal investigation comes after U.S. Attorney General William Barr in May opened an administrative review into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The review, overseen by Barr and run by U.S. federal prosecutor John Durham, was initiated following U.S. President Donald Trump’s complaints that his campaign was improperly targeted by U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies during the election.

Reports of the justice department’s new criminal inquiry first appeared in The New York Times. It is unclear what potential crime is under investigation, the newspaper said.

The person familiar with the matter, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, declined to say whether a grand jury had been convened in the investigation.

Mueller’s probe did not establish any criminal conspiracy between Moscow and the Trump campaign, but it did not clear the U.S. president of obstructing justice.

(C) RFE/RL 2019


    • Either that or an effort to change the news cycle from the impeachment proceedings.
      I guess we will see.

      • Could be but the news came from the US Attorney’s office not the White House. If the dems wanted the attention on impeachment they would be having open hearings but this gives them an opportunity to leak and try to manage the narrative. I still haven’t heard of any alleged crimes, lol, oh well, it’s politics.

  1. I would be willing to bet that the Mueller investigation was the result of FBI and members of the intelligence community with a political agenda.
    However , I do believe that Trump extorted one of the poorest and vulnerable countries in the world for his own political purposes. This, for me is unforgivable.
    I also believe that Ukraine is much bigger than Trump and may even see some benefits from this mess as more Americans become aware of her struggles.

  2. I think I smell a Trumpet stink finger in this. He has had a rant in this vein all along. Opportunity to push from the shadows.

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