Attorney General William Barr is reportedly looking into the roots of the Russia probe to investigate how the counterintelligence investigation began.
According to a Fox News report, Barr is in the process of putting together a team to discover the foundation of what President Trump calls the “witch hunt.”
Barr also assured the American public they will be able to access the full Mueller report, with redactions, within the next week.
This comes as GOP lawmakers, and President Trump have called for further inquiry regarding the justification for how Mueller’s probe began.
Former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were heavily involved in the investigation back when it began, and their involvement raised eyebrows after anti-Trump text messages were discovered between the pair.
Why should I be defending a fraudulent Russian Witch Hunt. It’s about time the perpetrators of this fraud on me and the American People start defending their dishonest and treasonous acts. How and why did this terrible event begin? Never Forget!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2019
President Trump and many officials on Capitol Hill have suggested the investigation was started with anti-Trump bias and have questioned the legality of its origins overall.
Many Republicans have also questioned the grounds as to how the FBI was able to surveil ex-aide Carter Page and other members of the campaign by obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Warrants.
During a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Barr said he was looking into the legality of the FISA warrants and the Justice Department’s “conduct” in the summer of 2016.
The New York Times had no legitimate sources, which would be totally illegal, concerning the Mueller Report. In fact, they probably had no sources at all! They are a Fake News paper who have already been forced to apologize for their incorrect and very bad reporting on me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
This comes just weeks after Barr sent a summary of the Mueller report to Congress reassuring the American public there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.