Apr 10, 2019

Barr builds team to review FBI's actions during Trump investigation

Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Chip Smodevilla/Getty Images

During a House Appropriations Committee hearing Attorney General William Barr said he is assembling a team to investigate counterintelligence decisions by Justice Department and FBI officials during the summer of 2016, reports Bloomberg.

What this means: Barr is essentially looking into claims that the investigation into President Trump and possible collusion with Russia has been affected by those with anti-Trump sentiments, per NBC.

“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016."
— Barr told a House panel on Tuesday

Go deeper: Barr says he will release redacted Mueller report "within a week"

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.