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WashPost: Barr opposes key Russia probe finding by inspector general

Attorney General William Barr speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a Rose Garden statement on the census July 11
Attorney General William Barr speaks as President Trump looks on during a July statement at the White House. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Attorney General Bill Barr opposes a finding in the Department of Justice inspector general's Russia probe report that the FBI had enough information in 2016 to begin investigating Trump campaign members, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Why it matters: DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11 on his highly anticipated report on alleged abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the Russia investigation.

Read: Second release of FBI files from Mueller probe interviews

An illustration of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Illustration: Aïda Amer

The Department of Justice published nearly 300 pages of memos and notes from FBI interviews with key witnesses in the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The big picture: The release was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and lawsuit from BuzzFeed and CNN.

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