Barr appoints US attorney to investigate 'unmasking' requests by Obama officials
Added 05-28-20 12:23:02am EST - “Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Bash to conduct an investigation into the "unmasking" saga during the waning days of the Obama administration with a specific focus on the time period just before and right…” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Bash to conduct an investigation into the “unmasking” saga during the waning days of the Obama administration with a specific focus on the time period just before and right after President Trump’s election in November 2016.
DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec announced the move by Barr during a Wednesday night appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, saying the attorney general selected Bash, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, to carry out a deep dive into unmaskings to assist the ongoing investigation of the Trump-Russia investigators being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
“So John Durham, as part of his investigation, had been looking at the issue of unmasking, and the attorney general determined that certain aspects of unmasking needed to be reviewed separately as a support to John Durham’s investigation,” Kupec said. “So he tapped John Bash, one of our U.S. attorneys out of Texas, to do just that.”
"Obviously we know that unmasking inherently isn’t wrong, but certainly the frequency, the motivation, and the reasoning behind unmasking can be problematic," she added. "When you’re looking at unmasking as part of a broader investigation like John Durham’s investigation, looking specifically at who was unmasking whom can add a lot to our understanding about motivation and big picture events.”
Durham was selected by Barr last year to look into whether there was any misconduct by intelligence and national security officials as they investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Barr recently said that Durham will likely not conduct a criminal investigation into former President Barack Obama or former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.
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