Bill Barr confirms GOP's Russia report will not be released before Election Day
U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr has reportedly begun suggesting to top Republican officials that the Department of Justice's invasive report on the origin of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election will not be complete before Election Day.
On multiple occasions, President Donald Trump has insisted that "Obamagate" is a real scandal. In fact, on multiple occasions he has accused Former President Barack Obama of investigating his 2016 presidential campaign. However, there has always been just one issue with Trump's claims: he never had intelligence to support his allegations. Now, Barr's remarks raise more questions about whether or not Trump will ever be able to confirm his claims.
The latest news comes as Republican lawmakers hoped they would be able to tie the origin of the Russian investigation to Obama's administration. For years, Trump and many Republican lawmakers have accused Obama of abusing power but without the completed report to serve as substantial evidence of their accusations, the allegations are nothing more than speculation.
A Republican congressional aide reportedly weighed in on the potential impact the DOJ's delay could have on the election. Providing the report after the critical upcoming date could diminish the significance of the report along with the credibility of the investigation and the Republican Party.
"This is the nightmare scenario. Essentially, the year and a half of arguably the number one issue for the Republican base is virtually meaningless if this doesn't happen before the election," a GOP congressional aide told the publication.
The latest report about Barr's remarks comes just one day after Trump discussed the Russian investigation during a phone interview on Fox News. During that interview, Trump slammed Barr, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) director Christopher Wray. Although the report remains incomplete, Trump claimed the delays are simply to get "more" information.
"To be honest, Bill Barr is going to go down as either the greatest attorney general in the history of the country or he's going to go down as, you know, a very sad situation," Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. "I'll be honest with you. He's got all the information he needs. They want to get more, more, more. They keep getting more. I said, 'you don't need any more.'"
During the interview, Trump also lambasted Pompeo as he criticized him for not working harder to locate former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails.
"They're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad, actually," Trump said. "I'm not happy about him for that reason. He was unable to get them out. I don't know why. You're running the State Department, you get them out."