December 9, 2019

Whitehouse Statement on Inspector General Report on Russia Investigation

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on the Department of Justice Inspector General report released today on the FBI’s inquiry into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election:

“This report shows there was a proper predicate for the FBI to investigate Russia’s malign influence on the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign.  That puts to rest President Trump’s accusations of a deep state conspiracy, and no amount of spin from Attorney General Barr, the White House, or congressional Republicans can change that.  Barr’s decision to question the report in the media says a lot about Attorney General Barr.

“The Inspector General is an important defender against political influence over law enforcement—a regrettable tendency under Attorney General Barr.  I hope the Inspector General turns his attention to other allegations of politically motivated investigations by this administration.” 


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