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Barr Says Public Needs to Know Origin of Russia Probe

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President Donald Trump talks with Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service on Wednesday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 16 May 2019 10:33 PM

Attorney General William Barr says the public needs to know what the U.S. government was doing during the early stages of the Russia probe.

"I've been trying to get answers to the questions, and I've found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together," Barr told Fox News' Bill Hemmer in an interview set to air Friday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "In a sense, I have more questions today than when I first started."

When asked by Hemmer what does not hang together, Barr responded: "Some of the explanations of what occurred."

"Why does that matter?" Hemmer asked.

"People have to find out what the government was doing during that period," Barr responded. "If we're worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale. . . . I'm not saying that happened, but it's something we have to look at."

Barr on Tuesday appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origin of the Russia probe and is said to be focused on the months leading up to the election.

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