Attorney General William Barr has appointed a US attorney in Texas to review the “unmasking” process that took place at the time of the 2016 presidential election, his spokeswoman announced.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec confirmed the new probe in an appearance on Fox News Wednesday evening, saying Barr had tapped John Bash, US attorney for the Western District of Texas, after he had “determined that certain aspects of ‘unmasking’ needed to be reviewed.”
Kupec told the network that US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham’s investigation into the Russia probe, which Barr ordered in last May, had been looking into “unmasking,” but the attorney general wanted that process to be addressed separately.
Durham’s work on “unmasking” was part of his larger review of the origins of the FBI’s maligned investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and “collusion” by the Trump campaign.
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