Report: Barr says review of Russia investigation won’t be ready before election

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrHillicon Valley: Facebook removes accounts tied to pro-Trump student group | Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say Trump spreading disinformation: poll | Judge orders Twitter to reveal identity behind account that started Seth Rich Conspiracy Justice Department rolls out report detailing cryptocurrency security threats Hundreds of attorneys and judges offer to support any Trump official opposing ‘political misuse of the DOJ’ MORE has reportedly told top Republican officials that the Justice Department’s report on the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election will not be released prior to Election Day, according to Axios

A senior White House official and a congressional aide informed Axios of the remarks, with one source saying that U.S. Attorney John DurhamJohn DurhamFormer Justice Department lawyers accuse Barr of seeking to help Trump win reelection The FBI and special counsel’s horrible, terrible, miserable week Steele Dossier sub-source was subject of FBI counterintelligence probe MORE, who is leading the report, is not concerned with adhering to political pressure to complete the study by a certain deadline, adding that Durham is working deliberately and in a calculated manner.

This news comes as many Republicans hoped the report would reveal abuses by the Obama administration and intelligence community that could give the party a boost on Nov. 3. 

“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 reportedly the publication.

Both the Justice Department and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The report comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him ‘complicit’ in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE on Thursday took aim at Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump’s new Iran sanctions raise alarm over humanitarian access Trump swipes at Barr, Pompeo, Wray in return to Russia investigation, Clinton emails Kardashian West uses star power to pressure US on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict MORE and Attorney General William Barr, as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, during an interview on Fox Business, with the president arguing that the three officials have not moved fast enough in their findings on his political opponents.

Trump referred specifically to former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump between rock and hard place on debates Pence-Harris debate draws more than 50M viewers, up 26 percent from 2016 Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power MORE’s lack of consequences for using a private email server, as well as the Obama administration’s involvement in the Russia investigation. 

“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 BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoThe Memo: Trump between rock and hard place on debates On The Money: Trump says talks on COVID-19 aid are now ‘working out’ | Pelosi shoots down piecemeal approach | Democrats raise questions about Trump tax audits Overnight Defense: Pentagon retracing steps of top officials after positive coronavirus case | Trump suggests Gold Star families could have infected him | VP debate brings up military topics MORE. “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.’ “

Trump also scolded Pompeo, one of the president’s most fervent supporters, for not working to find and release Clinton’s deleted emails, a subject of fascination for the president and his supporters throughout his first term.

“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.”

The president on Thursday also claimed Wray has “been disappointing” and slow-moving in efforts to find wrongdoing by the Obama administration.

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