Attorney General Barr: Concerned Steele dossier used to ‘inject’ Russian disinformation

FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs’ Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Attorney General William Barr has called the use of the infamous Steele dossier during the Mueller investigation “troubling.” During an interview this week, Barr noted during testimony on Capitol Hill, he was concerned about the dossier and former British spy Christopher Steele’s work.

He was worried both were being used as a “vector by Russians to inject disinformation into a political campaign.”

He added Special Investigator Robert Mueller was responsible for looking at potential Russian influence, but it was ignored.

“One of the things you have to guard against, both as a prosecutor and I think as an investigator, is that if you get too wedded to a particular outcome and if you’re pursing a particular agenda, you close your eyes to anything that sort of fits with your preconception,” stated Barr.

According to the attorney general, Mueller should have investigated the dossier further. He declined to comment whether he saw additional evidence of political bias in the Russia investigation.

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