AG Barr Makes It Harder for Federal Authorities to Investigate Presidential Campaigns

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Monday said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have to meet more rigorous standards before opening any future counterintelligence investigations into presidential campaigns.

The more stringent protocols will require campaign probes to be approved by the top leaders at the Bureau and the Department of Justice (DOJ), currently FBI Director Christopher Wray and Barr himself.

“One of the things we agreed on is that the opening of a counterintelligence investigation of a presidential campaign would be something that the director of the FBI would have to sign off on and the Attorney General would have to sign off on,” Barr said at a press conference on Monday.

Barr’s announcement came just over a month
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