Attorney General William Barr has reclassified as a criminal investigation into Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
An investigation into former U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been reclassified as a criminal case. This was reported by Politico on Friday, October 25, citing sources familiar with the case.
“The investigation that Attorney General William Barr ordered to investigate possible ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia has now become a criminal case,” the statement said.
Changing the status of Connecticut State Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation significantly expands his ability to gather information. Durham can now call witnesses to the court to testify and request documents. Previously, the prosecutor could interrogate witnesses only with their consent and examine only government documents.
Recall, in April, the U.S. Department of Justice released Mueller’s report following a two-year investigation into the alleged collusion of the U.S. president with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
The special prosecutor determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but Trump’s campaign did not participate.
Later it became known that the investigation into Russian interference cost the United States almost $32 million. The case was handled by a special prosecutor and 19 lawyers. Dozens of other specialists were also involved.