Barr's Obama-era 'unmasking' investigation reportedly ends without charges, public report

  • Barr's Obama-era 'unmasking' investigation reportedly ends without charges, public report

Barr's Obama-era 'unmasking' investigation reportedly ends without charges, public report

Trump has long claimed that the Obama administration wrongly targeted his campaign.

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington.

According to the Post, Bash's investigation looked at unmasking, which is the process of revealing the names of American citizens caught up in government surveillance.

In a recent Fox Business interview, Trump went off on Barr on a lack of indictments over what he has publicly decried as the "Russia hoax".

The federal prosecutor appointed by Attorney General William P. Barr to review whether Obama-era officials improperly requested the identities of individuals whose names were redacted in intelligence documents has completed his work without finding any substantive wrongdoing, according to people familiar with the matter.

At the time, newly unsealed documents purportedly showed that several high-ranking Obama officials had submitted unmasking requests for former Trump national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn - including then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

It was not immediately clear why a public report about Bash's findings has not been made available by the Justice Department.

In a statement announcing the investigation in May, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said: "Unmasking inherently isn't wrong, but certainly, the frequency, the motivation and the reasoning behind unmasking can be problematic".

The Post reported that the Justice Department did not intend to release the results.

The Justice Department in May appointed John Bash, a federal prosecutor from Texas, to lead the inquiry after Republican senators unveiled a declassified list of US officials who made requests that ultimately disclosed intercepted conversations between Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia's ambassador. He was previously critical of another prosecutor specially tapped by then-Attorney General Sessions to investigate matters related to Clinton, but whose case ended with no public report or allegations of wrongdoing. A third meta-investigation conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham is apparently ongoing, but Barr has told GOP senators that no findings will be released before the election, angering Trump.