WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr said he cannot exclude the possibility that an anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was Russian disinformation.
“I can’t state that with confidence and that is one of the areas that I’m reviewing. I’m concerned about it, and I don’t think it’s entirely speculative,” Barr said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.
The now-discredited dossier alleged that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It was put together with funding from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and was published by Buzzfeed in early 2017.
Last month, Barr told Congress he believes “spying” took place during the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia. Evidence has yet to emerge to substantiate claims of spying.
Barr’s Wednesday testimony is part a congressional inquiry into Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The Department of Justice released a redacted version of the report last month.
The report said Mueller did not find any evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction had occurred.