Bill Barr risks the ire of Trump after General Flynn 'unmasking' probe into misconduct by Obama officials finds NO wrongdoing and will NOT lead to criminal charges
A federal prosecutor who was asked to investigate whether Obama-era officials acted improperly in the 'unmasking' of Americans mentioned in intelligence reports has failed to find any substantive wrongdoing, according to a report.
The Washington Post on Tuesday reported that John Bash,United States Attorney for the Western District of Texas, had handed in his findings and concludedthere was no major misconduct.
《华盛顿邮报》(The Washington Post)周二报道称，德克萨斯州西区联邦检察官约翰·巴什(John Bash)已经提交了调查结果，并得出结论称，没有重大不当行为。
Bash was assigned by Bill Barr, the attorney general, in May the task of reviewing the 2016 'unmasking' actions.
His report found no evidence of wrongdoing, in a blow to Donald Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that Obama officials acted unlawfully.
On October 5, Bash announced he was resigning, effective October 9, to enter private practice.
Asked Tuesday if Bash had quit over anything related to unmasking, Kerri Kupec, the Department of Justice (DoJ) spokesman, said: 'No, that was not my understanding.'
Bash was asked to look into the actions of officials including Joe Biden; James Comey, the former FBI director;former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James Clapper.
巴什被要求调查包括乔·拜登(Joe Biden)、前联邦调查局(FBI)局长詹姆斯·科米(James Comey)、前白宫幕僚长丹尼斯·麦克多诺(Denis McDonough)、前中央情报局局长约翰·布伦南(John Brennan)和前国家情报总监詹姆斯·克拉珀(James Clapper)在内的官员的行动。
They were all privy to classified intelligence reports which suggested that an American citizen had been speaking to individuals who were being monitored by the intelligence agencies.
That person was later found to be Michael Flynn, Donald Trump's short-lived National Security Agency head.
Bash's work investigating the 'unmasking' - the revealing of Flynn's name - was in addition to inquiries that Barr ordered by carried out by John Durham, attorney for Connecticut, and Jeff Jensen in St. Louis, who had been tapped specially to review the Flynn case and ultimately advised that the Justice Department should drop it.
除了巴什下令由康涅狄格州律师约翰·达勒姆(John Durham)和圣路易斯的杰夫·詹森(Jeff Jensen)进行调查外，巴什还在调查“揭发”-披露弗林的名字-这两人曾被特别指派审查弗林一案，并最终建议司法部撤销调查。
Durham is looking at unmasking as part of his broader investigation into the FBI's 2016 probe of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the election.
Barr recently told some Republican politicians that no report of Durham's investigation would be released before the November election.
Trump has in recent days called the delay in the Durham case 'a disgrace'.
He is yet to respond to the news of Bash's findings, which will unlikely come as a deep disappointment.
'Unmasking' is common because it allows government officials to better understand a document they are reading.
Bash's team was focused not just on unmasking, but also on whether Obama-era officials provided information to reporters, the paper reported.
The findings ultimately turned over to Barr fell short of what Trump and others might have hoped, and the attorney general's office elected not to release them publicly, people familiar with the matter told the Post.