Bill Barr’s ‘unmasking’ probe reportedly ends without charges

Bill Barr’s ‘unmasking’ probe reportedly ends without charges

A federal prosecutor appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate potentially improper “unmasking” by the Obama administration around the 2016 election has concluded his probe without finding evidence of any serious wrongdoing, according to a report.

John Bash, who resigned Oct. 5, wrapped up his investigation into the “unmasking” of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn without bringing criminal charges or issuing a public report, the Washington Post reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Barr — who tapped Bash to head up the probe into whether Obama-era officials requested redacted names to be revealed – later appointed Gregg Sofer, a veteran Justice Department attorney, to replace him.

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His examination of the “unmasking” of Flynn is on top of the probe led by US Attorney John Durham of Connecticut into the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.

“Unmasking” refers to the process of releasing the identities of US citizens caught in redacted foreign intelligence reports

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