The U.S. attorney investigating whether officials in the Obama administration broke "unmasking" rules around the Russia investigation found no wrongdoing, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reported that John Bash, who departed the Department of Justice last week, concluded that none of the officials who requested the names of Americans being surveilled by the Obama administration did anything wrong.
The probe was a spinoff of the one led by U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham, who is investigating the origins of the Russia investigation — which involved the Obama administration surveilling members of the Trump campaign in 2016. Durham's review has not finished. President Donald Trump has pushed Durham and Attorney General William Barr to find wrongdoing.
Durham's probe is not expected to be completed before Election Day.
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. Trump has long claimed that the Obama administration wrongly targeted his campaign. Bash also examined whether officials in the Obama administration gave information to the media.
Bash's findings, the Post noted, concluded that no wrongdoing occured. Barr has so far elected not to make them public.
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