The officials from the Justice Department intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers within the revision of the Russian investigation, according to people briefed on the case, pointing out they are focused partly on the intelligence agencies’ conclusion about the 2016 election – Russian President Vladimir Putin intervened to benefit Donald Trump, as The New York Times reported.
“The interview plans are the latest sign the Justice Department will take a critical look at the C.I.A.’s work on Russia’s election interference. Investigators want to talk with at least one senior counterintelligence official and a senior C.I.A. analyst, the people said. Both officials were involved in the agency’s work on understanding the Russian campaign to sabotage the election in 2016,” the new agency reads.
According to ex-C.I.A. officials, the Justice Department review provoked anxiety in the establishment.
“Senior agency officials have questioned why the C.I.A.’s analytical work should be subjected to a federal prosecutor’s scrutiny. Attorney General William P. Barr, who is overseeing the review, assigned the United States attorney in Connecticut, John H. Durham, to conduct it,” the message reads.
Justice Department did not submit formal written requests to talk to the C.I.A. officers, yet the law enforcement representatives told intelligence officials that Mr. Durham will seek the interviews.
“The Senate Intelligence Committee has previously interviewed several of the C.I.A. officers the Justice Department is seeking to talk to, according to a person familiar with the matter. The committee found no problems with their work or the origins of the Russia inquiry,” the news agency reported.