U.S. Attorney John Durham's probe into the origins of the investigation of President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia won't affect the November election, Attorney General William Barr reiterated late Wednesday.
Barr, during an interview with CNN published this week, was asked whether Trump is pressuring him to take certain actions in regards to Durham's probe.
He pointed to his response at the time, which was to say, during an appearance on Fox News's "Hannity," that if he was worried about being politically correct, he wouldn't have joined the Trump administration.
"I have said that the American people need to know what actually happened. We need to get the story of what happened in 2016 and '17 now out. That will be done. The second aspect of this is, if people cross the line, if people involved in that activity violated the criminal law, they will be charged," Barr said.
"I will handle these cases as appropriate. And I do not think anything that we do in the Durham investigation is going to be affecting the election," Barr said on CNN.
"The 60 days is not part of the rule," he said. "But I said that I don't think anything we're going to do would violate our policy."
Clinesmith worked with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which found no conspiracy or cooperation between Trump's campaign and Russia.
During the recent Fox appearance, Barr said that there would be "significant developments" with the Durham probe before the Nov. 3 election.
“But we’re not doing this on the election schedule,” he said. “We’re aware of the election. We’re not going to do anything inappropriate before the election. But we’re not being dictated to by this schedule.”