Attorney General William Barr "disagrees" with a forthcoming report by the Justice Department's inspector general that says the FBI had enough information in 2016 to launch an investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign, The Washington Post reported Monday.
"If this reporting is true, that he's going to side against his own inspector general and side with the president, he will again be choosing to ignore a neutral fact-finder and come up with his own set of alternative truth", the former Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director said.
It's unclear how Barr will make his concerns with the report known, the paper said, noting that either he or a senior official at the department could submit a letter to be included in the report. But the attorney general could express his disagreement in a few different ways, ranging from public remarks to a formal letter of disagreement amended to the report.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Barr's "excellent work has uncovered significant information that the American people will soon be able to read for themselves".
"Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week, watch the Inspector General's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and draw their own conclusions about these important matters", Kupec said in a statement.
The NBC national security contributor made the remarks about Bill Barr on the network's 11th Hour show in response to reporting that the attorney general is at odds with the Justice Department inspector general over a report on his investigation into the Russian Federation investigation.
Horowitz and his investigators have probed how the infamous anti-Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele was used to secure the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for former Trump aide Carter Page in October 2016, as well as for three renewals.