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Near San Salvador, El Salvador - 16 May 2019
1. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, Attorney General
"Well the first step is find out exactly what happened and we're trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies, and starting to talk to some of the people that have information. You know, the thing that's interesting about this is that this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn't handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc small group, and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA, or the other agencies involved.
2. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, Attorney General
"I've been trying to get answers to questions, and I've found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate. And I've also found that some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) William Barr, Attorney General
"If we're worried about foreign influence for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale. And so, I'm not saying that happened, but I'm saying that we have to look at that."
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