Now we’re talking.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Attorney General William Barr’s expanding review of the Russia probe has evolved into a criminal investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter, giving a federal prosecutor who is leading the inquiry the ability to subpoena witnesses and use a grand jury.
It could not immediately be determined what prompted the change nor what evidence of a crime Mr. Barr and the federal prosecutor leading the probe, John Durham, may have found. When the inquiry was announced in May, Justice Department officials described it as a review that could prompt changes to counterintelligence investigations of political campaigns.
The revelation comes as officials in Italy and Australia defended their participation in the probe that has prompted criticism abroad and in the U.S.
Mr. Barr and a federal prosecutor are looking into the underpinnings of the FBI’s probe, and he has said he wants to understand if the U.S. government’s intelligence-gathering efforts in the probe’s early stages were legal and appropriate.
During two meetings in Rome in August and September, Mr. Barr expressed interest in London-based academic Joseph Mifsud, who was affiliated with a university in Rome at the time he told a Trump campaign adviser in 2016 that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of her emails.
Mr. Mifsud disappeared from view in 2018; his whereabouts are publicly unknown.