According to a report in The DailyMail, the United Kingdom plans to help if Attorney General William Barr requests information regarding the origins of the Russia investigation into President Donald Trump.
“If we get that request obviously we’ll consider it. The U.S. is an ally and we would want to be helpful,” a U.K. official said ahead of Trump’s state visit there next week.
“The U.S. is a close ally. If the attorney general wants to talk to us about this I’m sure we’d respond constructively,” the DailyMail’s source added. The publication didn’t identify their source, only noting that they were “an official” who was “repeatedly relying on diplomatic language that stopped short of a pledge of active participation in an inquiry into conduct its intelligence headquarters has already denied.”
The president threatened to bring up the issue with Prime Minister Theresa May when the leaders meet on Tuesday, but it is thought that such a move could cause a strained visit between the president and Queen Elizabeth, who he will be meeting for the first time during his trip.
Barr spoke to CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford during a Thursday interview for the first time since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller resigned from his position and said that he believes that Mueller could have made a decision on whether or not President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice, following his 22-month investigation.
“I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision,” he during an exclusive interview in Anchorage, Alaska.
“The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity,” Barr added. “But he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained and I am not going to, you know, argue about those reasons.”
While Barr is disappointed in the lack of finality on the part of Mueller, he has also determined that he will discover what prompted the investigation to begin with.
The attorney general has appointed a special investigator to look into the matter, and said that he and his second in command “felt it necessary” for them to decide whether the president was actually guilty of obstruction of justice after Mueller declined to do so.