(CNSNews.com) - "If they want to do a review, they can do a review, but it's a total distraction," Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said Tuesday, following reports that Attorney General William Barr has asked the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to look into the origins of the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.
Khanna said James Baker, the former general counsel for the FBI, has made it clear the Trump-Russia investigation "had nothing to do with the (Steele) dossier.
"It frankly had nothing to do with the Trump campaign," Khanna said. "It was on actionable intelligence from foreign ambassadors concerned that our democracy was under threat from foreign interference.
"And guess what, they turned out to be correct. Bob Mueller concluded that there was sweeping and systematic interference from the Russians. Jim Baker and the FBI should be applauded for the counterintelligence investigation that they undertook. The entire country should celebrate the FBI's work. And this is a total distraction that Bill Barr is trying to undertake."
The inspector general of the Justice Department is almost done with his review of FBI procedures and actions, and Khanna said inspectors-general are "typically very, very capable."
"I don't think there's any need for an additional review. I think Bill Barr is being political. He's trying to draw a false moral equivalence. There is clear evidence of misconduct by the president. And what Bill Barr is saying is no, there was misconduct by the FBI. The American people aren't going to buy it."
Host Kate Boldun noted, "You think with this move, since the I.G.'s review is still under way, you think that exposes the attorney general of this being a purely political move?"
"I do," Khanna responded. "I think especially when you look at the pattern of conduct, his usurping the Mueller report and giving a selective summary. His line to house and senate committees. Now he's asking for a review about the investigators. I mean, it's like you're asking for a review of the people who caught the bad guys.
"The people are smart in this country. They're going to see through this. What we really need is for Bob Mueller to testify in front of Congress, to tell the facts, and let the American people understand the gravity of the interference that took place."