U.S. Justice Department review of origins of Russia probe now a criminal investigation: source

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Attorney General William Barr, joined by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen, delivers opening remarks at a summit on “Combating Anti-Semitism” at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S. July 15, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Justice Department review into the origins of the probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now a criminal investigation, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

The person, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, declined to say whether a grand jury has been convened in the investigation.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Eric Beech

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