AG Barr Appoints U.S. Attorney To Investigate Origins Of Russia Investigation
AG Barr Appoints U.S. Attorney To Investigate Origins Of Russia Investigation
Barr taps U.S. attorney in Connecticut to investigate origins of Russia probe
15 May, 2019, 04:54
It was confirmed yesterday that Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to review the origins of the Russian Federation probe that was launched during the 2016 election to determine if there was improper surveillance of the Trump campaign and that Durham has already been looking into the inquiry "for weeks". He is reportedly working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray to uncover the origins of the Mueller probe.
Barr has signaled concern about the DOJ and FBI's biased surveillance of Trump associates.
Barr told Congress in April that he planned to form a team within the Justice Department to investigate whether the US government improperly surveilled the Trump campaign.
The probe is running parallel to a Justice Department inspector general's investigation into the FBI's handling of surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
"The inquiry will focus on whether the government's methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate", The AP added. And Republicans conducted their own investigations when they controlled the House of Representatives, including revealing details of the FBI's wiretap use.
Trump and other Republicans have argued that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "spied" on Trump's campaign by surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page under a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
The review will also examine whether a dossier that included salacious accusations against Trump was fabricated by the Russian government to dupe US intelligence agencies and the FBI, Barr has said. The two Democratic senators from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy, called him a "fierce, fair prosecutor" who knows how to try tough cases.
Durham has been a special prosecutor the past, which includes an examination of the FBI's ties to a crime boss in Boston and Central Intelligence Agency abuses of detainees.
Durham was confirmed as a US attorney in February 2018 and had previously earned a reputation as a dogged career prosecutor tapped by previous attorneys general for other high-profile roles.
"This so-called investigation is a politically motivated distraction and threatens to sully his reputation as a straight-shooting, serious, smart prosecutor".
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