Donald Trump Praises Bill Barr for Investigating Russia 'Hoax' Origin

15 May, 2019, 04:56 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • AG Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney To Investigate Origins Of Russia Probe

Horowitz is investigating whether the FBI properly disclosed information about Steele and his investigation to the judges who approved the spy warrants against Page.

Durham was confirmed as a USA 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.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told CBN News that Barr "wants to know if the spying that was done on the Trump campaign had a proper predicate", adding, "I think a lot of Democrats are very anxious about what that probe is going to turn up". Several other media outlets also reported Durham has been tapped to lead the inquiry.

"I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it", Trump said, "I think it's great".

Amid a broad effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI, Trump and his allies have accused law enforcement officials of spying on his campaign and called for an investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe, which started at the FBI in mid-2016.

The review that Barr has commissioned is broad-based and includes working with Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, according to the person.

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John Durham, shown in 2006, will examine the origins of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in CT.

The warrant was obtained in October 2016, after Page left the Trump campaign, and the surveillance continued into 2017. "The FBI investigates", Comey said.

"I think spying did occur", he said during his congressional testimony.

The attorney-general has been accused of pandering to repeated claims by Mr Trump that his predecessor had a spy illegally placed into his campaign and that the Mueller investigation was politically motivated. Despite being a Trump appointee, Durham was recommended for the position by Connecticut's Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy who characterized him as having earned "immense respect as a no-nonsense, fierce and fair prosecutor".

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. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters.

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