Barr taps U.S. attorney in CT to review origins of Russian Federation probe

AG William Barr appoints top prosecutor to investigate how the Russia investigation started

Barr taps U.S. attorney in Connecticut to investigate origins of Russia probe

Durham, the USA attorney in ct, will look into how the Russian Federation investigation into alleged ties between President Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin originated, according to the New York Times.

According to CNN, Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and ODNI Director Dan Coats on the interagency review.

Durham, who has been with the Department of Justice since 1982, has led high-profile investigations such as a probe into the FBI's handling of informant and organized crime leader Whitey Bulger and the investigation into the CIA's destruction of videos allegedly showing torture of terrorism suspects.

A probe into the legality of the special warrant used to monitor Page is already under way by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is due to release his findings in coming weeks.

"You know what? I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it".

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

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Trump told reporters on Tuesday, "I didn't understand his answer".

Records of the FBI's investigation and sources familiar with the matter say that, while the dossier played a role, it did not prompt the FBI to open the inquiry, which was handed off in May 2017 to Mueller, who completed his probe in March.

The bureau relied heavily on information from Steele, a former British spy, to obtain foreign intelligence surveillance warrants against Carter Page.

The investigation was launched in response to long-held Republican concerns that the FBI's surveillance of the Trump campaign was politically motivated and relied on dubious opposition research. That is also examining the Russian Federation probe origins and Barr expects it to be complete this month or next. "Durham has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters".

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. Durham was asked to help Barr to "ensure that intelligence collection activities by the U.S. Government related to the Trump 2016 Presidential Campaign were lawful and appropriate". "It's a waste of his talent", Blumenthal said.

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