United States Attorney General William Barr has follow through on his testimony before congress asserting that he would be investigating the origin of the Russia Probe into President Donald Trump and his 2016 Campaign.
Barr has appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry, the person shared. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Durham’s appointment comes about a month after Barr told members of Congress he believed “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016. He later said he didn’t mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel’s investigation.
AP noted that “The inquiry will focus on whether the government’s methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate.
They added that “Durham has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office’s relationship with mobsters.”
In April, a Trump administration official told Fox News that Barr had assembled a team to investigate the origins of the FBI the Obama administration’s FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign The Daily Wire noted.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr said during a congressional hearing in April.
Fox News reported on Monday that multiple sources had told the network that “Barr was ‘serious’ and had assigned DOJ personnel to the probe. Durham is known as a ‘hard-charging, bulldog’ prosecutor, Fox News is told.”
“Sources familiar with matter say the focus includes pre-transition period — prior to Nov. 7, 2016 – – including the use and initiation of informants, as well as potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses,” Fox News added. “An informant working for U.S. intelligence posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try to probe George Papadopoulos, then a Trump foreign policy adviser, on the campaign’s possible ties to Russia, it emerged earlier this month. And, Papadopoulos told Fox News, the informant tried to ‘seduce’ him as part of the ‘bizarre’ episode.”
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