Attorney General William Barr provided new details Wednesday of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe and said in an interview on Fox News that the federal prosecutor is looking into the activities of federal agencies outside the FBI, as well as those of “private actors.”
“He’s not just looking at the FBI,” Barr said of Durham. “He’s looking at other agencies … and also private actors, so it’s a much broader investigation.” Barr did not elaborate on which “private actors” are part of the Durham probe.
Barr tapped Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, in May to investigate federal agencies’ surveillance and investigative activities related to the Trump campaign. Durham’s probe has run parallel to a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, found extensive evidence of “significant inaccuracies” in the FBI’s applications for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Page. The applications, which relied heavily on information from the unverified Steele dossier, asserted there was probable cause to suspect that Page was a Russian agent.