Barr launches new inquiry into origins of Russian Federation probe

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

"Fox News reported on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr had assigned John Durham, the us attorney in CT, to conduct the inquiry into alleged misconduct and alleged improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors", reports Fox News.

Barr had confirmed the review publicly, though the person leading it was not previously known.

Barr has signaled concern about the DOJ and FBI's biased surveillance of Trump associates.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel departs her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018.

Some Republicans have alleged that the FBI-Mueller probe was sparked by a dossier penned by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele at the behest of private investigators working for the Democratic Party. "I think it's great".

Castro said that Barr has been "a fixer" and protector for President Trump, adding that he thinks they're opening the investigation to "chill anybody else from looking into anything else that the president does".

The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is about to concluded his investigation of the FBI's use of FISA applications and confidential sources to probe the Trump campaign.


"The lead agent in charge of investigating this said he thought Trump would be destabilizing, had an insurance policy (in case Trump was elected) and then promised his lover that we will stop it", he said. He later acknowledged that there was no evidence of Federal Bureau of Investigation wrongdoing.

Wray told lawmakers last week he had not seen evidence of improper surveillance, or spying, on any of the 2016 presidential campaign.

That comment landed Wray in hot water with Trump, who lashed out when asked about it by reporters on Tuesday.

"I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump said. "Was it President Obama himself?"

The FBI officially began its investigation of the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after receiving information from the Australian government about George Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign adviser.

Durham is a career federal prosecutor who has handled high-profile investigations before, including a probe into the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency tapes in 2005 of detainees being interrogated.

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