AG Barr asks CT U.S. attorney to review Russian Federation probe

AG Barr asks CT U.S. attorney to review Russian Federation probe

The inquiry, which will focus on whether the government's methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate, is separate from an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general.

"I didn't understand his answer because I certainly thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump told reporters Tuesday.

Durham has been working with the attorney general for "at least a couple of weeks" to examine whether federal agencies acted properly in the early stages of the investigation, which ultimately produced the lengthy report from special counsel Robert Mueller.

The former attorney general Jeff Sessions had appointed another USA attorney, John Huber, in March 2018 to review aspects of the Russian Federation investigation, following grievances from Republican lawmakers.

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.

Durham has served as an Instructor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of New Haven, as a Moot Court Judge at the Yale School of Law, and as a lecturer for the Connecticut Bar Association. "I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it".

Trump and his supporters have seized on both to accuse the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of unlawfully spying on his campaign.

Former Attorney General Janet Reno commissioned Durham to investigate the FBI's relationship with informant and Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in 1999.

The president also commented on the recent congressional subpoena of his son Donald Trump Jr., saying his son already offered about 20-hours of testimony in the Mueller probe. "But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated". "For the same reason we're anxious about foreign influence in elections".

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".

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

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.

The unsubtle implication is that if Durham's findings are problematic for Democrats, or helpful to Trump, he'll trash his "apolitical" reputation and be transformed into a right-wing gargoyle - just the latest career official whose "soul" was "eaten" by the president, or whatever.

Despite the seemingly familiar circumstances of his appointment, Durham is not taking on the title of special prosecutor.

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