Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

Several other media outlets also reported Durham has been tapped to lead the inquiry.

The Justice Department's inspector general is expected in the coming weeks to complete a probe into whether any abuses were committed when the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to spy on former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

In its 448-page report, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team wrote that while its investigation established that the Trump campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from" information stolen in Russia-backed efforts, it "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".

"Well I didn't understand his answer because I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump said, adding that Wray's response to lawmakers was "ridiculous".

Trump's campaign is publicly calling for criminal investigations into former FBI officials and is making "spygate" fundraising pitches, seeking to turn the tables and transform the Russian Federation investigation into a political asset instead of a liability. According to reports, Barr has begun a multi-agency investigation into possible surveillance on the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump has long called for an examination of the long probe, often calling it a "witch hunt" and saying it was politically-motivated.

In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in CT.

The DOJ and FBI were instrumental in starting the investigation, likely due to political bias.

"So if you are a Democrat, I think you would be really anxious to see the appointment of a career prosecutor like this".

The warrant was obtained in October 2016, after Page left the Trump campaign, and the surveillance continued into 2017. Durham's is the latest government investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties.

Durham also ran a task force looking into allegedly corrupt dealings between law enforcement officials in Boston and James "Whitey" Bulger, a now-deceased crime gang leader. Trump selected him to be the US attorney in CT, and he was confirmed by the Senate in 2018.

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