Donald Trump Praises Bill Barr for Investigating Russia 'Hoax' Origin

15 May, 2019, 04:54 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Attorney General Barr speaks at farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice

The segment came after Fox News reported Durham, known as a "hard-charging, bulldog" prosecutor, according to a source, will focus on the period before November 7, 2016-including the use and assignments of Federal Bureau of Investigation informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.

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.

President Donald Trump and some other Republicans have called for a special counsel to "investigate the investigators" after special counsel Robert Mueller's report found that the president's campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

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Barr told a Senate subcommittee last month he believes "spying did occur" on the Trump campaign.

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Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that shadowed Trump's presidency for almost two years began and whether there are any legal concerns. "He's totally above politics", said Starr, noting that the Obama administration gave Durham some key assignments, including an investigation of Central Intelligence Agency detainees. Durham's is the latest government investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

The attorney-general has been accused of pandering to repeated claims by Mr Trump that his predecessor had a spy illegally placed into his campaign and that the Mueller investigation was politically motivated.

Barr has signaled concern about the DOJ and FBI's biased surveillance of Trump associates. That is also examining the Russian Federation probe origins and Barr expects it to be complete this month or next.

Durham was named by Barr several weeks ago, said the source, who confirmed it to Reuters anonymously because the Justice Department has not made a public announcement. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019.

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