Trump Denies He Asked Barr To Probe Russia Origins

John Durham Bob Child AP

Attorney General William Barr Appoints US Attorney to Look into Origins of FBI Probe 36 Bob Child Associated PressKRISTINA WONG13 May 2019

Attorney General William Barr appointed a U.S. attorney Monday night to investigate the shady origins of the Russia-Trump collusion probe and whether the DOJ acted "properly" while surveilling the Trump campaign heading into the 2016 election. According to the document, the investigation did not find any evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign team. "I saw it last night, and they want to look at how that whole hoax got started", Trump said as he was leaving the White House for campaign stops and a fundraiser in Louisiana. He is reportedly working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray to uncover the origins of the Mueller probe.

Clapper went on to say "we're kind of losing sight" of the fact that the investigation was caused by Russia's interfere with American political institutions and their attempts to engage with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

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 USA attorney in CT, and he was confirmed by the Senate in 2018.

The Durham inquiry is separate from an investigation by the Justice Department's Inspector General.

Barr provided no details about what "spying" may have taken place but appeared to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on a former Trump associate, Carter Page, and the FBI's use of an informant while the bureau was investigating former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. He has a history of performing special investigations - in 2008 he was assigned by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to conduct a probe of the Central Intelligence Agency over the destruction of videotapes that showed terrorism suspects being tortured. Huber, the US attorney in Utah, is also examining aspects of the Russian Federation investigation. The two Democratic senators from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy, called him a "fierce, fair prosecutor" who knows how to try tough cases.

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