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AG Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney To Investigate Origins Of Russia Probe

AG Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney To Investigate Origins Of Russia Probe”

In April, a Trump administration official told Fox News that Barr had assembled a team to investigate the origins of the Obama administration's FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly assigned a federal prosecutor in CT to evaluate the origins of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Durham was appointed to the job several weeks ago, said the source, who confirmed it to Reuters anonymously because the Justice Department has not made a public announcement.

President Donald Trump often called for the Justice Department and others to review how the FBI began investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia's election interference and Trump associates. "An informant working for USA intelligence posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try to probe George Papadopoulos, then a Trump foreign policy adviser, on the campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation, it emerged earlier this month".

Another investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general into the Russian Federation probe's origin is also underway, and should be done in May or June, Barr has said.

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.

Durham, who has been with the Department of Justice since 1982, has led high-profile investigations such as a probe into the FBI's handling of informant and organized crime leader Whitey Bulger and the investigation into the CIA's destruction of videos allegedly showing torture of terrorism suspects.

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

"Now, the former director is a partisan pundit, selling books, and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul", he said.



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