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Attorney general picks prosecutor to investigate FBI's Trump inquiry

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Patty Aguilar | 14 May, 2019, 23:53

"I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it".

Interested in Russia Investigation?

When asked if he instructed Attorney General William Barr to launch the investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation probe, Trump said he "didn't ask him".

Barr picked Durham in recent weeks to work on the review, which is created to ensure that the USA government's "intelligence collection activities" related to the Trump campaign were "lawful and appropriate", a person familiar with the decision said.

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

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.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters Tuesday that his panel would postpone plans to probe the origins of the Russian Federation investigation now that Durham had been appointed.

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Barr angered Democrats last month when he echoed language used by Trump's allies in saying he shared concerns about "spying" on Trump's campaign.

A source familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News Tuesday that CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats are also cooperating with Barr's investigation. "I thought it was a ridiculous answer".

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.

That comment landed Wray in hot water with Trump, who lashed out when asked about it by reporters on Tuesday.

"The FBI's July 2016 counterintelligence investigation was opened by former senior agent Peter Strzok". "But I always need to base my opinions on credible evidence".

Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as US attorney in CT by Trump.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of CT declined to comment on Durham's appointment.

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