Monday, 27 May, 2019

Barr Orders Connecticut Prosecutor to Investigate Mueller Probe

Attorney General William Barr appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Attorney General William Barr appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington
Patty Aguilar | 15 May, 2019, 04:52

Amid a broad effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI, Trump and his allies have accused law enforcement officials of spying on his campaign and called for an investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe, which started at the FBI in mid-2016.

"But I think it's a great thing that he did it", Trump said.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., to travel to Louisiana.

Now, Attorney General William Barr has appointed John Durham, the USA attorney in CT, to investigate the origins of the Russian Federation investigation and decide whether intelligence gathering methods involving the Trump campaign were "lawful and appropriate". "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". "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.

When asked during testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Wray said that "spying" is "not the term I would use".

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Some Republicans have alleged that the FBI-Mueller probe was sparked by a dossier penned by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele at the behest of private investigators working for the Democratic Party.

Mr Barr, 68, acted after telling Congress a month ago that he believed "spying did occur" by U.S. intelligence services on the Trump campaign.

The probe is running parallel to a Justice Department inspector general's investigation into the FBI's handling of surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump said. Page's communications were surveilled in late 2016 and early 2017, after he left the Trump campaign. In 2009, President Barak Obama's Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded the scope of Durham's inquiry into investigating whether the CIA's abuse of detainees violated any laws.

On Tuesday, Blumenthal said Durham was a "talented professional tasked with a very unprofessional and unbecoming mission".

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