Barr Orders Connecticut Prosecutor to Investigate Mueller Probe

Barr has stated previously that he believes there was "spying" on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the Trump campaign.

"The investigation had nothing to do with the [Steele] dossier, it frankly had nothing to do with the Trump campaign".

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.

FBI Director Chris Wray said last week that he does not consider court-approved FBI surveillance to be "spying" and said he has no evidence the FBI illegally monitored Trump's campaign.

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. 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. "It seems very unfair to me", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

When asked in his congressional testimony last week about Barr's use of the term "spying", Wray answered that it was not a term he would use.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee May 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Barr testified on the Justice Department's investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions named Huber to investigate a host of GOP concerns, he said the US attorney would be working "in cooperation" with the inspector general, but some people who have been interviewed by investigators with the inspector general's office have seen no obvious indication of Huber's involvement, people familiar with the matter said.

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.

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