Barr taps U.S. attorney in CT to review origins of Russian Federation probe

John Durham shown in 2006 will examine the origins of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election

The US attorney general is stepping up inquiries into the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted and naming a US attorney to oversee the investigation.

Barr had confirmed the review publicly, though the person leading it was not previously known.

The warrant was obtained in October 2016, after Page left the Trump campaign, and the surveillance continued into 2017.

Durham was confirmed as a us attorney in February 2018 and had previously earned a reputation as a dogged career prosecutor tapped by previous attorneys general for other high-profile roles.

"I became President of the United States in one of the most hard fought and consequential elections in the history of our great nation", Pres. Trump wrote. "The FBI investigates", Comey said. Horowitz is investigating whether the FBI properly disclosed information about Steele and his investigation to the judges who approved the spy warrants against Page. "I think it's great".

Durham's new assignment comes just weeks after the US Justice Department's release in mid-April of the redacted version of the long-awaited report summarizing the outcome of the investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion and Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

Wray, who is now working with Barr on the broader intelligence review, has sought to distance himself from Barr's controversial "spying" comment. "I saw it last night".

"That is not the term I would use", he said at a Senate hearing.

"You know what? I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it".

In nominating him, the White House said Durham and other nominees for USA attorney jobs share Trump's vision for "making America safe again".

During Democratic President Barack Obama's tenure, Durham ran an investigation into harsh interrogation by the Central Intelligence Agency in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. "An informant working for US 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". 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.

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