Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Barr for Investigating Mueller Probe’s Origin

AG William Barr appoints top prosecutor to investigate how the Russia investigation started

A top USA prosecutor has been chosen by William Barr, the attorney-general, to review the origins of the investigation into Russian links with President Trump's campaign.

CIA director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI director Chris Wray are all participating in the investigation, which Barr first announced publicly during a congressional hearing last month.

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.

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. And you know what, I'm proud of our attorney general that his is looking into it.

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

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

"The lead agent in charge of investigating this said he thought Trump would be destabilizing, had an insurance policy (in case Trump was elected) and then promised his lover that we will stop it", he said.

"So if you are a Democrat, I think you would be really anxious to see the appointment of a career prosecutor like this". The agency's watchdog is also examining the Russian Federation probe's origins and Barr has said he expects the watchdog report to be done in May or June.

Durham was nominated by Trump in 2017 and has served as a lawyer within the Justice Department for almost 40 years, according to the Times.

Both the inspector general's investigation and the inquiry being conducted by Huber are winding down, the person familiar with the inquiries said.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters.

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