Barr launches new inquiry into origins of Russian Federation probe

Barr launches new inquiry into origins of Russian Federation probe

The newspaper noted that the inquiry is the third publicly known investigation focused on the FBI's counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign.

Durham also ran a task force looking into allegedly corrupt dealings between law enforcement officials in Boston and James "Whitey" Bulger, a now-deceased crime gang leader.

Trump and his supporters have seized on both to accuse the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of unlawfully spying on his campaign.

Democrats have accused Trump of using the allegations to divert attention from the special counsel Robert Mueller's findings that Russian Federation aided Trump's 2016 campaign and that he could not exonerate the president on the question of whether he tried to impede Mueller's investigation.

President Donald Trump and some other Republicans have called for a special counsel to "investigate the investigators" after special counsel Robert Mueller's report found that the president's campaign did not collude with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election.

"There is a substantial investigation, which as I understand it, is nearing completion, being conducted by the Justice Department Inspector General", Clapper said. I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that.

Durham's appointment comes just weeks after Barr told members of Congress that he was building a team to investigate spying against the Trump campaign.

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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.

The review will also examine whether a dossier that included salacious accusations against Trump was fabricated by the Russian government to dupe US intelligence agencies and the FBI, Barr has 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.

Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that has shadowed Trump's presidency began and whether there are any legal concerns.

President Trump nominated Durham, a Department of Justice attorney since 1982, to be the U.S. Attorney in CT in 2017.

In 2008, former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Durham to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes which showed terrorism suspected being tortured.

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