Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

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

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

With Durham's appointment, Barr is addressing a rallying cry of Trump and his supporters, who have accused the justice department and Federal Bureau of Investigation of unlawfully spying on his campaign.

The investigation is examining intelligence and surveillance used during the Russian Federation investigation that shadowed Donald Trump's presidency for almost two years. "I think that's what everybody wants at this point".

A probe into the legality of the special warrant used to monitor Page is already under way by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is due to release his findings in coming weeks.

The FBI was accused of misleading the FISA court in 2016, while seeking a warrant on Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page, by basing its warrant request on the unverified information collected by retired British spy Christopher Steele, but telling the courts the information was "corroborated" and "reliable".

Trump's campaign is publicly calling for criminal investigations into former FBI officials and is making "spygate" fundraising pitches, seeking to turn the tables and transform the Russian Federation investigation into a political asset instead of a liability.

Mueller was appointed after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Records of the FBI's investigation and sources familiar with the matter say that, while the dossier played a role, it did not prompt the FBI to open the inquiry, which was handed off in May 2017 to Mueller, who completed his probe in March.

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.

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.

Durham, who was appointed US attorney by Trump, has a long and impressive resume and has been tasked by both Democratic and Republican administration's to handle sensitive investigations.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel departs her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018.

Despite being a Trump appointee, Durham was recommended for the position by Connecticut's Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy who characterized him as having earned "immense respect as a no-nonsense, fierce and fair prosecutor". 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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