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Barr Orders Connecticut Prosecutor to Investigate Mueller Probe

15 May 2019

The New York Timesreported Monday night that Barr had appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to investigate the origins of the investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that the appointment of federal prosecutor John Durham to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation is sending shockwaves through Washington. And you know what, I'm proud of our attorney general that his is looking into it.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", he said.

Trump denied that he ordered Barr to launch the investigation, though he has repeatedly encouraged it in public remarks.

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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.

Barr has signaled concern about the DOJ and FBI's biased surveillance of Trump associates.

Barr told the Senate Judiciary panel that his team will determine whether there was any improper "spying" on the Trump campaign in 2016, including whether intelligence collection began earlier than previously known and how many confidential informants the Federal Bureau of Investigation used.

Durham was nominated by Trump in 2017 after serving as a lawyer within the Justice Department since 1982, according to The Times.

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Durham, the USA attorney in CT, will look into how the Russian Federation investigation into alleged ties between President Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin originated, according to the New York Times.

Barr assigned CT prosecutor John Durham to the task.

The review that Barr has commissioned is broad-based and includes working with Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, according to the person.

An internal review is already... That means allegations of improper spying will stay alive for many months and possibly through the presidential election next year.

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The inquiry, which will focus on whether the government's methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate, is separate from an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, is also examining aspects of the investigation, the Times reported. He had 18 people that didn't like Donald Trump that were Hillary Clinton fans.

Barr Orders Connecticut Prosecutor to Investigate Mueller Probe