Thursday, 28 May, 2020

AG Barr asks CT U.S. attorney to review Russian Federation probe

AG Barr asks CT U.S. attorney to review Russian Federation probe AG Barr asks CT U.S. attorney to review Russian Federation probe
Deanna Wagner | 15 May, 2019, 04:52

The probe is running parallel to a Justice Department inspector general's investigation into the FBI's handling of surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"Well I didn't understand his answer because I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump said, adding that Wray's response to lawmakers was "ridiculous".

The Republican-led House Intelligence Committee issued in a memo in February 2018 presenting evidence that President Obama's Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department submitted the Democrat-funded - and now debunked - anti-Trump dossier to a FISA court to obtain warrants to spy on the Trump campaign.

"But I think it's a great thing that he did it", Trump said. His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the FBI's counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 election into alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Moscow, the newspaper noted.

The warrant was obtained in October 2016, after Page left the Trump campaign, and the surveillance continued into 2017. He later said he didn't mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel's investigation.

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When asked during testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Wray said that "spying" is "not the term I would use". 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.

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

Durham was named by Barr several weeks ago, said the source, who confirmed it to Reuters anonymously because the Justice Department has not made a public announcement.

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. At the time, Connecticut's two Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, called Durham a "fierce, fair prosecutor" who knows how to try tough cases. 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.