Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation helping Barr to investigate origins of Trump-Russia inquiry
May 15 2019
President Trump swears he did not ask his attorney general to look into how the Russian Federation probe began, a possible investigation he and his closet Republican allies have been pushing publicly for months.
President Trump recently referred to the Russian Federation investigation as one of the biggest hoaxes in US history.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told CBN News that Barr "wants to know if the spying that was done on the Trump campaign had a proper predicate", adding, "I think a lot of Democrats are very anxious about what that probe is going to turn up". William Barr is working with the CIA director, Gina Haspel; director of national intelligence, Dan Coats; and Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Christopher Wray, as part of the inquiry.
Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that shadowed Trump's presidency for almost two years began and whether there are any legal concerns. And you know what, I'm proud of our attorney general that his is looking into it. I think it's great.
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. These concerns were in part fueled by the revelation that the FISA warrant obtained to surveil Trump campaign national-security adviser Carter Page was based on information provided in the unsubstantiated Steele dossier.
The review will also examine whether a dossier that included salacious accusations against Trump was fabricated by the Russian government to dupe USA intelligence agencies and the FBI, Barr has said.
President Trump nominated Durham, a Department of Justice attorney since 1982, to be the U.S. Attorney in CT in 2017.
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. He has a history of performing special investigations - in 2008 he was assigned by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to conduct a probe of the Central Intelligence Agency over the destruction of videotapes that showed terrorism suspects being tortured. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, is also examining aspects of the investigation, the Times reported.