William Barr appoints USA attorney to examine origins of Russian Federation probe

William Barr appoints USA attorney to examine origins of Russian Federation probe

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly assigned a federal prosecutor in CT to evaluate the origins of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Attorney General William Barr has enlisted the help of the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate whether the FBI's surveillance of the Trump campaign was motivated by partisan bias, CNN reported Tuesday.

Barr appointed John Durham, the US attorney in CT, to conduct the inquiry, the person said.

Durham's assignment is likely to please the White House and Republicans, who have long claimed an anti-Trump bias at the Justice Department and FBI spurred federal investigations into the president's alleged ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia's election interference and Trump associates.

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He may have been referring to a surveillance warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained on ex-Trump associate Carter Page and the use of an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant to look into former Trump campaign foreign police adviser George Papadopoulos.

Barr drew the ire of top Democrats last month when he confirmed that he believed the FBI's surveillance of Page and other campaign officials constituted "spying", though he stopped short of asserting the surveillance activity was not properly predicated.

The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is also investigating whether political bias influenced investigation decisions related to the president and his campaign.

It was "very disturbing" to see the FISA court had been abused when reading about how the "nefarious nature" of how the investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign began, Scalise said.

In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in CT.

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