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Washington - AP: Barr Appoints US Attorney To Examine Russia Probe Origins, Determine If Intelligence Collection Was Lawful

Published on: May 13, 2019 09:21 PM
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Attorney General William Barr appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)Attorney General William Barr appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Washington - Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was “lawful and appropriate,” a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Monday.

Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry, the person said. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Durham’s appointment comes about a month after Barr told members of Congress he believed “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016. 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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Barr provided no details about what “spying” may have taken place but appeared to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on a former Trump associate, Carter Page, and the FBI’s use of an informant while the bureau was investigating former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Trump and his supporters have seized on both to accuse the Justice Department and the FBI of unlawfully spying on his campaign.

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. The agency’s watchdog is also examining the Russia probe’s origins and Barr has said he expects the watchdog report to be done in May or June.

Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that shadowed Trump’s presidency for nearly two years began and whether there are any legal concerns.

The recently concluded investigation from special counsel Robert Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as U.S. attorney in Connecticut by Trump. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office’s relationship with mobsters.

In nominating him, the White House said Durham and other nominees for U.S. attorney jobs share Trump’s vision for “making America safe again.”

Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018. 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 addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut.



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 May 13, 2019 at 09:47 PM Juno Says:

The Clinton Obama House of Cards is collapsing right in front of our very own eyes. Going to get to the bottom of the Russia Collison.

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 May 13, 2019 at 10:20 PM Anonymous Says:

This investigation will turn up more dirt on trump and his corrupt cabal and end up destroying him. An amazing abuse of power to try to deflect from the 20+ investigations going on vs trump and his dismal presidency. Maybe Jew-hater Viktor Orban can run the investigation of Kushner.

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 May 13, 2019 at 11:36 PM Indict all them Says:

That’s good.
And lock up comney clapper brennen and evil obumer.

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 May 14, 2019 at 02:09 AM Realistic Says:

Third review opened by the Justice department, plus 2 by the senate and congress.

So far, nothing to show

But all he wants is to please Trump

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 May 14, 2019 at 09:04 AM Sam Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

This investigation will turn up more dirt on trump and his corrupt cabal and end up destroying him. An amazing abuse of power to try to deflect from the 20+ investigations going on vs trump and his dismal presidency. Maybe Jew-hater Viktor Orban can run the investigation of Kushner.

Sure. You told us the Muller would almost turn up something. It’s over. Move on.

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 May 14, 2019 at 09:08 AM georgeg Says:

And the Democrats will stonewall just like they stonewalled in all those other investigations, where the Republicans were too gentlemanly to force the matter.Even Obama's own Inspector General investigation (report in 2016, still under the Obama Administration) listed the highly questionable and probably highly illegal Clinton activities, and "no one did nothing".

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 May 14, 2019 at 10:56 AM JohnJay Says:

The FBI and National Security Agency are on the record as to why they started their investigations of trump and his colluding campaign. Its no secret. Its why crazed Gen 'in 'like' Flynn was FIRED. Or did the Russian trolls and alt-yidden forget that mamzer Flynn lied to Pence and was FIRED!

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 May 14, 2019 at 11:59 AM Educated Archy Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

This investigation will turn up more dirt on trump and his corrupt cabal and end up destroying him. An amazing abuse of power to try to deflect from the 20+ investigations going on vs trump and his dismal presidency. Maybe Jew-hater Viktor Orban can run the investigation of Kushner.

keep dreaming. Mueller went bye bye. Its over. Next?

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 May 14, 2019 at 12:53 PM Phineas Says:

Bad move by Barr. Anyone defending himself will have the right to subpoena documents they otherwise wouldn't have.

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 May 14, 2019 at 03:47 PM qazxc Says:

And when he's done with this he'll investigate Benghazi.

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 May 14, 2019 at 04:37 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

This investigation will turn up more dirt on trump and his corrupt cabal and end up destroying him. An amazing abuse of power to try to deflect from the 20+ investigations going on vs trump and his dismal presidency. Maybe Jew-hater Viktor Orban can run the investigation of Kushner.

You sourness and bitterness protrudes !

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 May 14, 2019 at 04:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Realistic Says:

Third review opened by the Justice department, plus 2 by the senate and congress.

So far, nothing to show

But all he wants is to please Trump

But your Democraps after 2 years of investigations and coming up with NOTHING, that seems fine by you. Well the tables have turned !!!

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 May 14, 2019 at 04:41 PM Yes! Says:

Reply to #1  
Juno Says:

The Clinton Obama House of Cards is collapsing right in front of our very own eyes. Going to get to the bottom of the Russia Collison.

Finally! Lock them up!!!! And make them repay the taxpayer funding wasted on the fake 2-year Russia collusion hoax!

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 May 14, 2019 at 04:42 PM Nice try Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

This investigation will turn up more dirt on trump and his corrupt cabal and end up destroying him. An amazing abuse of power to try to deflect from the 20+ investigations going on vs trump and his dismal presidency. Maybe Jew-hater Viktor Orban can run the investigation of Kushner.

Still dreaming, snowflake?

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 May 14, 2019 at 04:43 PM hashimer and all his screen names Says:

Reply to #7  
JohnJay Says:

The FBI and National Security Agency are on the record as to why they started their investigations of trump and his colluding campaign. Its no secret. Its why crazed Gen 'in 'like' Flynn was FIRED. Or did the Russian trolls and alt-yidden forget that mamzer Flynn lied to Pence and was FIRED!

How many screen names do you have, hashomer?

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 May 14, 2019 at 05:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
JohnJay Says:

The FBI and National Security Agency are on the record as to why they started their investigations of trump and his colluding campaign. Its no secret. Its why crazed Gen 'in 'like' Flynn was FIRED. Or did the Russian trolls and alt-yidden forget that mamzer Flynn lied to Pence and was FIRED!

Flynn is a not a mamzer. He is a war hero and served our country for years. He made a mistake and lied. You are fake news sir.

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 May 14, 2019 at 05:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
qazxc Says:

And when he's done with this he'll investigate Benghazi.

Only after you finish with COLLUSION

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 May 15, 2019 at 08:52 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

Only after you finish with COLLUSION

Sorry we can't do that. We still aren't finished investigating Whitewater.

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