AG Barr Appoints John Durham To Investigate Origins of Russia Investigation

Cheryl Sanders
May 14, 2019

Durham, the US attorney in CT, has been tapped by the nation's chief law enforcement officer to dig into the probe's inception, The New York Times reported Monday night, citing two individuals familiar with the matter.

Attorney General William Barr has assigned a federal prosecutor in CT to examine the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report.

Durham was nominated by Trump in 2017 after serving as a lawyer within the Justice Department since 1982, according to The Times. According to the document, the investigation did not find any evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign team.

In April, a Trump administration official told Fox News that Barr had assembled a team to investigate the origins of the Obama administration's FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

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.

As several sources noted, Durham had a history of investigating the investigators.

Separately, the DOJ's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is due to issue a report on his findings on whether the FBI acted improperly when investigating the Trump campaign and launching an investigation in July 2016.

Durham has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI's relationship with mobsters.

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.

Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018.

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