Donald Trump Praises Bill Barr for Investigating Russia 'Hoax' Origin

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"I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it".

The former attorney general Jeff Sessions had appointed another U.S. attorney, John Huber, in March 2018 to review aspects of the Russian Federation investigation, following grievances from Republican lawmakers.

In 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions assigned Utah's top federal prosecutor John Huber to review a wide range of issues that Republicans had complained about, from how the FBI handled investigations related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, to questions about the origins of the Russian Federation probe. "I did not know about it", he said before repeating his usual criticism of the probe and special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.

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.

"Not only has Durham gone up against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and won before and even Mueller, he has investigated the FBI's use of informants, which played a larger role in the inception of the FBI's case against the Trump campaign". According to reports, Barr has begun a multi-agency investigation into possible surveillance on the Trump campaign.

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Clapper went on to say "we're kind of losing sight" of the fact that the investigation was caused by Russia's interfere with American political institutions and their attempts to engage with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

The attorney-general has been accused of pandering to repeated claims by Mr Trump that his predecessor had a spy illegally placed into his campaign and that the Mueller investigation was politically motivated. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties.

President Trump nominated Durham for his current post a year ago and the Senate unanimously confirmed him.

In 2008, former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Durham to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes which showed terrorism suspected being tortured. "It's a waste of his talent", Blumenthal said.

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