Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation helping Barr to investigate origins of Trump-Russia inquiry

Attorney General William Barr taps Connecticut prosecutor to examine origins of Russia probe

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'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. Durham's is the latest government investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", Barr said during a congressional hearing in April.

"So if you are a Democrat, I think you would be really anxious to see the appointment of a career prosecutor like this".

Wray said last week that he did not consider court-approved Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance to be "spying" and said he had no evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation illegally monitored Trump's campaign.

Barr angered Democrats last month when he echoed language used by Trump's allies in saying he shared concerns about "spying" on Trump's campaign.

A source also told Fox News that Barr is working "collaboratively" on the investigation with FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and that Durham is also working directly with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is now reviewing allegations of misconduct in issuance of FISA warrants, and the role of FBI informants during the early stages of the investigation.

The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is also investigating whether political bias influenced investigation decisions related to the president and his campaign. "I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it". He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties. 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.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019.

Durham has been a special prosecutor the past, which includes an examination of the FBI's ties to a crime boss in Boston and Central Intelligence Agency abuses of detainees.

"This so-called investigation is a politically motivated distraction and threatens to sully his reputation as a straight-shooting, serious, smart prosecutor".

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