Barr Tabs Special Prosecutor to Look Into Origins of Russia Hoax


William Barr is working with the CIA director, Gina Haspel; director of national intelligence, Dan Coats; and Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Christopher Wray, as part of the inquiry.

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.

The president and his supporters have long contended that the Obama administration used the intelligence community to illegally spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.

The investigation fell flat on its face after special counsel Robert Mueller, who had been looking into the alleged collusion since Trump took office, declared that no collusion had ever taken place. Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.

That comment landed Wray in hot water with Trump, who lashed out when asked about it by reporters on Tuesday.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday that the appointment of federal prosecutor John Durham to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation is sending shockwaves through Washington.

Attorney General wants to know if anti-Trump bias drove use of Steele dossier to get FISA warrant... I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that.

While Durham has been appointed to this special investigative assignment, he is notably not a special counsel, a role that would come with increased authority.

"The inquiry will focus on whether the government's methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate", The AP added. That is also examining the Russian Federation probe origins and Barr expects it to be complete this month or next. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, is also examining aspects of the investigation, the Times reported.

Durham, who has been with the Department of Justice since 1982, has led high-profile investigations such as a probe into the FBI's handling of informant and organized crime leader Whitey Bulger and the investigation into the CIA's destruction of videos allegedly showing torture of terrorism suspects.

Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018.