Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Barr for Investigating Mueller Probe’s Origin

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Clapper also emphasized "we're kind of losing sight" of the fact the initial cause of the probe was Russia's interference with USA political institutions and their efforts to have contacts with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.

"You know what? I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it".

As he prepared to depart the White House on Tuesday, Trump was asked whether he retained confidence in Wray, given his answer.

According to the document, the investigation did not find any evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign team.

Wray told lawmakers last week he had not seen evidence of improper surveillance, or spying, on any of the 2016 presidential campaign.

That comment landed Wray in hot water with Trump, who lashed out when asked about it by reporters on Tuesday. "Former FBI counsel Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was romantically involved, revealed during a closed-door congressional interview that the FBI "knew so little" about whether allegations against the Trump campaign were "true or not true, ' at the time that they opened the probe, noting that they had just 'a paucity of evidence because we are just starting down the path" of vetting the allegations", adds the report.

"There is a substantial investigation, which as I understand it, is nearing completion, being conducted by the Justice Department Inspector General", Clapper said. The report also drew no conclusion on whether Trump illegally tried to impede the Mueller probe. Current and former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have defended the agency's actions, saying they were obligated to investigate allegations of wrongdoing.

Durham, who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as US attorney in 2018, has a storied history of investigating issues of corruption and national security under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Durham was named by Barr several weeks ago, said the source, who confirmed it to Reuters anonymously because the Justice Department has not made a public announcement. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters.

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