Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review

Attorney General William Barr appears at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

"I think it's great".

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.

"I think spying did occur", Barr said during a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

In addition, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions assigned Utah's top federal prosecutor, John Huber, to conduct a review in order to determine whether it was necessary to hire another special counsel.

Host Bill Hemmer said on "America's Newsroom" that Durham, the current USA attorney in the Constitution State, has been commonly described as a "bulldog of an investigator".

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.

Durham is a career federal prosecutor who has handled high-profile investigations before, including a probe into the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency tapes in 2005 of detainees being interrogated.

Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that has shadowed Trump's presidency began and whether there are any legal concerns. "The question is whether it was adequately predicated".

"I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but I need to explore that".




His use of the term "spying" to describe court-authorized surveillance aimed at understanding a foreign government's interference in the election touched off criticism that he was echoing politically charged accusations by Mr. Trump and his Republican allies that the F.B.I. unfairly targeted the Trump campaign.

Last week, FBI Director Wray said he had personally seen no evidence of improper surveillance and that he was cooperating with Barr to "get to the bottom of an understanding of what the circumstances surrounding the initiation of that investigation were at the department and the FBI back in 2016".

Despite the seemingly familiar circumstances of his appointment, Durham is not taking on the title of special prosecutor.

As noted, this investigation is the third investigation that has been opened in connection with the underlying facts behind the Russian Federation investigation and largely appears to be in response to pressures from President Trump, Republicans on Capitol Hill, and conservative pundits on Fox News Channel and elsewhere.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) back in January, when the soon-to-be AG told Graham that, if confirmed, he would "look into what happened in 2016" regarding the investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Previous investigations have revealed this conspiracy theory to be without merit.

According to the report issued by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the FBI opened its investigation, acting upon information that George Papadopoulos, a minor official within the Trump campaign.

The unsubtle implication is that if Durham's findings are problematic for Democrats, or helpful to Trump, he'll trash his "apolitical" reputation and be transformed into a right-wing gargoyle - just the latest career official whose "soul" was "eaten" by the president, or whatever.

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