The Wall Street Journal reported Monday evening that Barr has tapped CT U.S. attorney John Durham to help examine the origins of the FBI counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation interference in the 2016 election, which served as the pretext for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's appointment.
US Attorney John Durham was tapped to determine if the government's methods of collecting intelligence involving the 2016 Trump campaign were "lawful and appropriate", the Associated Press reported, citing a source.More news: Facebook increases pay for contractors and content moderators
Durham, the United States attorney in CT, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.'s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.
Barr has appointed John Durham for the assignment, according to the New York Times. Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.More news: Salah enjoys Premier League Golden Boot win
Barr sent shockwaves through Washington after he acknowledged earlier this year during a hearing that he would review the origins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign, and again when he referred to those activities as "spying". He later said he didn't mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel's investigation.
In 2008, former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Durham to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes which showed terrorism suspected being tortured.More news: Ballon d'Or: Former Juventus star Benatia believes Ronaldo deserves award over Messi
It was "very disturbing" to see the FISA court had been abused when reading about how the "nefarious nature" of how the investigation into President Donald Trump's campaign began, Scalise said. 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.