Attorney General Bill Barr has appointed a US attorney to investigate the origins of the Russian Federation investigation and to determine if the FBI's surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016 was legal.
Barr has appointed John Durham for the assignment, according to the New York Times. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Kamala Harris grilling AG Barr over whether the White House had directed Barr to start any investigations, it was noted that President Donald Trump has long claimed that the entire investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with the Trump campaign a "hoax" a "witch hunt" and a scandal much bigger than even Watergate.More news: HTC flagships getting a slice of Android Pie starting this month
In its 448-page report, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team wrote that while its investigation established that the Trump campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from" information stolen in Russia-backed efforts, it "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".
Specifically, he has said he wants to review whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation had appropriate predicate for spying on the Trump campaign, for example, when it sought a surveillance warrant against former campaign adviser Carter Page.More news: Tiger Woods sued over restaurant staffer’s drink driving death
"Durham has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters", the AP reported.
"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.More news: The Moon is shrinking
"Now, the former director is a partisan pundit, selling books, and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul", he said.