Attorney General William Barr's decision to select John Durham, the USA attorney in CT, for the task of examining the origins of the Russian Federation investigation should not come as a big surprise - Durham was already investigating FBI media leaks in the probe of Moscow's involvement in us elections.
Attorney General William Barr has opened a new investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, a move that seems suspiciously political.
Barr has chosen CT U.S. Attorney John Durham to head the review into whether there was improper spying on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The person couldn't discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham to oversee the new investigation into the beginnings of the Mueller probe.
Democrats say Trump is trying to use the spy charges to divert attention from the ongoing Congressional probe of his finances and the fact that Mueller declined to say whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to derail his investigation.
Amid a broad effort to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI, Trump and his allies have accused law enforcement officials of spying on his campaign and called for an investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe, which started at the FBI in mid-2016. 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.
Earlier in the week, as promised, Attorney General Bill Barr assigned a U.S. attorney to oversee the events and tactics that set into motion the lengthy and politically-explosive federal probe that was eventually inherited and concluded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as USA attorney in CT by Trump. "He's independent, he's tireless and he's very, very experienced so I think in many ways it's a natural choice".
Mr. Durham, who was nominated by Mr. Trump in 2017 and has been a Justice Department lawyer since 1982, has conducted special investigations under administrations of both parties. But law enforcement officials, especially at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, insist the surveillance was lawful, while Democrats say the administration is trying to invalidate the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller. The agency's watchdog is also examining the Russian Federation probe's origins and Barr has said he expects the watchdog report to be done in May or June.
Former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009 tasked Durham to investigate whether the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed tapes of interrogations and abused prisoners in its custody.
Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018.
Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as USA attorney in CT by Trump. "It's a waste of his talent", Blumenthal said.