Skip to comments.BREAKING: Bill Barr appoints ‘bulldog’ U.S. attorney to investigate spying on Trump campaign…
Posted on 05/14/2019 6:16:11 AM PDT by Red Badger
Feeling Sexy might indict Hillary pic.twitter.com/vumxPQWCJh
John H Durham (@John_H_Durham) May 14, 2019
Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection efforts targeting the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News on Monday evening.
John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, will conduct the inquiry, the source said. The move comes as the Trump administration has pushed for answers on why federal authorities conducted the surveillance as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors.
Two sources told Fox News earlier today that Barr was serious and had assigned DOJ personnel to the probe. Durham is known as a hard-charging, bulldog prosecutor, Fox News is told.
Sources familiar with matter say the focus of the probe includes the pre-transition period prior to Nov. 7, 2016 including the use and initiation of informants, as well as potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses.
Mr. Durhams probe will focus on whether the Justice Department lawfully collected intelligence on Trump campaign associates, according to both the New York Times and Associated Press, each citing sources familiar with the matter.
It is not clear what investigative powers Mr. Durham will have or whether Mr. Barr will authorize a team or budget. Special counsel Robert Mueller had a squad of roughly 20 people to conduct his investigation.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not immediately return a request for comment. Thomas Carson, a spokesman for Mr. Durham, declined to comment.
President Trump has long demanded the Justice Department look into whether the FBI spied on his campaign at the behest of the Obama administration. His calls have increased since Mr. Mueller concluded there was no evidence that the president or members of his campaign colluded with Russia.
Mr. Durhams probe is the third known investigation into FBI and Justice Department decisions surrounding the 2016 election. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is evaluating the Justice Departments wiretaps on former campaign associate Carter Page. And John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, is also reviewing a surveillance warrant obtained by the FBI to spy on Mr. Page.
Mr. Horowitzs findings are expected to be released this month or next while the progress of Mr. Hubers probe has remained shrouded in mystery.
In addition, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has also pledged an aggressive committee investigation into the FBI and Justice Departments actions in 2016. He said the probe will target how the department was so in the tank for [Hillary] Clinton and hated Trumps guts.
The Durham probe is not a surprise as Mr. Barr signaled earlier this month that he had people in the department helping him examine intelligence actions related to the Trump campaign.
Mr. Durham, who was sworn in as U.S. attorney on February 22, has worked at the Justice Department since 1982 and has plenty of experience conducting high-level special investigations.
Shouldn’t this guy be relocated to the swamp to more swiftly locate the drain plug?
Probably but they said that Barr has complete control this way rather than with a special appointment like mueller.
I am actually hopeful with this guy.
FYI the twitter account is a parody account. He didn’t tweet that even though it would be bust a gut funny if he did.
In before the “Nothing’s gonna happen” bums
He’ll need to order a couple of pre-dawn SWAT raids on unarmed elderly couples to earn that label.
I hope the pucker factor went up in DC.
I LOVE that Durham was sworn into his position on February 22: President’s Day!!
John H Durham — the NEW Most Hated Man in America — today, anyway.
Yeah that is pretty cool.
But HOW did you know that?
Was it in the article that I was too lazy to read all of? :)
Joe DiGenova vouched for Barr and so far his assessment has proven to be correct.
This new guy seems to have a background where he went to cleanup after Herr “Weasel” Mueller’s shenanigans in Boston were brought to light.
He sounds like a good candidate to do another Herr “Weasel” Mueller cleanup....
That’s good to know.
I don’t even know who Barr was or where he came from before all this!
But I usually don’t know a lot of the actors like others do on the board.
This should have never been able to happen in America.
Some bloggers nap.
He is from CT..let’s see how it all plays out! But I have no faith in our legal system or much less from this guy from Connecticut when it comes to prosecutiing liberals! IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN! Hitlery will skate along with the comey’s swamp rats!! IT JUST AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!!
The first indictment will be sufficient.
What ever happened to the other one, Huber?
Is he still alive?
Have not heard from Huber in years.
Has Nadler held him in contempt yet?
Huber? He’s the FBI Inspector General.....................
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