Attorney general picks prosecutor to investigate FBI's Trump inquiry

John Durham shown in 2006 will examine the origins of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election

Attorney General Bill Barr has tapped the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to oversee the probe into the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News, an effort that President Donald Trump said on Tuesday makes him "so proud" while at the same time raising questions about FBI Director Chris Wray.

His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia's election interference and Trump associates.

Democrats have sought to label Barr's inquiry as a "fishing expedition", meant to provide cover for Trump's allegations that he was personally victimized by intelligence officials in the Obama Administration in an "attempted coup".

An internal review is already... "And I am not talking about the Federal Bureau of Investigation necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly".

Durham was named by Barr several weeks ago, said the source, who confirmed it to Reuters anonymously because the Justice Department has not made a public announcement.

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".

Brennan includes Attorney General Barr in his criticism because he said that Barr hasn't gone out of his way to dismiss the spying claim.

CIA director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI director Chris Wray are all participating in the investigation, which Barr first announced publicly during a congressional hearing last month.

"The lead agent in charge of investigating this said he thought Trump would be destabilizing, had an insurance policy (in case Trump was elected) and then promised his lover that we will stop it", he said.

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"Other than an overwhelming commitment to the cause of justice, the two great devotions of John's life are his Catholic faith and his family", Durham's longtime friend and colleague, Deputy Chief State's Attorney Leonard C. Boyle, said in 2018, according to The Day.

Durham has served in the USA attorney's office since 1989, holding a number of positions, including acting US attorney.

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.

And on Tuesday, Trump told reporters he "didn't understand" FBI Director Christopher Wray's "ridiculous" answer that the FBI didn't spy when looking into then-candidate Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

A person familiar with the appointment told the AP that Barr wants to determine whether the investigation into Trump's campaign was "lawful and appropriate".

Meanwhile, the attorney general has continued to keep his promise to investigate the investigators.

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.

Durham was appointed to his post by Trump in 2017 and has been a Justice Department attorney for almost 40 years.

Some Republicans, however, wanted the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, who would have broader powers and more independence, to investigate the origins of the Russian Federation probe.

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