Attorney general picks prosecutor to investigate FBI's Trump inquiry

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Durham, US attorney in ct, has been tapped by Barr to examine special counsel Robert Mueller's probe's inception, the New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

"I think spying did occur", Barr said during a hearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Attorney General William Barr has assigned a federal prosecutor in CT to examine the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report. "An informant working for USA intelligence posed as a Cambridge University research assistant in September 2016 to try to probe George Papadopoulos, then a Trump foreign policy adviser, on the campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation, it emerged earlier this 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.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", he said.

Mr Barr, 68, acted after telling Congress a month ago that he believed "spying did occur" by USA intelligence services on the Trump campaign.

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Barr angered Democrats last month when he echoed language used by Trump's allies in saying he shared concerns about "spying" on Trump's campaign.

The inquiry, which will focus on whether the government's methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate, is separate from an investigation by the Justice Department's inspector general.

Trump and other Republicans have argued that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "spied" on Trump's campaign by surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page under a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. Despite being a Trump appointee, Durham was recommended for the position by Connecticut's Democratic senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy who characterized him as having earned "immense respect as a no-nonsense, fierce and fair prosecutor".