CIA Joins Barr in Investigating Origins of Trump Campaign Surveillance

CIA Joins Barr in Investigating Origins of Trump Campaign Surveillance

The U.S. Department of Justice inspector general's office is already conducting a similar investigation.

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. Barr is working in close collaboration with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the source said.

"Congressman, it's an embarrassment to have an Attorney general who looks like a Roy Cohn, a guy who will do anything to defend the president and now has become his hitman". It is not clear when the other two investigations launched by the Department of Justice under either Barr or former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will conclude.

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

John Durham, a federal prosecutor in CT, speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn.in this April 25, 2006 file photo.

"I think that people will have confidence in [Durham's probe] because of him, and the fact that he is seen as apolitical [and] nonpartisan", Bream said. Durham has been with the Justice Department since 1982, serving with distinction in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

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Wray said last week that he did not consider court-approved Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance to be "spying" and said he had no evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation illegally monitored Trump's campaign.

"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. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters. And I'm not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated. "For the same reason we're anxious about foreign influence in elections".

The investigation is examining intelligence and surveillance used during the Russian Federation investigation that shadowed Donald Trump's presidency for almost two years.

The president has been calling for an examination into the probe for months, calling it a "witch hunt" and "politically motivated".

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.

Yet Mr. Durham's role - essentially giving him a special assignment but no special powers - also appeared aimed at sidestepping the rare appointment of another special counsel like Robert S. Mueller III, a role that allows greater day-to-day independence. Huber was also tasked with looking into the Clinton Foundation and whether Clinton played a role in the Obama administration's decision to let a Russian-backed company, Uranium One, purchase USA uranium mines in 2010.

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