Attorney General William Barr has appointed a federal prosecutor to investigate how the Russia witch hunt began and whether the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016 was legal.
According to The Associated Press, sources say Barr “appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry.”
In April, sources in the Trump administration told Fox News that Barr had assembled a team to investigate the origins of the Russia probe and whether the Obama administration’s FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign broke the law.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr said during a congressional hearing in April.
Fox News reported on Monday that sources had told the network 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 includes 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,” Fox added. “An informant working for U.S. 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 Russia, it emerged earlier this month. And, Papadopoulos told Fox News, the informant tried to ‘seduce’ him as part of the ‘bizarre’ episode.”
Rep. Mark Meadows took to Twitter to applaud Barr’s move and commend Durham.
“John Durham is an outstanding choice for special prosecutor investigating 2016 pre-election activities—his selection further demonstrates Bill Barr’s tenacity and determined desire to get to the truth and restore credibility at the top tier of the DOJ and FBI,” Meadows wrote.
John Durham is an outstanding choice for special prosecutor investigating 2016 pre-election activities—his selection further demonstrates Bill Barr’s tenacity and determined desire to get to the truth and restore credibility at the top tier of the DOJ and FBI.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) May 14, 2019
Earlier this month, Barr put the final nail in the collusion coffin and reiterated countless times that Mueller found no evidence that Trump, his campaign, or any American colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Barr said he consulted with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and they both determined there was no evidence to charge Trump with obstructing justice in the Russia probe.
The president has been completely vindicated after the two-year Russia witch hunt.
Barr and Mueller have made it clear that there is no evidence of collusion or obstruction.
But now the tables have turned — and Barr is honoring his pledge to investigate those who started the Russia witch hunt.
Some Obama officials are likely very worried about this and what will be uncovered.