McCarthy: 'Ridiculous' for Brennan to Criticize Review of Russia Probe's Origins

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

He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties. The person couldn't discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Barr has chosen CT U.S. Attorney John Durham to head the review into whether there was improper spying on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the matter.

With Durham's appointment, Barr is addressing a rallying cry of Trump and his supporters, who have accused the justice department and Federal Bureau of Investigation of unlawfully spying on his campaign. "I did not know about it", he said before repeating his usual criticism of the probe and special counsel Robert Mueller.

A redacted version of his final report, released in mid-April, documented numerous contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, but found insufficient evidence to substantiate a conspiracy between the campaign and Moscow.

Trump, asked outside the White House on Tuesday if he had ordered Barr to look into the matter, told reporters, "No I didn't ask him to do that".

"It was the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the people of and you know what?"

"Well I didn't understand his answer because I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump said, adding that Wray's response to lawmakers was "ridiculous". "I think that's what everybody wants at this point".

Last year, the Department of Justice also launched an inspector general investigation into the FBI's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts, among other controversies surrounding the "Russiagate" probe.

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Mueller was appointed after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber was appointed in 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to review potential surveillance abuses by the FBI and DOJ as well as the feds' handling of the Clinton Foundation investigation.

In addition, Barr is personally working with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to review intelligence gathering techniques used to investigate Trump's 2016 campaign. The agency's watchdog is also examining the Russian Federation probe's origins and Barr has said he expects the watchdog report to be done in May or June.

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

Host Bill Hemmer said on "America's Newsroom" that Durham, the current USA attorney in the Constitution State, has been commonly described as a "bulldog of an investigator".

Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that has shadowed Trump's presidency began and whether there are any legal concerns.

In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in CT.

Barbara McQuade, also a former US attorney for the Eastern District of MI, said Durham's investigation of FBI corruption in the Whitey Bulger case earned him a "very good reputation", that may have appealed to Barr.

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