Barr Reportedly Working Closely With CIA To Review Russia Probe Origins

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The recently concluded investigation from special counsel Robert Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin to tip the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

"I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it", he said.

The former attorney general Jeff Sessions had appointed another USA attorney, John Huber, in March 2018 to review aspects of the Russian Federation investigation, following grievances from Republican lawmakers. Huber, the US attorney in Utah, is also examining aspects of the Russian Federation investigation. And Republicans conducted their own investigations when they controlled the House of Representatives, including revealing details of the FBI's wiretap use. I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that.

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.

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

Yoo emphasized that "you wouldn't go with a U.S. Attorney like Durham, someone of his stature, unless the attorney general thinks actually something criminal might have happened, that someone might have violated the law, that there might have been malfeasance, that people at the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Justice Department were acting out of partisan motives, not just out of incompetence or stupidity or they were duped by the Russians or Steele or the English or by the Clinton campaign".

The attorney-general has been accused of pandering to repeated claims by Mr Trump that his predecessor had a spy illegally placed into his campaign and that the Mueller investigation was politically motivated.

"The investigation had nothing to do with the [Steele] dossier, it frankly had nothing to do with the Trump campaign". He has a history of performing special investigations - in 2008 he was assigned by Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to conduct a probe of the Central Intelligence Agency over the destruction of videotapes that showed terrorism suspects being tortured. In 2009, President Barak Obama's Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expanded the scope of Durham's inquiry into investigating whether the CIA's abuse of detainees violated any laws. Trump selected him to be the USA attorney in CT, and he was confirmed by the Senate in 2018. "It's a waste of his talent", Blumenthal said.

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