Barr Orders Connecticut Prosecutor to Investigate Mueller Probe

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He also claimed that Barr was launching the probe on the origins of the Russian Federation investigation to "chill" anyone who looks into alleged wrongdoing by Trump and refuted Barr's claim that "spying" took place during the 2016 election and that it was simply an "investigation".

Castro said that Barr has been "a fixer" and protector for President Trump, adding that he thinks they're opening the investigation to "chill anybody else from looking into anything else that the president does".

As he left the White House on Tuesday for a trip to Louisiana, Trump referred to Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" - as he has frequently done in the past - and said he hadn't asked Barr to open the inquiry and hadn't known about it in advance.

Attorney General William Barr is reportedly working closely with the directors of the CIA, FBI and Office of the Director of National Intelligence to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, as well as surveillance efforts against the Trump campaign.

Durham, nominated as U.S. Attorney by Trump in late 2017 and confirmed in 2018, has prior experience as a special prosecutor.

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

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Durham, who has been with the Department of Justice since 1982, has led high-profile investigations such as a probe into the FBI's handling of informant and organized crime leader Whitey Bulger and the investigation into the CIA's destruction of videos allegedly showing torture of terrorism suspects.

"There is a substantial investigation, which as I understand it, is nearing completion, being conducted by the Justice Department Inspector General", Clapper said.

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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. That is also examining the Russian Federation probe origins and Barr expects it to be complete this month or next. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties.

Durham was confirmed as a USA attorney in February 2018 and had previously earned a reputation as a dogged career prosecutor tapped by previous attorneys general for other high-profile roles. 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".

Durham is a career federal prosecutor who has handled high-profile investigations before, including a probe into the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency tapes in 2005 of detainees being interrogated.

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