'Spying' Investigation by Barr Not Requested by Me

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.

This is outrageous behavior, as are all those shady FISA warrants, as is the open talk of "insurance policies" and the criminal leaks to the media and the ever-expanding revelations about all the spying our own government did against a presidential campaign.

Huber is expected to complete his review of the Clinton matters in the coming weeks and has handed off everything related to spying on the Trump campaign to Durham, the person said.

The DOJ and FBI were instrumental in starting the investigation, likely due to political bias.

Barr has appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in CT, to conduct the inquiry, the person said.

Trump has publicly called for investigations into the Russian Federation probe, including tweeting last month, "INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!"

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

"If the attorney general asks you to do something, you do it", Nettles said.

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"Yes, I think spying did occur", Barr repeated, adding, "but the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated".

Trump and other Republicans have argued that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "spied" on Trump's campaign by surveilling former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page under a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. 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.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel departs her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2018.

In 2009, he was tapped by Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate alleged torture and killing of terror suspects by Central Intelligence Agency interrogators and contractors.

Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as USA attorney in CT by Trump. At the time, Connecticut's two Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, called Durham a "fierce, fair prosecutor" who knows how to try tough cases.

Barbara McQuade, also a former USA 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.

"This so-called investigation is a politically motivated distraction and threatens to sully his reputation as a straight-shooting, serious, smart prosecutor".

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