Trump Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Barr for Investigating Mueller Probe’s Origin

Clay Curtis
May 15, 2019

"I did not know about it", he said before repeating his usual criticism of the probe and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told CBN News that Barr "wants to know if the spying that was done on the Trump campaign had a proper predicate", adding, "I think a lot of Democrats are very anxious about what that probe is going to turn up".

"They want to look at how the whole hoax got started", Trump said Tuesday as he departed the White House for an event in Louisiana.

Attorney General William Barr appointed a USA attorney Monday night to investigate the shady origins of the Russia-Trump collusion probe and whether the DOJ acted "properly" while surveilling the Trump campaign heading into the 2016 election. Durham's is the latest government investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. "The FBI investigates", Comey said.

When asked during testimony before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Wray said that "spying" is "not the term I would use".

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"The investigation had nothing to do with the [Steele] dossier, it frankly had nothing to do with the Trump campaign".

Durham's new assignment comes just weeks after the US Justice Department's release in mid-April of the redacted version of the long-awaited report summarizing the outcome of the investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion and Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

Durham's inquiry, which will focus on whether the government's methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate, is separate from an investigation by the justice department's inspector general. "I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it".

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. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties. Trump selected him to be the US attorney in CT, and he was confirmed by the Senate in 2018.

Durham has been a special prosecutor the past, which includes an examination of the FBI's ties to a crime boss in Boston and Central Intelligence Agency abuses of detainees. "It's a waste of his talent", Blumenthal said.

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