Attorney General William Barr reportedly taps a U.S. attorney to investigate the roots of the Russia probe.
Reports surfaced Monday evening Barr assigned the top U.S. attorney in Connecticut, John Durham, to determine if surveillance efforts targeting the Trump campaign during the 2016 election were “lawful and appropriate.”
According to reports, the probe is likely to focus on the Department of Justice’s use of informants and potential abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The alleged assignment comes just weeks after Barr told lawmakers during his testimony on Capitol Hill he does believe spying occurred during the last election cycle.
A report surfaced earlier this month suggesting a U.S. intelligence official posed as an academic research assistant back in 2016 to try to “seduce” former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos over potential Russian ties with the campaign.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 14, 2019
The decision to obtain a secret FISA warrant in an effort to surveil ex-aide Carter Paige will reportedly be investigated as well.
DOJ officials used the infamous Steele dossier as justification for the FISA applications, which was never verified, and ultimately funded by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee.
President Trump has repeatedly called for investigation into the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which he dubs the “witch hunt.”