US Attorney General William Barr has requested assistance in reviewing the origins of the Russia probe. Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham has reportedly been working with Barr for a few weeks on determining whether investigators’ actions were appropriate in the early stages of the probe, as Attorney General is concerned about possible “improper surveillance of Trump’s campaign.”
“Spying on a campaign is a big deal,” said William Barr, “I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated.”
“I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all,” said Barr. “I just want to satisfy myself that there were no abuse of law enforcement or intelligence powers. I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it’s important to look at that. And I’m not just talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly,” he added.
Christopher Wray, FBI Director, claimed he was not aware of any evidence that would prove FBI to have overstepped its authorities. “It’s not the term I would use,” said Wray referring to the word “spying” used by the Attorney General.
President Donald Trump and some Republicans in Congress have claimed that he president’s campaign was targeted by the investigators for political reasons. Now Durham, who is considered to be a “fierce and fair” prosecutor, is to determine whether actions related to the Trump campaign were lawful.
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