BARR REPORTEDLY WORKING CLOSELY WITH CIA TO REVIEW RUSSIA PROBE ORIGINS
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.
According to CNN, Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and ODNI Director Dan Coats on the interagency review.
Barr told Congress in April that he planned to form a team within the Justice Department to investigate whether the U.S. government improperly surveilled the Trump campaign.
“I think spying did occur,” Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 10.
“Yes, I think spying did occur,” Barr repeated, adding, “but the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated.”
“I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”
On Monday, it was reported that Barr appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, to investigate the matter.
The probe is running parallel to a Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI’s handling of surveillance warrants against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Michael Horowitz, the inspector general, is also reportedly investigating the FBI’s use of confidential informants, including dossier author Christopher Steele and former Cambridge professor Stefan Halper. (RELATED: Barr: ‘I Think Spying Did Occur’ Against Trump Campaign)