The investigation is examining intelligence and surveillance used during the Russian Federation investigation that shadowed Donald Trump's presidency for almost two years.
"It would have been highly, highly inappropriate for us not to pursue it - and pursue it aggressively", Baker said. "This whole issue has become highly partisan and that's always treacherous waters". "I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it", Trump said. "You either do it or you quit".
In addition, Barr is personally working with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to review intelligence gathering techniques used to investigate Trump's 2016 campaign.
Steele was hired by the research firm Fusion GPS, which had also worked for a firm representing Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, so the president and his Republican allies called it a "fake dossier" that was politically motivated. The report also drew no conclusion on whether Trump illegally tried to impede the Mueller probe.
Barr went on to defend his use of the term at a subsequent hearing, telling lawmakers that spying "is a good English word" that accurately captures the FBI's behavior.
"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. I think it's great. "I believe that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance".
Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as USA attorney in ct by Trump. According to the New York Times, Durham's role is slightly different and essentially gives him "a special assignment but no special powers" and appears aimed at "sidestepping" the appointment of another special counsel like Robert S. Mueller III, which would allow for greater day-to-day independence.
Hemmer asked about another US attorney previously tasked with a similar investigation.
After a three-year investigation, Durham decided not to bring criminal charges against those involved.
In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in CT.
MSNBC's Chris Matthews blasted Attorney General Bill Barr today for assigning a USA attorney to oversee an investigation into the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.
"Generally, he's got a fine reputation", said Rossman, a former US attorney for the Eastern District of MI. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties.
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