Another Investigation Opens, This Time On FBI’s Spy Activity

The Trump Administration seems to be generating and the subject of one investigation after another. Of specific interest are the 2016 campaign and election of the president. Attorney General William Barr, very quietly at first, opened up yet ANOTHER investigation on top of all the others we’ve had. This one, though, puts the activity at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the vaunted FBI, in the spotlight. Barr wants to know how all the spying, er, surveillance on the Trump camp started.

And he found a lawyer to do the investigating who is known among political circles even if he is not a household name.

Fox News reported on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr had assigned John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry into alleged misconduct and alleged improper government surveillance on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election, as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors.

Durham, known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor, according to a source, will focus on the period before Nov. 7, 2016—including the use and assignments of FBI informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.

Barr first announced that he was reviewing the “conduct” of the FBI’s original Russia investigation during the summer of 2016 last month, following calls from Republicans, and President Trump, to investigate the origins of the probe.

“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” Barr testified on April 9.

According to his background, Durham is experienced in this sort of investigation and is known to get results. He investigated wrongful activity in the Boston FBI office as well as wrongdoing at the Central Intelligence Agency, among other investigations. If, as has been reported, the spying on the Trump campaign goes back at least to 2012, any number of people both known and unknown could be caught up in the dragnet.

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