William Barr appoints U.S. attorney to investigate Russia probe origins

Attorney General William P. Barr has tapped the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut to review the origins of allegations that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin to sway the 2016 election, according to a report late Monday.

Citing a source familiar with the matter, the Associated Press reported John H. Durham, U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, has been asked by Mr. Barr to get to the bottom of how the Justice Department and FBI began investigating members of the Trump campaign.

He will focus on whether the Justice Department’s methods of collecting intelligence on members of the Trump campaign were lawful and and appropriate, according to the Associated Press.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not immediately return a request for comment. Thomas Carson, a spokesman for Mr. Durham, also did not return calls.
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