In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in ct. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
A source also told Fox News that Barr is working "collaboratively" on the investigation with FBI Director Chris Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and that Durham is also working directly with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is now reviewing allegations of misconduct in issuance of FISA warrants, and the role of FBI informants during the early stages of the investigation.
The investigation fell flat on its face after special counsel Robert Mueller, who had been looking into the alleged collusion since Trump took office, declared that no collusion had ever taken place.
A redacted version of his final report, released in mid-April, documented numerous contacts between Trump's campaign and Russian officials, but found insufficient evidence to substantiate a conspiracy between the campaign and Moscow.
As he left the White House on Tuesday for a trip to Louisiana, Trump referred to Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" - as he has frequently done in the past - and said he hadn't asked Barr to open the inquiry and hadn't known about it in advance.
"Well I didn't understand his answer because I thought the attorney general answered it perfectly", Trump said, adding that Wray's response to lawmakers was "ridiculous".More news: Baynes's Boston bucked out of National Basketball Association playoffs
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"I think spying did occur", he said during his congressional testimony. He later said he didn't mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel's investigation.
The bureau relied heavily on information from Steele, a former British spy, to obtain foreign intelligence surveillance warrants against Carter Page.
The president and his supporters have long contended that the Obama administration used the intelligence community to illegally spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.
The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is also investigating whether political bias influenced investigation decisions related to the president and his campaign. That is also examining the Russian Federation probe origins and Barr expects it to be complete this month or next. Durham's is the latest government investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. In 1999 AG Janet Reno appointed Durham to investigate law enforcement corruption in Boston, and under AG Eric Holder Durham was selected to investigate matters relating to the destruction of videotapes by the Central Intelligence Agency and treatment of detainees by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018. The two Democratic senators from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy, called him a "fierce, fair prosecutor" who knows how to try tough cases.