Barr Orders Connecticut Prosecutor to Investigate Mueller Probe

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Trump denied that he ordered Barr to launch the investigation, though he has repeatedly encouraged it in public remarks.

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.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", Barr said during a congressional hearing in April.

This comes after the Trump Justice Department appointed a career Department of Justice lawyer - John Durham - to assist Barr into looking into those allegations. That is also examining the Russian Federation probe origins and Barr expects it to be complete this month or next.

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The US attorney general is stepping up inquiries into the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted and naming a US attorney to oversee the investigation.

Barr assigned CT prosecutor John Durham to the task.

Durham, nominated as U.S. Attorney by Trump in late 2017 and confirmed in 2018, has prior experience as a special prosecutor. He is reportedly working closely with CIA Director Gina Haspel, National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats, and FBI Director Christopher Wray to uncover the origins of the Mueller probe. That means allegations of improper spying will stay alive for many months and possibly through the presidential election next year.

"The investigation had nothing to do with the [Steele] dossier, it frankly had nothing to do with the Trump campaign".

The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is also investigating whether political bias influenced investigation decisions related to the president and his campaign. Huber was also tasked with looking into the Clinton Foundation and whether Clinton played a role in the Obama administration's decision to let a Russian-backed company, Uranium One, purchase USA uranium mines in 2010.

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