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AG William Barr faucets Connecticut prosecutor to investigate origins of Mueller probe

Attorney General William Barr has appointed Connecticut’s top federal prosecutor to review the steps the Justice Department took in launching an investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, according to a person familiar with the matter.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, U.S., May 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Barr’s decision to tap John Durham, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, marks at least the third ongoing inquiry into whether the FBI made missteps when it applied to a special federal court for a warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been conducting a similar inquiry, and is due to release his findings as soon as this month.

In addition, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions assigned Utah’s top federal prosecutor, John Huber, to conduct a review in order to determine whether it was necessary to hire another special counsel.

The status of Huber’s review is not yet known.


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