Durham faces tough job investigating Trump campaign investigators

John Durham shown in 2006 will examine the origins of the Mueller investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election

The attorney-general has been accused of pandering to repeated claims by Mr Trump that his predecessor had a spy illegally placed into his campaign and that the Mueller investigation was politically motivated.

Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018.

Last year, the Department of Justice also launched an inspector general investigation into the FBI's use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) courts, among other controversies surrounding the "Russiagate" probe.

Nevertheless, according to a source familiar with the issue, Barr recently assigned Durham to examine the origins of the Russian Federation investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate".

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'd wait for the outcome of that to determine if there needs to be more investigations".

The breathtaking corruption already exposed in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and overall intelligence community has resulted in countless firings, demotions, resignations, and demolished reputations: Just for starters, the FBI's disgraced former Director James Comey, Deputy Director Andre McCabe, and counterintelligence expert Peter Strzok have all been fired.

Durham has served in the US attorney's office since 1989, holding a number of positions, including acting USA attorney.

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Barr recently appointed U.S. attorney John Durham to examine the special counsel's intelligence collecting methods to determine whether they were "lawful and appropriate".

Durham was nominated by Trump in 2017 after serving as a lawyer within the Justice Department since 1982, according to The Times.

Hemmer asked about another US attorney previously tasked with a similar investigation.

Durham also helped prosecute former Republican Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who was charged with accepting $107,000 in gifts from people doing business with the state, and not paying taxes.

"Generally, he's got a fine reputation", said Rossman, a former US attorney for the Eastern District of MI.

In 2008, former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey assigned Durham to investigate the CIA's destruction of videotapes which showed terrorism suspected being tortured.

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.

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