In its 448-page report, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team wrote that while its investigation established that the Trump campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from" information stolen in Russia-backed efforts, it "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities".
President Trump nominated Durham, a Department of Justice attorney since 1982, to be the U.S. Attorney in ct in 2017.
Steele was hired by the research firm Fusion GPS, which had also worked for a firm representing Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, so the president and his Republican allies called it a "fake dossier" that was politically motivated.
"There is a substantial investigation, which as I understand it, is nearing completion, being conducted by the Justice Department Inspector General", Clapper said.
The president reiterated his view that he was the victim of a "hoax" while speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, and praised Barr for his willingness to take a closer look at the FBI counterintelligence probe into his 2016 campaign that ended up becoming a special counsel investigation. Don't forget that unmasking is nothing less than a workaround that uses foreign wiretaps to illegally spy on Americans.
"I believe that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is engaged in investigative activity, and part of investigative activity includes surveillance", Wray said.
FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a Senate panel last week that he wasn't aware of any improper spying, a comment Trump said he found "ridiculous".
After a three-year investigation, Durham decided not to bring criminal charges against those involved.
Some Republicans, however, wanted the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel, who would have broader powers and more independence, to investigate the origins of the Russian Federation probe.
Barr recently appointed USA attorney John Durham to examine the special counsel's intelligence collecting methods to determine whether they were "lawful and appropriate".
In addition to conducting the inquiry, Mr Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in CT.
He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with gangsters.