US Attorney General Bill Barr announced recently that he has appointed a special prosecutor, US attorney John Durham from Connecticut, to take a deeper look into the handling of the Russia investigation, specifically by the Department of Justice and the FBI.
John Durham has been appointed to examine and investigate the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into supposed Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Barr, after making his pick public, confirmed that Durham’s job is to ensure that the US Government collected intelligence during the 2016 campaign in a “lawful and appropriate” manner.
John Durham became a US attorney in February of 2018, and is described by many as tireless and fair.
He has earned a strong reputation as a dogged career prosecutor, and has been previously tapped by past attorneys general for other extremely important cases and roles.
According to the Seattle Times:
Attorney General William Barr has chosen John Durham, the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut, to investigate the origins of the special counsel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Barr picked Durham in recent weeks to work on the review, which is designed to ensure that the U.S. government’s “intelligence collection activities” related to the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate,” a person familiar with the decision said.
Barr had confirmed the review publicly, though the person leading it was not previously known. Durham’s selection was first reported by The New York Times.
Durham was confirmed as a U.S. attorney in February 2018 and had previously earned a reputation as a dogged career prosecutor tapped by previous attorneys general for other high-profile roles.
In 1999, Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Durham to investigate law enforcement corruption in Boston, and more recently, Attorney General Eric Holder called on him to investigate the treatment of CIA detainees and the destruction of videotapes.
Many Trump supporters took to Twitter to praise the recent news, including Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC):
John Durham is an outstanding choice for special prosecutor investigating 2016 pre-election activities—his selection further demonstrates Bill Barr’s tenacity and determined desire to get to the truth and restore credibility at the top tier of the DOJ and FBI.
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) May 14, 2019
BREAKING: Attorney General Barr assigned top federal prosecutor, John Durham, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation.
Did democrats really think they would scare Barr away with the phony contempt of Congress vote?
They are panicked.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) May 14, 2019
This is John Durham.
AG Barr assigned John to investigate the origins of starting the No Collusion Russia Investigation.
John Durham is about to bring the pain.
The REAL colluders are going down. pic.twitter.com/sCoO6RU2wf
— Ole Murica (@OleMurica) May 14, 2019
I hope this John Durham from Conn. is the pitbull that will expose everything he finds and that the DOJ will Prosecute the fullest extent of each and every charge. Time needs to be served, lives need to be changed, Americans need to be avenged for this Liberal Coup! https://t.co/swvp0zOyn3
— El_Spartan (@ElSpartan13) May 14, 2019
The wheels of Justice are starting to turn.
Barr has appointed John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to conduct the inquiry.
The inquiry will focus on whether the government’s methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate
— Paul (@WilliamEads3) May 14, 2019