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AP source: Barr working with intel chiefs on Russia review - News - recordonline.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted.
Barr tapped John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to lead the inquiry, but remains directly involved in the probe, which he initiated about three weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
The investigation is examining intelligence and surveillance used during the Russia investigation that shadowed Donald Trump’s presidency for nearly two years. Barr is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray as part of the probe.
With Durham’s appointment, Barr is addressing a rallying cry of Trump and his supporters, who have accused the Justice Department and FBI of unlawfully spying on his campaign.
Democrats have accused Trump of using the allegations to divert attention from special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that Russia aided Trump’s 2016 campaign and that he could not exonerate the president on the question of whether he tried to impede Mueller’s investigation. Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between the campaign and the Kremlin.
As he left the White House 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 didn’t ask Barr to open the inquiry and didn’t know about it in advance.
“But I think it’s a great thing that he did it,” Trump said. “I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it. I think it’s great.”
Durham’s appointment comes about a month after Barr told members of Congress he believed “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016. He later said he didn’t mean anything pejorative and was gathering a team to look into the origins of the special counsel’s investigation.
Barr provided no details about what “spying” may have taken place but appeared to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on a former Trump associate, Carter Page, and the FBI’s use of an informant while the bureau was investigating former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.
FBI Director Chris Wray said last week that he does not consider court-approved FBI surveillance to be “spying” and said he has no evidence the FBI illegally monitored Trump’s campaign.
Durham’s inquiry, which will focus on whether the government’s methods to collect intelligence relating to the Trump campaign were lawful and appropriate, is separate from an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general. The agency’s watchdog is also examining the Russia probe’s origins and Barr has said he expects the watchdog report to be done in May or June.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions had appointed another U.S. attorney, John Huber, in March 2018 to review aspects of the Russia investigation, following grievances from Republican lawmakers.
The review by Huber, Utah’s top federal prosecutor and an Obama administration holdover, is a “full, complete and objective evaluation” of Republican concerns, Sessions said at the time.
Both the inspector general’s investigation and the probe being conducted by Huber are winding down, the person familiar with the inquiries said.
Congressional Republicans have also indicated they intend to examine how the investigation that has shadowed Trump’s presidency began and whether there are any legal concerns.
Durham is a career prosecutor who was nominated for his post as U.S. attorney in Connecticut by Trump. He has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of CIA videotapes and the Boston FBI office’s relationship with mobsters.
Durham was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2018. At the time, Connecticut’s two Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, called Durham a “fierce, fair prosecutor” who knows how to try tough cases.
On Tuesday, Blumenthal said Durham was a “talented professional tasked with a very unprofessional and unbecoming mission.”
“This so-called investigation is a politically motivated distraction and threatens to sully his reputation as a straight-shooting, serious, smart prosecutor. It’s a waste of his talent,” Blumenthal said.
In addition to conducting the inquiry, Durham will continue to serve as the chief federal prosecutor in Connecticut.
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What happened to the Trump counterintelligence investigation? House investigators don’t know. - The Washington Post

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The Russia Investigation Will Continue

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The Truth About 'Spying' on the Trump Campaign

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Schiff, Nunes threaten to subpoena for Mueller evidence

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The Early Edition: May 14, 2019

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FBI's Wray: Spying is 'not the term I would use' to describe Trump ...

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Barr Taps Prosecutor to Investigate Origins of Russia Probe

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Barr's investigation into origins of Russia probe expands

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... when they launched the counterintelligence investigation in summer 2016. ... He said Wednesday that Trump had been "falsely accused of ...
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Michael Novakhov on Barr's exam, Lady Liberty And the Baby

The Barr Exam: "Yes, this Lady appears to be somewhat pregnant but since there is no evidence of the intercourse, it must be the Immaculate Conception!" - ziz iz my Zumary of the AG Barr's Zummary, with all the due and mozt zinzere RESHPECT! | Palmer Report: William Barr’s supposed “summary” of the Robert Mueller report is complete bullshit, just as we suspected



M.N.: Now Mr. Barr claims that "the baby is his". I am not so sure. The paternity test is needed. | "In his defiance, Barr proved himself to be exactly the protective bulwark..." - 6:05 AM 5/2/2019

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Dec 9, 2018 - WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into ... James Comey told lawmakers during hours of closed-door questioning. ... but I don't know his phone number, I've never been to his house, I don't know ...

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Rep. Jerry Nadler: We're 'probably' not headed for impeachment, but Trump is making it 'increasingly difficult' to avoid - CNBC

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Rep. Jerry Nadler: We're 'probably' not headed for impeachment, but Trump is making it 'increasingly difficult' to avoid  CNBC
After a quarter-century in Congress, Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York stands on the brink of an outsize role in American political life. As Judiciary Committee ...

Iran accuses US of escalating tensions as Russia decries 'downward spiral' - CNN

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Jul 8, 2003 - He walked into the Dallas office of the FBI late on a Friday afternoon in 1980. Frank Varelli said he had information about some killings in his ...
Jul 8, 2003 - Each FBI field office must review the files of all informants every 90 days. Every 18 months, field offices conduct internal inspections that include ...
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Tucker is author of the autiobiography, The Two-Edged Sword, and was this week's ... Newark Star-Ledger, Rental car charges against FBI informant Solomon ...

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... the shooting of a home intruder and ends with FBI informants, the Dixie Mafia, ..... East Texas there's a kindness and a violence that's like a two-edged sword.
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John Durham: "Nobody in this country is above the law, an FBI agent or otherwise..." - 6:21 AM 5/15/2019

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Because of his limited public comments, it’s difficult to ascertain much about Durham’s prosecutorial philosophy when it comes to public corruption. In 2001, he urged reporters to talk to other people involved in the Boston mob case, not him. In 2002, he issued a brief statement after Connolly’s conviction, saying, “Nobody in this country is above the law, an FBI agent or otherwise, and ultimately the ends do not justify the means.”
But in 2018, he gave a rare speech at the University of St. Joseph. In the process of recounting the Boston mob case, he spoke to the pitfalls and the “two-edged sword” of informants.
“The damage that can be done when law enforcement or prosecutors misuse these tools is difficult to overstate,” he said. “And we unfortunately have seen it in some recent instances.”
Now Durham is charged with figuring out whether that applies here.

John Durham: Barr’s pick to investigate the Mueller probe’s origins has a history of penetrating the FBI

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John Durham: Barr’s pick to investigate the Mueller probe’s origins has a history of penetrating the FBI

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Trump, Russia seek to use end of Mueller investigation as pivot point in relationship 

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Pompeo seeks improved relations with Russia ahead of Putin meeting

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Obama's Other Investigation

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It’s apparent to all but President Trump’s most deranged critics that Obama’s FBI was indeed spying on his campaign. So, it’s worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump’s campaign that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention. Details of the second investigation were leaked by high-level Obama administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story headlined, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”.
The anonymously sourced accounts of meetings only attended by a handful of intelligence bureau chiefs and their inner thoughts and objectives could have only been provided by people in the uppermost echelon of the intelligence community under Obama, like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, and FBI director James Comey.
CIA Director John Brennan’s “Intelligence Bombshell” 
According to the Post, sometime in the summer of 2016, Brennan received,
a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives -- defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.
The Post is cagey about exactly when Brennan received this “intelligence bombshell.” All we know for sure is that it must have been in or before “early August,” since that’s when he sent it to the White House with “instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.”  But Brennan couldn’t have wasted much time before apprising Obama of information deemed so important. So, he must have received the momentous intelligence report in late July or early August.
After consulting Obama, Brennan,
convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI…
They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA, and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.
Since Crossfire Hurricane began on July 31, Brennan’s investigation must have begun at around the same time. Even apart from some of his team coming from the FBI, we know that Comey was fully involved in Brennan’s investigation from its inception since, according to the Post, the evidence produced was initially shown only to Comey, Clapper, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch.
Moreover, it appears that Peter Strzok, who according to Lisa Page’s testimony initiated Crossfire Hurricane, may have also been a member of the team working for Brennan! The Post reports that the Obama administration’s January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment alleging that the Russians conducted cyberespionage on Trump’s behalf “was based largely on the work done by” Brennan’s investigators. This is confirmed by Clapper’s testimony to the Senate that the ICA was the product of “two dozen” “hand-picked analysts” from the CIA, FBI and NSA. Apart from the Post using the words “several dozen” instead of “two dozen,” that’s exactly how they describe Brennan’s team.
But, according to Paul Sperry, “[a] source close to the House [of Representatives Intelligence Committee [Russia] investigation” reports that Peter Strzok was “was one of the authors of the ICA “ and “the intermediary between Brennan and Comey.” Independently of Sperry’s source, before he was fired, Strzok led the FBI’s Counterespionage section. So, it makes sense he would be one of the FBI agents Brennan chose and Comey’s representative. And Sperry’s source received confirmation by recently revealed text messages between Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page discussing a meeting between Strzok and Clapper in the weeks before the ICA’s release.
Given that 1) Comey was intimately involved in Brennan’s investigation, 2) Brennan had agents from the FBI on his team, and 3) it appears Peter Strzok numbered among them, contra the recent assertion by Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor, it’s tough to believe that a hard partition existed around the FBI investigation. And the question is raised of exactly what information might have been shared and how much information about Crossfire Hurricane made its way to President Obama.
The Steele Dossier
Evidence has emerged that the Clinton-campaign-funded Steele dossier was used to justify Crossfire Hurricane.  And the fact that Brennan’s task force was responsible for the January 2017 ICA also raises questions about whether portions of it might have also comprised the “intelligence bombshell” used to justify Brennan’s shadow investigation. Paul Sperry also reported that Obama’s National Security Agency director Michael Rogers “stated in a classified letter to Congress” that the Steele dossier played a role in producing the ICA. Indeed, according to Sperry,  Adm. Rogers told congress “a two-page summary of the dossier” appears as an appendix to the classified version. And, as Sperry notes, James Clapper has confirmed that Brennan’s task force used the Steele dossier.
But the Washington Post mentions Adm. Rogers too, reporting that he was “reluctant to view” the intelligence which Brennan used to justify his investigation “with high confidence” because it came from another country. According to a November 2017 story appearing in the Guardian, Brennan received the report used to justify his investigation from none other than British intelligence agency GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, who "flew to the US to personally brief” him.
The Washington Post tells us that the “intelligence bombshell” Brennan received from Britain came from a highly-placed source within the Russian government who alleged that Putin had instigated a cyberintelligence operation whose aim was to “defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect… Donald Trump.” And, it just so happens that Steele’s first memo, dated June 20, 2016, alleges the existence of a Russian espionage operation to help Trump that was “supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin” based on information from a “former senior [Russian] intelligence officer.” Indeed, Steele’s August 5 memo describes this operation as designed “to aid Trump and,” using the Post’s exact words, “damage Clinton.”
Steele’s July 19th memo also says  that these efforts included “state-sponsored cyber operatives working in Russia.” In short, everything the Post says was included in the report from British intelligence used to justify Brennan’s investigation happens to have been in the memos already produced by ex-British spy Christopher Steele!
Much attention has been paid to Crossfire Hurricane and rightly so. But it’s well past time that more attention was given to Obama’s other higher-level shadow investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to put Trump in the White House to determine what information was shared, if Brennan’s operation also involved any spying on Trump’s campaign, and whether it was justified by the completely discredited, Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
It’s apparent to all but President Trump’s most deranged critics that Obama’s FBI was indeed spying on his campaign. So, it’s worth pointing out that, in addition to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation, the Obama administration was running another concurrent higher-level counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian efforts to aid Trump’s campaign that hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention. Details of the second investigation were leaked by high-level Obama administration officials for a June 2017 Washington Post story headlined, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault”.
The anonymously sourced accounts of meetings only attended by a handful of intelligence bureau chiefs and their inner thoughts and objectives could have only been provided by people in the uppermost echelon of the intelligence community under Obama, like Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA director John Brennan, and FBI director James Comey.
CIA Director John Brennan’s “Intelligence Bombshell” 
According to the Post, sometime in the summer of 2016, Brennan received,
a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.
But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives -- defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.
The Post is cagey about exactly when Brennan received this “intelligence bombshell.” All we know for sure is that it must have been in or before “early August,” since that’s when he sent it to the White House with “instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides.”  But Brennan couldn’t have wasted much time before apprising Obama of information deemed so important. So, he must have received the momentous intelligence report in late July or early August.
After consulting Obama, Brennan,
convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI…
They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA, and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.
Since Crossfire Hurricane began on July 31, Brennan’s investigation must have begun at around the same time. Even apart from some of his team coming from the FBI, we know that Comey was fully involved in Brennan’s investigation from its inception since, according to the Post, the evidence produced was initially shown only to Comey, Clapper, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch.
Moreover, it appears that Peter Strzok, who according to Lisa Page’s testimony initiated Crossfire Hurricane, may have also been a member of the team working for Brennan! The Post reports that the Obama administration’s January 6, 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment alleging that the Russians conducted cyberespionage on Trump’s behalf “was based largely on the work done by” Brennan’s investigators. This is confirmed by Clapper’s testimony to the Senate that the ICA was the product of “two dozen” “hand-picked analysts” from the CIA, FBI and NSA. Apart from the Post using the words “several dozen” instead of “two dozen,” that’s exactly how they describe Brennan’s team.
But, according to Paul Sperry, “[a] source close to the House [of Representatives Intelligence Committee [Russia] investigation” reports that Peter Strzok was “was one of the authors of the ICA “ and “the intermediary between Brennan and Comey.” Independently of Sperry’s source, before he was fired, Strzok led the FBI’s Counterespionage section. So, it makes sense he would be one of the FBI agents Brennan chose and Comey’s representative. And Sperry’s source received confirmation by recently revealed text messages between Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page discussing a meeting between Strzok and Clapper in the weeks before the ICA’s release.
Given that 1) Comey was intimately involved in Brennan’s investigation, 2) Brennan had agents from the FBI on his team, and 3) it appears Peter Strzok numbered among them, contra the recent assertion by Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security advisor, it’s tough to believe that a hard partition existed around the FBI investigation. And the question is raised of exactly what information might have been shared and how much information about Crossfire Hurricane made its way to President Obama.
The Steele Dossier
Evidence has emerged that the Clinton-campaign-funded Steele dossier was used to justify Crossfire Hurricane.  And the fact that Brennan’s task force was responsible for the January 2017 ICA also raises questions about whether portions of it might have also comprised the “intelligence bombshell” used to justify Brennan’s shadow investigation. Paul Sperry also reported that Obama’s National Security Agency director Michael Rogers “stated in a classified letter to Congress” that the Steele dossier played a role in producing the ICA. Indeed, according to Sperry,  Adm. Rogers told congress “a two-page summary of the dossier” appears as an appendix to the classified version. And, as Sperry notes, James Clapper has confirmed that Brennan’s task force used the Steele dossier.
But the Washington Post mentions Adm. Rogers too, reporting that he was “reluctant to view” the intelligence which Brennan used to justify his investigation “with high confidence” because it came from another country. According to a November 2017 story appearing in the Guardian, Brennan received the report used to justify his investigation from none other than British intelligence agency GCHQ’s then head, Robert Hannigan, who "flew to the US to personally brief” him.
The Washington Post tells us that the “intelligence bombshell” Brennan received from Britain came from a highly-placed source within the Russian government who alleged that Putin had instigated a cyberintelligence operation whose aim was to “defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect… Donald Trump.” And, it just so happens that Steele’s first memo, dated June 20, 2016, alleges the existence of a Russian espionage operation to help Trump that was “supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin” based on information from a “former senior [Russian] intelligence officer.” Indeed, Steele’s August 5 memo describes this operation as designed “to aid Trump and,” using the Post’s exact words, “damage Clinton.”
Steele’s July 19th memo also says  that these efforts included “state-sponsored cyber operatives working in Russia.” In short, everything the Post says was included in the report from British intelligence used to justify Brennan’s investigation happens to have been in the memos already produced by ex-British spy Christopher Steele!
Much attention has been paid to Crossfire Hurricane and rightly so. But it’s well past time that more attention was given to Obama’s other higher-level shadow investigation into Russia’s alleged efforts to put Trump in the White House to determine what information was shared, if Brennan’s operation also involved any spying on Trump’s campaign, and whether it was justified by the completely discredited, Clinton-funded Steele dossier.
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