Barr launches fresh review of origins of Russia probe

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Published on May 14, 2019 - Duration: 01:26s

Barr launches fresh review of origins of Russia probe

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is working with top intelligence officials and a senior federal prosecutor on at least the third inquiry to date into the origins of the Mueller probe of President Donald Trump and Russian election meddling, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Nathan Frandino has more.

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Barr launches fresh review of origins of Russia probe

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "There is a hunger for that to happen." It's been CONSISTENLY in President Donald Trump's TALKING POINTS for MONTHS.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Getting started on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started." And now, U.S. Attorney General William Barr has made it OFFICIAL.

He's launching a NEW inquiry into the ORIGINS of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

A source tells Reuters leading the investigation of the INVESTIGATION… will be U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.

Barr is tapping Durham to examine whether the FBI made a MISTAKE when it got a special warrant to conduct SURVEILLANCE on Trump adviser Carter Page during the 2016 race.

Reuters has learned Barr is personally working with FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to review the intelligence gathering techniques used then.

TRUMP on Tuesday said he had not ordered Barr to open the inquiry, but he was glad that Barr did.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "I didn't know it.

I didn't know it.

But I think it's a great thing that he did it.

I saw it last night.

And they want to look at how that whole hoax got started.

It was a hoax.

And you know what?

I am so proud of our Attorney General, that he is looking into it." The move comes amid a wave of investigations by Democrats into Trump's own financial dealings and actions in office.

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