This is one of three investigations being launched by Republicans.
Courtesy of NYT:
Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.
John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.
His inquiry is the third known investigation focused on the opening of an F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign into possible ties between Russia’s election interference and Trump associates.
The department’s inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is separately examining investigators’ use of wiretap applications and informants and whether any political bias against Mr. Trump influenced investigative decisions. And John W. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, has been reviewing aspects of the Russia investigation. His findings have not been announced.
Additionally on Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said he, too, intends to review aspects of law enforcement’s work in the coming months. And Republicans conducted their own inquiries when they controlled the House, including publicizing details of the F.B.I.’s wiretap use.
If this feels like an attempt to invalidate the findings in the Mueller report and therefore interfere with Democrats using it as a jumping off point for further investigation, congratulation you just won the “Captain Obvious” award.
Yeah, this whole thing reeks of the same stale tactics used to justify the Fast and Furious hearings, the Benghazi debacle, and the IRS investigation into why fraudulent Right Wing groups were not assigned a non-profit status.
By starting their own investigation the Republicans are hoping to distract from any revelations that come from House investigations,
And do you know what?
It could work.