Trump attorneys welcome Barr move to investigate Russia probe's origins

Trump attorneys welcome Barr move to investigate Russia probe's origins
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Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Facebook says it will not remove doctored Pelosi video Schiff goes after Barr: He lacks Giuliani's 'good looks and general likability' MORE and Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowCohen challenges Sekulow to testify about Trump Tower meetings Cohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Cohen told lawmakers that Trump lawyer Sekulow instructed him to lie about Moscow tower project: report MORE, personal attorneys to President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE, praised Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Five takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats MORE's reported decision to assign a federal prosecutor to look into the origins of the Mueller investigation

The New York Times reported Monday, citing two sources, that Barr tapped John DurhamJohn DurhamFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump orders intel agencies to cooperate with Barr probe into 'spying' on 2016 campaign Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice MORE, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to investigate how the 22-month probe started. 

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Giuliani told NBC News he was not informed of Barr's decision in advance, but called Durham an "excellent" choice.

"I believe Barr has selected an excellent person, someone who is a career prosecutor who has worked with Republicans and Democrats," he told the news outlet. "As Barr has done throughout, he made a sensible choice."

Sekulow told NBC that he found the selection "appropriate."

"The origins of this investigation have to be examined thoroughly, and the appointment of a U.S. attorney would be the appropriate course of action," he said. 

Other investigations into special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's probe are already underway. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and John Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, are separately examining aspects of the inquiry.

Mueller completed his investigation into whether Russia interfered in the U.S. investigation in March. His probe found "sweeping" and "systematic" interference but did not establish that there was a conspiracy between the foreign power and the Trump campaign. He did lay out several instances in which Trump may have obstructed justice. 

Trump, meanwhile, has insisted that the probe was a "witch hunt."