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 GiulianiTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe Pelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' MORE and Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowMulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's impeachment jeopardy deepens Mulvaney admission deals blow to White House impeachment defense MORE, personal attorneys to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE, praised Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPelosi releases 'fact sheet' saying Trump has 'betrayed his oath of office' Federal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe 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 DurhamFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report Trump denies knowledge of Barr meeting in Italy, says it would be appropriate Cornyn makes waves with tweet about Justice investigating Biden 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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."