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 GiulianiKamala Harris can deliver a punch — we'll soon see if she can take one Heavy loss by female candidate in Republican NC runoff sparks shock Chamber of Commerce hires former Giuliani, Cruz campaign aide MORE and Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowNY governor signs bill allowing Congress to obtain Trump's state tax returns Political victory for Democrats in Trump tax return lawsuit hinges on timing Trump says Mueller 'must' stick to report's findings during testimony MORE, personal attorneys to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE, praised Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrImmigration advocacy groups sue Trump administration over asylum restrictions Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Groups sue Trump admin over new asylum restrictions 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 DurhamJustice gives Congress new details on 'spying' probe GOP takes aim at Comey, Brennan Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to investigate how the 22-month probe started. 


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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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."