[Ed. – How does CNN figure he is doing anything remotely different from what Barr was hired to do?]
Federal prosecutor John Durham, known for bringing independent rigor to challenging and politically sensitive cases, just got his latest high-profile assignment.
Durham will help Attorney General William Barr review the origins of the Russia investigation, a task that could catapult the press-shy career prosecutor into the national spotlight. Durham is the US attorney in Connecticut and was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2017.
His role in Barr’s controversial review has earned bipartisan praise. Trump’s staunchest allies heralded the addition of a battle-tested investigator to Barr’s efforts, while some prominent Democrats say they are confident Durham will honestly follow the facts and get to the truth.
CNN reported Monday that Durham has already been working on the internal review for weeks, according to a source familiar with the matter. Barr’s team is getting assistance from the FBI and CIA, but the review hasn’t reached the level of a criminal investigation.