The president and his supporters have long contended that the Obama administration used the intelligence community to illegally spy on the Trump campaign in 2016.
Now, Attorney General William Barr has appointed John Durham, the US attorney in Connecticut, to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation and decide whether intelligence gathering methods involving the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate.”
As the news broke late Monday several Republican senators applauded the move.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Fox host Sean Hannity that the investigation will bring accountability to the Justice Department’s 2016 campaign investigation.
“We need to investigate how politicized it was and in particular, we need to see what were the roles of the political appointees and who signed off on it,” he said. “Was it Loretta Lynch? Was it John Brennan? Was it Joe Biden? Was it President Obama himself?”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told CBN News that Barr “wants to know if the spying that was done on the Trump campaign had a proper predicate,” adding, “I think a lot of Democrats are very worried about what that probe is going to turn up.”
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