The person could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. "I did not know about it", he said before repeating his usual criticism of the probe and special counsel Robert Mueller.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) back in January, when the soon-to-be AG told Graham that, if confirmed, he would "look into what happened in 2016" regarding the investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
"I think spying did occur", he said during his congressional testimony.
Durham was first appointed as a special prosecutor by President Bill Clinton's Attorney General Janet Reno in 1999 to investigate law enforcement corruption in Boston centered around the F.B.I.'s treatment of notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. "I didn't know it, but I think it's a great thing that he did it".
Durham's appointment comes just weeks after Barr told members of Congress that he was building a team to investigate spying against the Trump campaign. These concerns were in part fueled by the revelation that the FISA warrant obtained to surveil Trump campaign national-security adviser Carter Page was based on information provided in the unsubstantiated Steele dossier. According to the document, the investigation did not find any evidence of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign team.
The Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is also investigating whether political bias influenced investigation decisions related to the president and his campaign. The agency's watchdog is also examining the Russian Federation probe's origins and Barr has said he expects the watchdog report to be done in May or June. Huber, the United States attorney in Utah, is also examining aspects of the investigation, the Times reported. He has a history of conducting special investigations under administrations of both parties.
President Trump nominated Durham, a Department of Justice attorney since 1982, to be the U.S. Attorney in CT in 2017. "Durham has previously investigated law enforcement corruption, the destruction of Central Intelligence Agency videotapes and the Boston FBI office's relationship with mobsters".