President Donald Trump told reports on Tuesday that he did not direct Attorney General William Barr to investigate the Russia probe, but that he thinks it’s a “great thing that he did,” according to The DailyMail.
“No, I didn’t ask him to do that,” Trump told reporters outside the White House shortly prior to his departure for Louisiana early Tuesday.. “I didn’t know it, but I think it’s a great thing that he did it.”
“It was the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the people of this country,” Trump said in reference to the Russia investigation. “And you know what, I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it. I think it’s great. I did not know about it, no.”
Barr is not investigating the probe himself, however, but has appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham to look into the origins of the probe, according to reports on Monday.
“Durham will examine whether the FBI’s methods of collecting intelligence on Trump’s 2016 campaign, which ultimately led to the investigation, were legal,” the DailyMail reported.
The special investigator has some experience in his field, having served as a special prosecutor investigating improper behavior by intelligence officials.
Should it be discovered that the FISA warrant that was used to spy on the Trump campaign was obtained illegally, it could rain down fire on everyone involved in originating the Russia investigation.
While the investigation didn’t find any wrong doing on the part of the president or any nefarious reasons for him to have won the campaign, the almost two year long investigation was widely thought to have been a political move to diminish the reputation of the president.
“They want to look at how that whole hoax got started,’ Trump said of the federal prosecutor’s appointment. “It was a hoax. And even Mueller – not a friend of mine – even Bob Mueller came out, ‘no collusion.’”