Durham investigation into origins of 2016 Trump campaign surveillance expands its scope

Robert Mueller was seeking to become Federal Bureau of Investigation director when he met with Trump on May 16, 2017, according to administration officials who spoke to Fox News.

United States Attorney John Durham is broadening the scope of his investigation into the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, according to a new report.

Fox News previously reported that Durham would be reviewing the days leading up to the 2016 election and through the inauguration.

American politicians may have improperly colluded with foreign nations to influence US elections.

Since Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham to investigate the matter in May, he has expanded the probe's timeline from shortly before the 2016 election through President Donald Trump's inauguration to May 2017, when Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was tapped by the Department of Justice to investigate Russian meddling in the election and whether the Trump campaign played a role in that.

President Trump denied Mueller the FBI post, which led to his appointment as special counsel for the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign.

Durham "is gathering information from numerous sources, including a number of foreign countries". Durham was asked to help Barr to "ensure that intelligence collection activities by the USA government related to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign were lawful and appropriate".

President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr arrive at the East Room of the White House on September 9.

Pelosi made the comments on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" after host Joe Scarborough asked if she was concerned that the country's institutions could fail due to Barr's behavior. Mueller was said to have considered taking the post of special counsel only if he was denied a post at the Federal Bureau of Investigation or justice department.

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