USA – Barr appoints special counsel in Russia probe investigation (Al Jazeera)

Attorney General William Barr has given extra protection to the prosecutor he appointed to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, giving him the authority of a special counsel to complete the work without being easily fired.

Barr told The Associated Press news agency that he had appointed US Attorney John Durham as a special counsel in October under the same federal statute that governed Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the original Russia probe.