Attorney General Bill Barr just appointed U.S. attorney John Durham to examine the origins of the Russia collusion investigation to determine if intelligence collection-aka “spying”-efforts against the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate.” Fox News reported its sources as saying that Durham is known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor. The outlet’s sources say the probe includes the preelection period when Obama held the reins, and the scope includes the use and initiation of informants and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection efforts targeting the Trump campaign were “lawful and appropriate,” a person familiar with the situation told Fox News on Monday evening.

John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, will conduct the inquiry, the source said. The move comes as the Trump administration has pushed for answers on why federal authorities conducted the surveillance — as well as whether Democrats were the ones who improperly colluded with foreign actors.

Two sources told Fox News earlier today that Barr was “serious” and had assigned DOJ personnel to the probe. Durham is known as a “hard-charging, bulldog” prosecutor, Fox News is told.