Barr says ‘I think spying did occur’ on Trump campaign

Barr says ‘I think spying did occur’ on Trump campaign

Barr says ‘I think spying did occur’ on Trump campaign

"I'm shocked to hear the Attorney General of the United States casually make the suggestion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or intelligence committee was spying on the president's campaign", Schiff told me. "I think spying on a political campaign-it's a big deal, it's a big deal".

"I am not saying that in-proper surveillance occurred", the attorney general said.

Asked again about spying at the end of the hearing, Barr tempered his tone "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred". "I think he is doing exactly the right thing".

Barr, appearing before a Senate panel, did not say what "spying" had taken place. "As far as I'm concerned I don't care about the Mueller report".

Barr told representatives that the Justice Department is now wrapping up an investigation into whether the FBI misused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", he said. "And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said", wrote the New York Times. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided that the evidence was insufficient to establish obstruction. Barr said at a House hearing Tuesday that the report was coming "within a week".

And he admitted Tuesday that he "was not interested in putting out summaries" of the investigators' conclusions - even though the Mueller's team had itself prepared summaries for quick release.

But that was before Barr released his four-page analysis of Mueller's report, which said the president was not exonerated by the special counsel.

We also know, based on statements by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that no official intelligence product existed to open the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

Attorney General Bill Barr said there was U.S. That began in 2016 during the election and then continued in 2017 under the stewardship of special counsel Robert Mueller after Trump became president and then fired the head of the FBI, James Comey.

During two days of testimony on Capitol Hill, Barr told lawmakers that he believed there was spying on the Trump campaign and that he is looking into the conduct of officials who worked the Russian Federation investigation.

"This is not launching an investigation of the FBI", he added.

Barr said he can't do that, but did promise senators more access to the investigation when it comes to the grand jury material.

Spying on the Trump campaign certainly occurred.

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