Barr: ‘I Think Spying Did Occur’ Against Trump Campaign

Bill Barr Confirms: Yes, Spying Occurred During the 2016 Campaign and It's a Big Deal

He says he believes that "spying on a political campaign is a big deal". Barr shared this conclusion and the fact that Mueller had declined to decide whether Trump had obstructed justice while he laid out the evidence for and against such a charge; and then the attorney general interjected his own opinion, saying that he had separately concluded that Trump did not obstruct justice. "I'm not suggesting those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at that", he continued.

"I think spying did occur".

Attorney General William Barr arrives to testify before a panel of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Barr responded, "I'm not sure of all the connotations of that word that you're referring to, but you know - unauthorized surveillance". Specifically, during the 2016 elections, the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into his campaign cast a shadow over it, and following Trump's inauguration in January 2017, a whirlwind of false allegations that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to win the elections were spread by media and politicians, leading to talk of impeachment. Fusion GPS, in turn, hired former MI6 officer Christopher Steele and worked with former Central Intelligence Agency contractor Nellie Ohr, wife of high-ranking DOJ official Bruce Ohr. The redacted report should be released sometime next week. Speaking to a House appropriations subcommittee, Barr also said on Tuesday that the use of surveillance would be the subject of a report this summer by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Trump also asked Barr to investigate the probe's origins, a request that Barr seems willing to heed. He said there are no plans to release an unredacted version. The FBI had placed confidential informants in direct contact with members of the campaign, according to reports.

Pelosi said Barr's comments undermine the Constitution and his role in the Justice Department. Jerry Moran. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it". He said "what they did was treason". And I'm not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated. The president did not name them but has previously blamed Justice Department officials and former FBI Director James Comey.

In the March 24 letter, Barr said that Mueller's investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation.

Barr also said he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week - possibly a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be "within a week".

Although Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received counterintelligence briefings about the threat of infiltration by foreign spies, it isn't clear what they were told.

Republican Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama asked Barr during Tuesday's hearing if the Justice Department is investigating "how it came to be that your agency used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate for FISA order on a US citizen?"

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