Attorney General Barr: 'I Think Spying Did Occur' Against Trump Campaign

‘Spying did occur’ by intelligence agencies on Trump campaign – AG Barr

The comment came as Maryland Sen.

Murkowski asked him to share his thoughts on the measure and asked whether senators would be able to work with him on the issue of states' rights regarding marijuana.

An appearance in Congress on Tuesday by Barr won kudos from his boss. Jerry Moran. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it". 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".

I asked Schiff whether one can envision a less alarmist scenario, in which Barr redacts less than we expect (he has vowed not to undertake any redactions to protect Trump) and the Gang of 8 gets a full report.

Asked what would satisfy Democrats, Pelosi said: "I'll be satisfied when we have a new president of the United States who is a Democrat". "Something that's duly passed and upheld as legal, that the attorney general has a duty to defend it".

Barr suggested later in the hearing that he had information leading him to question whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted unauthorized surveillance against the Trump campaign.

He added: "I feel I have an obligation to make sure government power is not abused".

This comes as House Democrats continue to cry out for Attorney General William Barr to release an unredacted Mueller report to Congress.

"Would you look into whether that was an accurate statement and hold people accountable if it was not?" "I am saying that I am concerned about it and am looking into it".

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Barr had said in his confirmation hearing that he wouldn't go after marijuana businesses that rely on the Cole Memo. He is facing questions about his handling of the report during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr said.

"The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", he continued.

A person familiar with the process said Barr is forming a team to review the origins of the FBI investigation.

Critics of the Russian Federation investigation say the warrant on Page was unjustified and have also seized on anti-Trump text messages sent and received by one of the lead agents involved in investigating whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation.

That DOJ decision is opposed by a bipartisan group in the Senate, so much so that the Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, recently told the president that the chamber would not be accommodating Trump's desire to revisit the Affordable Care Act this year ahead of the crucial 2020 elections. He said "what they did was treason".

It was not immediately clear what "spying" Barr was referring to, but President Donald Trump's supporters have repeatedly made accusations of political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and seized on anti-Trump text messages sent and received by one of the lead agents involved in investigating whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation.

That reference to selective editing, of course, concerns special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report, which Barr has pledged to release within a week, but with some redactions, and without turning over the full report to Congress. Despite that declaration, the president has repeatedly tweeted about the report in recent days.

"I'm really surprised ... because the Supreme Court did uphold the law - the ACA - and now the attorney general is saying we will not defend it, regardless", Sen.

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