Attorney General Barr Confirms FBI Spying On The Trump Campaign

Attorney General Barr Confirms FBI Spying On The Trump Campaign

Attorney General Barr Confirms FBI Spying On The Trump Campaign

Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

"Attempts to hide swaths of the report from public scrutiny along the way will only fuel suspicions" that the Justice Department is "playing the role of President Trump's defense team", Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said at Wednesday's hearing.

Congressional Democrats have launched a counteroffensive against President Trump's "Muslim ban". I assume that when Barr spoke of exploring whether the spying on the Trump campaign was "adequately predicated", he was referring at least in part to the reasons presented to the FISA court for authorizing electronic surveillance of Page.

'I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that. "I'm not talking about the Federal Bureau of Investigation necessarily but intelligence agencies more broadly". "I think spying on a political campaign-it's a big deal, it's a big deal". Yes, I think spying did occur. Barr said he expects to release a redacted copy of Mueller's report next week, and Democrats have repeatedly expressed concern that his version will hide wrongdoing by the president.

"This was an attempted coup". This was an attempted take-down of a president.

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the White House, decreed it an "illegal investigation" conducted by "dirty cops".

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"When they asked me about him, I told them what I knew". It was a scam, ' Trump said. Critics of the Russian Federation probe note that it was launched during the Obama administration, though Mueller was appointed special counsel by Trump's Justice Department. "What they did was treason, what they did was awful, what they did was against our constitution". What they did was awful. One such example is a text message one of the lead agents on the case, Peter Strzok, sent to Lisa Page, who at the time was special counsel to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, saying "we'll stop" Trump from becoming President. Despite the findings, Democrats have demanded to see the full report unredacted.

"So hopefully that will happen", Trump said.

A separate investigation is being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June. The FBI used electronic surveillance on Carter Page for the same objective. "He is the attorney general of the United States", Pelosi told AP. "But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated".

At the tail end of Wednesday's hearing, Sen. He later suggested that by "spying" he specifically meant "unauthorized surveillance".

'I am concerned about it and I was asked about whether there was any basis for it, and I believe there is a basis for my concern but I'm not going to discuss the basis, ' he said.

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