Barr says he's starting an inquiry into 'spying' on Trump campaign


When asked at a Senate hearing why he felt the need to further probe how USA intelligence agencies conducted themselves in the Russian Federation investigation, Barr said he thought "spying on a political campaign is a big deal". CNN's chyron read: "BARR: "I THINK SPYING DID OCCUR" ON TRUMP CAMPAIGN".

"His testimony raises profound concern that the attorney general is doing what we urge emerging democracies not to do, and that is, seek to prosecute your political opponents after you win an election", Schiff continued, in an apparent reference to Barr's vow to examine the beginnings of the investigation, precisely as Trump has long demanded.

"I think spying did occur", he said. Yes, I think spying did occur.

Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"So the Mueller report, when they talk about obstruction we fight back".

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Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) asked Barr about a team he had indicated the day before that he was putting together to investigate the FBI's handling of its Russian Federation probe during the 2016 campaign, prior to the appointment of a special counsel. The CIA used at least one informer to collect information about it. "The ways in which the attorney general has sought to restrict, control, redact this report has created more confusion rather than more transparency".

Barr told a House Appropriations subcommittee on Tuesday that he expected Horowitz's investigation to wrap up "in May or June". He says he's looking forward to explaining his reasoning after he releases a redacted version of Mueller's 400-page report in the coming days.

Attorney General Bill Barr won plaudits when he was nominated to lead President Donald Trump's Justice Department for being an accomplished lawyer and a conservative statesman, but his actions have proven him to be more of a Fox News-inspired politician than a legal scholar.

Asked if she still thought Trump was not worth impeachment, Pelosi said to wait and see the full report. Barr has circulated the legislation to the Department of Justice for review and comment.

"I need to explore that ..."

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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".

But the attorney general did say he has taken on board some of the criticisms by Republican supporters of President Trump about the way the FBI and Justice Department conducted the investigation. "This was an attempted take-down of a president".

We also know that key FBI agents involved in the investigation were fiercely opposed to Trump.

"Relying on a covert source rather than a more intrusive method of gathering information suggests that the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have been acting cautiously-perhaps too cautiously-to protect the campaign, not undermine it", wrote Asha Rangappa.

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

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It was Hillary Clinton's campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which had hired Fusion GPS-through their law firm Perkins Coie-to produce the dossier.