Attorney General Barr tells Congress that 'spying' on Trump campaign 'did occur'

Posted April 11, 2019

"Once we get those comments, we'll be able to work with you on any concerns about (the bill)", he said in response to questions asked by Sen.

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

His testimony on Wednesday followed an especially blistering assault by Trump on the actions of FBI officials who began the investigation into the 2016 election that Mueller eventually took over.

"I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of the intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016", Barr said.

Kardashian West said she was motivated by her experience with Alice Marie Johnson, a woman who was sentenced to life in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. "Further evaluation of what Peter Strzok did or did not do needs to be evaluated thoroughly". "I'm certain he's not the only one".

Barr said he thinks there was a failure among the "upper echelons" of government.

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"That's great news he's looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016", Representative Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Tuesday of Barr's interest in the issue.

Lawmakers contend that the mounting evidence uncovered over the past several years can not be ignored or swept away.

Justice Department officials are scouring the report to remove grand jury information and details relating to pending investigations, among other materials.

Barr told the committee that he would review all the intelligence activities directed at Trump's 2016 campaign, and added that his review was not specifically directed just at the Federal Bureau of Investigation alone. According to many legal experts, analysts and lawmakers this could be one of the most egregious offenses. The FBI relied on the notorious Steele dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Not only is he suggesting that was a possibility, he is also vowing to look into it.

"It's entirely possible that Barr will surprise us by redacting very little", Schiff conceded.

Asked again about spying at the end of the hearing, Barr tempered his tone.

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"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 is a big deal", Barr said.

Barr will speak to a Senate appropriations subcommittee Wednesday about his department's budget.

And the senator asked, "Are you going to be in a position to defend the law" now that DOJ is against it?

"The situation that I think is intolerable, and which I'm opposed to, is the current situation we're in", Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning.

"I think spying did occur".

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Barr did say the core question is whether that spying was justified, and said it might have been.