Barr says ‘I think spying did occur’ on Trump campaign

Arturo Kim
April 11, 2019

Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

Barr made the comments as senators questioned him on the specifics of the report and what he would be redacting. Trisha Anderson, the former No. 2 lawyer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified to congressional investigators in August 2018 that she signed off on the FISA warrant application on former Trump campaign adviser Cater Page without reading it, due to the involvement of other high-ranking Federal Bureau of Investigation officials. Then FBI agent Peter Strzok, who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, responded by saying, "No, no".

"I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused". Yes, I think spying did occur. Later he praised FBI Director Christopher Wray.

He says he believes that "spying on a political campaign is a big deal".

Democrats were loaded for bear, but Barr warded off their jabs, explaining the process by which the report is being reviewed and making some news along the way.

President Trump continued to blast the investigation as an "attempted coup" and an act of treason.

The White House and Republicans have long argued that an alleged anti-Trump bias at the DOJ and FBI, as well as the "Steele Dossier", a salacious report compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele that alleges collusion between the president's campaign and Russian Federation, spurred federal investigations into Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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"Because I knew how illegal this whole thing was". It was a scam, ' Trump said.

As a result, he's putting together a team to uncover the origin of the Mueller probe. What they did was awful. "This was an attempted takedown of a president and we beat them", he said.

'Hopefully, that will happen, ' Trump said. "I'm willing to work with the committees", he said.

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.

As House Democrats pursue oversight of the Trump administration beyond the Mueller probe, Trump has complained that Democrats will never be satisfied. Graham asked Barr to look into Fusion GPS, the Carter Page FISA warrant, and the use of the unverified Steele Dossier to monitor Page. Chris Coons (D-Del.), backed by a host of other Democratic members of Congress, filed legislation that, if passed, would end Trump's executive order, which banned travelers to the United States from five Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. Although the Department of Justice shot that down in 2017, agreeing that there was no evidence to support this, Barr, the new leader of the DOJ, seems to believe "unauthorized surveillance" may have occurred. The question is, was it was adequately predicated?

Later in the hearing, Sen.

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