Attorney General Barr Says Trump Campaign Was Spied On

Attorney General Barr Says Trump Campaign Was Spied On

Although FISA warrants are issued in secret proceedings, and are controversial for that very reason, they must still be authorized by a judge on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

"There are a number of individuals who are looking at Peter Strzok's actions And inactions and how those actions affected both of the investigations he was involved in", U.S. Official.

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

Barr's statement Wednesday that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.

Barr was testifying for a second day at a congressional budget hearing that was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation.

Barr tells Congress that concerns about protecting the reputations of people not criminally charged in the Russian Federation probe don't apply to "office holders" such as the president. "As far as I'm concerned I don't care about the Mueller report".

Barr said the legislation is still being reviewed by his office but that he would "much rather. the approach taken by the STATES Act than where we now are".

Barr said that in his judgment there was no obstruction, prompting Trump to declare himself free of all suspicion.




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

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Wednesday that the investigation would, however, look into decisions made during the Russian Federation collusion investigation. "And I'm not talking about the Federal Bureau of Investigation necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly". According to many legal experts, analysts and lawmakers this could be one of the most egregious offenses. The dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Trump's opponent in the election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "All I can make of it is that he wanted to say something pleasing to the boss, and did so at the cost of our institutions". "To have Barr agree that there was spying on the campaign means accountability is only one step away from bringing those who broke the law to justice".

That's what Barr is telling Congress during his testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing.

"The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated, and I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but I think I need to explore that".

In the explosive back and forth between Barr and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen Barr added, "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal". Barr said on Wednesday he intends to send the Mueller report to Congress next week.

"I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", Barr said.

Barr told members of a Senate Appropriations Committee panel that he wants to understand how and why key decisions were made about the counterintelligence investigation opened by the FBI in the summer of 2016.

In March 2017, Trump accused his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, of "wire tapping" the Trump Tower offices in NY before the presidential election in November 2016, claiming the former president had overseen a "Nixon/Watergate"-style intervention".

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