Barr says 'I think spying did occur' on Trump campaign

Henrietta Brewer
April 16, 2019

"For the same reason we're anxious about foreign influence in elections, I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr said.

Earlier Wednesday, Barr told a Senate panel he believes "spying did occur" on Trump's presidential campaign, aligning himself more closely with the president's views on the origins of the Russian Federation investigation.

"AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign 'did occur, '" Schumer tweeted.

Media captionBarr told lawmakers on Tuesday that Mueller declined an offered to review his letter What did Trump say?

Supporters of the probe insist that USA officials were acting appropriately and in the public interest by investigating claims over the Trump campaign's engagements with Russian-linked figures.

'This was an attempted coup. This was an attempted take-down of a president. "We beat them", the message reads.

"We fight back, and you know why we fight back?"


"If I review the transcript and see a problem, I'll let you know", Barr said with a smile and a slight chuckle.

'I knew how illegal this whole thing was. It was a scam.

"He's doing a great job, getting started on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started".

"What they did was treason, what they did was awful, what they did was against our constitution", Trump said without specifying who he was accusing of treason.

"What they did was treason".

A former federal prosecutor exposed an intractable contradiction in Attorney General William Barr's testimony before Congress.

And Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence panel, told CNN that Barr's comment "almost seems to be endorsing one of these theories that has been debunked time and time again".


"I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee", Barr said in response to questions from Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves about whether leaking the full, unredacted report by a member of Congress would be a crime.

BARR: The question is whether it was predicated - adequately predicated.

Barr's inquiry is separate from a Justice Department inspector general's investigation into possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Barr, a Trump appointee, said, "I want to make sure there was no unauthorised surveillance", modifying his language.

President Trump and his conservative allies have repeatedly suggested the Obama administration planted a mole in his presidential campaign to undercut his candidacy.

In his letter, Barr said the special counsel did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates during the campaign, but Mueller did not reach a definitive conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.

He replied: "No, they were not. The term "spying" has all kinds of negative connotations and I have to believe he chose that term deliberately".


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