Attorney General Tells Senate: 'Spying Did Occur' Against Trump Campaign

Attorney General Tells Senate: 'Spying Did Occur' Against Trump Campaign

Attorney General Tells Senate: 'Spying Did Occur' Against Trump Campaign

"I think spying did occur", Barr said.

She said, "I don't trust Barr". And, Barr said, he and the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with the special counsel team on March 5, where they were briefed on the basic conclusions of the report.

"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". He added. "For a lawyer - for those of us who are lawyers words matter, you have to be precise in your words, and then he goes back to instead of calling it surveillance, calling it spying again".

President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday while discussing the origins of the investigations into his campaign that there had been an attempted coup.

At least some of the information that underpinned the request came from a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, who also was the author of the infamous Russian Federation dossier. But as of today, Barr wouldn't answer whether the White House has or would see the report prior to its release.

"We're going to have to make some hard choices", Barr said.

'What I'm most interested in is getting started. on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started, ' the president continued, repeating his call for an investigation of the origins of the Russian Federation probe.

We also know, based on statements by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that no official intelligence product existed to open the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

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"The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters-a secret type of subpoena-officials said".

"William Barr Testimony Highlights: Government "Spying Did Occur" on Trump Campaign", said the New York Times. According to Trump, Americans would now like to see the investigators investigated.

The issue came up as Barr continued to be pressed by Democrats to give lawmakers Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report and the evidence behind it. "This was an attempted takedown of a president and we beat them", he said.

Trump and his allies have focused much of their criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ on the warrant that authorities sought in 2016 to conduct surveillance on a junior campaign foreign policy aide, Carter Page.

Barr said he hasn't specifically studied the States Act himself, but the Justice Department is reviewing the legislation.

Associates of Trump's campaign, such as Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, were targeted by a series of unusual meetings involving intelligence assets.

Steele's work ultimately was underwritten by Democrats, and because the dossier remains unverified and - in some cases, its contents have been debunked - critics charge that Page's rights were violated.

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