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Attorney general says 'I think spying did occur' on Trump's campaign

14 April 2019

Although Mr Barr admitted that he will release the report quickly, he also confirmed that he will not provide Congress with an unredacted version. "I don't know if people should get their hopes up for the full Mueller report, because based on Barr's letter, there's probably not going to be a chapter in there called 'Impeachable Stuff.'" Still, Roy Wood Jr. had a solution for people still holding out hope for really damning news. And intelligence committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California said Barr's comments were sure to please Trump, but strike "another destructive blow to our democratic institutions".

"A headline today is that William Barr's personally reviewing the conduct of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in launching the Trump Russia collusion hoax".

Attorney General William Barr declared Wednesday he thinks "spying did occur" against Donald Trump's presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russian Federation investigation may have been mishandled in remarks that aligned him with the president at a time when Barr's independence is under scrutiny. A separate investigation is being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June.

Yes, that's right and tainted would be the best possible outcome, illegal is more like it.

"I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016", Barr told the House panel on Tuesday.

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Barr's investigation is in addition to the one being conducted by the DOJ's inspector general. Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham is also a member of the appropriations subcommittee and will question Barr Wednesday ahead of the May 1 hearing in his committee.

In addition to questions about the Mueller report, Barr is likely to be queried on the Justice Department lawsuit about the Affordable Care Act, as well as the Trump administration's immigration policies and family separation.

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

The move from Mr Barr indicates he could well investigate claims that the initial investigation into the US President was biased from the start, according to Bloomberg.

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe. Barr's promised release does not satisfy those who do not trust the Trump-appointed AG to handle the redaction process appropriately.

Attorney general says 'I think spying did occur' on Trump's campaign