Dershowitz: Barr Won't Be Pressured on Mueller Report

Barr: 'I think spying did occur' against Trump campaign

Attorney General William Barr meanwhile told lawmakers he believes the Trump campaign was spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The situation that I think is intolerable, and which I'm opposed to, is the current situation we're in", Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning.

Barr likely curried favor with Trump when he told the Senate committee, "I think spying did occur" on the Trump campaign during the 2016 campaign. After a pause, Barr replied in the affirmative: "I think spying did occur".

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation employees deserve better from their leader.

Responding to Sen. Jack Reed's (D-R.I.) question about whether he'd also call it a "witchhunt", Barr said, "I'm not going to characterize".

Pelosi said in the interview: Barr is "not the attorney general of Donald Trump".

Barr modified his language, saying, "I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance". Trump said past year he would "probably" support an earlier version of the STATES Act if it reached his desk-and Barr seems to be echoing that same supportive-but-not-endorsing sentiment.

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Barr told representatives that the Justice Department is now wrapping up an investigation into whether the FBI misused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Attorney General William Barr: "I've already explained the information that's going to be redacted from the report, the four categories". "There is a hunger for that to happen in this country like I've never seen before".

What did the attorney general say?

"This was an attempted coup".

Some Justice Department officials have argued that a review into the FBI is necessary based on a pattern of actions, including a criminal investigation that agents opened into former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017 for misleading lawmakers about his contacts with Russians when he was a senator advising Trump's campaign.

Barr's comments came in response to questions from Sen. Barr didn't answer, insisting he has said everything he planned to say about the report until it comes out.

Although Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton received counterintelligence briefings about the threat of infiltration by foreign spies, it isn't clear what they were told. "And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said", wrote the New York Times. That warrant included a reference to research that was conducted by an ex-British spy who was funded by Democrats to look into Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

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

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