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

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

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

"Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana but, if there is not sufficient consensus to obtain that, then I think the way to go is to permit a more federal approach so states can make their own decisions within the framework of the federal law and so we're not just ignoring the enforcement of federal law", he said. Trump himself has called on Barr to investigate the FBI's counterintelligence probe.

Asked again about spying at the end of the hearing, Barr tempered his tone "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred".

It is a credit to Attorney General Bill Barr that his testimony Tuesday morning before a House Appropriations subcommittee seemed, for the most part, like a non-event.

"I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I'm not going to discuss it", Barr said.

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. "The post-Watergate reforms are being dismantled, one by one".

"He is not the attorney general of Donald Trump".

Barr, however, cleared Trump of any wrongdoing in his four-page summary of the Mueller report without revealing any of Mueller's actual evidence for and against obstruction charges.

Barr said that he plans to form a team to gather information from the Justice Department and Capitol Hill related to the FBI's investigation, which was formally opened on July 31, 2016. "I'm not saying it wasn't", he said. But said: "That's generally how the Department of Justice works".

The California Democrat also said in an interview with The Associated Press she was "very concerned" about Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report and accused Barr doing Trump's political bidding. He said "what they did was treason".

Congressional Democrats have launched a counteroffensive against President Trump's "Muslim ban".

"I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicted, but I need to explore that".

Barr said Wednesday he expects to release a redacted version of the Mueller report next week, but Pelosi said it's only a "matter of time" before the full report is made public.

Barr said he can't do that, but did promise senators more access to the investigation when it comes to the grand jury material.

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

It was Hillary Clinton's campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which had hired Fusion GPS-through their law firm Perkins Coie-to produce the dossier.

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