Barr wants to investigate origins of agencies 'spying' on Trump campaign
16 April, 2019, 10:41 | Author: Sherman Richardson
Barr, appearing before a Senate panel hearing, declared Wednesday he believes "spying did occur" on Trump's campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russian Federation probe might have been mishandled.
Although a judge signed the warrant for the surveillance after Page left the campaign, it was controversial because the spying was said to have been based on information provided by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence agent, whose work was paid for by the Democrats.
Barr said he hasn't specifically studied the States Act himself, but the Justice Department is reviewing the legislation.
The investigation cleared him and his aides of collusion, making no determination on whether they had tried to obstruct justice.
'This was an attempted coup. "And we beat them, we beat them", BBC News quoted Donald Trump as saying.
"So the Mueller report, when they talk about obstruction we fight back". Barr responded by asking the congressman: "Do you think it's likely that we are gong to prevail?" "Because I knew how illegal this whole thing was, it was a scam". It was a scam. "Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General".
"He's doing a great job, getting started on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started". He said that the letter may have been read to them, but they did not get a hard copy of it.
"What is incredible here about Attorney General Barr is really his by the book manner, his ability to cut through the Democratic games, and also the willingness to get to the bottom of exactly how this Russian Federation probe came about and whether or not there was foul play here", he said on FOX Business' "Making Money with Charles Payne" Wednesday.
Barr told Congress on Tuesday that he is "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".
I assume that when Barr spoke of exploring whether the spying on the Trump campaign was "adequately predicated", he was referring at least in part to the reasons presented to the FISA court for authorizing electronic surveillance of Page. "But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", Barr said.
Barr said he doesn't have any specific evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other US intelligence agencies did anything wrong, but he does have concerns about how all of this went down. "I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance".
Shaheen then questioned Barr if he believed the bureau spied on members of the Trump campaign.
President Trump and his conservative allies have repeatedly suggested the Obama administration planted a mole in his presidential campaign to undercut his candidacy.
Trump criticized the waste of almost $30 million that "haters" of his presidency spent on the investigation but noted that it still came up empty.
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