Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

US AG Barr claims FBI spied on Trump campaign

US AG Barr claims FBI spied on Trump campaign

The California Democrat also said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that she's "very concerned" about Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report.

Department of Justice inspector general Michael E. Horowitz, who was tasked with reviewing the origins of the FBI's investigation into President Donald Trump and his associates, as well as the manner in which a surveillance warrant was obtained against Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign, will conclude his investigation sometime in May or June, Attorney General William Barr told congressional lawmakers Tuesday.

Barr's comments are likely to ratchet up Democrats' unease over the attorney general that's already simmering over Barr's role in the Mueller investigation and the decision there wasn't sufficient evidence to prosecute obstruction of justice. "I believe the Attorney General believes he needs to protect the president of the United States".

"What role did the dossier play?"

The Mueller investigation has just wrapped up and, although the US Congress and the public have not yet seen the resulting report, Barr issued his own summary that said Mueller had not found collusion. "I don't, well, I guess you could, I think spying did occur, yes".

"What I'm most interested in is getting started, hopefully the attorney general, he mentioned it yesterday".

'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.

"I feel that I have an obligation to ensure government power was not abused", Barr said. Democrats have questioned how Barr could boil down Mueller's full report so quickly and allege that it may have been written in a favorable way for the president.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr told senators at a budget hearing that, like a similar House hearing Tuesday, was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"What they did was treason". He said, normally, law enforcement would tell a campaign if they thought that it was targeted by foreign intelligence. The FBI had placed confidential informants in direct contact with members of the campaign, according to reports.

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. But one of the things I want to do is pull together all the information from the various investigations that have gone on, including on the Hill and in the Department and see if there are any remaining questions to be addressed, ' he said. Jerry Moran of Kansas asked Barr about his basis for saying spying occurred.

While Mr Trump was flying off to Texas, America's top law official was appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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