Barr: I need to explore spying on the Trump campaign

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

Attorney General William Barr confirmed Wednesday during a Senate hearing that the FBI had spies in President Trump's campaign during the bureau's investigation into alleged collusion with Russian Federation.

"Spying on a political campaign is a big deal", Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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

"I'm not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it's important to look at that", Barr said.

Barr said he wasn't opening a broad investigation into the FBI - vouching for the bureau and current Director Christopher Wray - but added that "there was probably a failure by a group of leaders there at the upper echelon".

Barr modified his language, saying, "I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance".

Barr's statement Wednesday that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week.

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The letter said that Mueller did not find a criminal conspiracy between Russian Federation and Trump associates around the time of the 2016 election and that Barr did not believe the evidence in the report was sufficient to prove the president had obstructed justice. "I'm not saying it wasn't", he said. That may be covered in the Mueller report. He also said that Mueller presented evidence "on both sides" about whether Trump obstructed justice, but he did not draw a conclusion one way or the other.

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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.

The special counsel's office did not establish that, Barr has said, nor did it establish that Trump broke the law in trying to frustrate the investigation. The question is, was it was adequately predicated? Barr said he can't do that, but did promise senators more access to the investigation when it comes to the grand jury material.

Barr's characterization appears to confirm that the campaign was indeed spied upon.

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.

Moreover, Trump campaign aides including Page and George Papadopoulos were targeted by a series of meetings involving intelligence assets, such as de facto outed Federal Bureau of Investigation informant Stefan Halper.

"I've heard their names", Barr responded, smiling. "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.

Obama has denied any involvement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation requests to surveil the Trump campaign before the Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) courts, but this denial is extremely disingenuous.

Aderholt was referring to the "Steele Dossier" that had been put together as opposition research against Trump, including with funding from Democrats.

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