Pelosi says Barr comments undermine his role

Modesto Morganelli
Апреля 16, 2019

Barr testified before lawmakers that he thinks "there was spying" on the Trump campaign and he defined spying as "unauthorized surveillance".

JEANNE SHAHEEN: Well, let me. Did Barr get into what his specific concerns are?

While congressional Democrats have demanded the release of the full report with nothing blacked out, as well as the underlying evidence Mueller collected, Barr has said he will redact four categories of sensitive information.

Mr Barr praised the "outstanding" Federal Bureau of Investigation as a whole, but told the panel: "I think there was probably a failure among the group of leaders". Later he praised FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"I think what he said was absolutely true". And there were a lot of rules put in place to make sure that there was an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance, ' he added.

Democrats called on Barr to immediately "disavow and retract" his comments, saying "there is no evidence of spying".

He told the media: "This was an attempted takedown of a president". And we beat them. But one of the things I want to do is pull everything together from the various investigations that have gone on.

Barr said he hasn't specifically studied the States Act himself, but the Justice Department is reviewing the legislation.

"What they did was treason, what they did was awful, what they did was against our Constitution", the POTUS said. What they did was awful.

Democrats say they will not accept any redactions. My original timetable of being able to release this by mid-April stands.

'Hopefully, that will happen, ' Trump said. He said that he had "some inkling as to some of the thinking of the special counsel" due to public reporting on indictments, etc. filed by Mueller.

Now that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel tasked with investigating Mr. Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign and their ties to Moscow, has concluded that no criminal conspiracy occurred, Republicans are claiming predicting that Mr. Horowitz's findings will be damning, preparing to claim vindication that the Trump-Russia investigation was politicized. The FBI used electronic surveillance on Carter Page for the same objective.

The FBI also relied heavily on the Steele dossier as part of its counterintelligence probe.

His review is separate from a Justice Department inspector general investigation into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June.

"What I'm most interested in is getting started, hopefully the attorney general, he mentioned it yesterday". "But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated".

The bureau opened its investigation into the Trump campaign on July 31, 2016, after receiving a tip from the Australian government regarding former Trump aide George Papadopoulos.

"You're not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?" I'm saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it.

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