AG Barr: The Obama Administration Was 'Spying' on the Trump Campaign

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"The situation that I think is intolerable, and which I'm opposed to, is the current situation we're in", Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning.

Responding to Sen. Jack Reed's (D-R.I.) question about whether he'd also call it a "witchhunt", Barr said, "I'm not going to characterize".

This is to say that what Barr is talking about appears to be separate from the complaints lodged by one Carter Page, the former Trump campaign adviser who was the target of such warrants.

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

During testimony in front of a House committee Tuesday, Barr said DOJ 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". "There is a hunger for that to happen in this country like I've never seen before".

And we beat them, ' Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a Texas fundraiser.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation employees deserve better from their leader. Barr said at a House hearing Tuesday that the report was coming "within a week".

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. The FBI had placed confidential informants in direct contact with members of the campaign, according to reports.

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The internal Justice Department review and redaction of the report continue to be a collaboration between the attorney general and the special counsel, and that process has gone smoothly.

"Attempts to hide swaths of the report from public scrutiny along the way will only fuel suspicions" that the Justice Department is "playing the role of President Trump's defense team", Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said at Wednesday's hearing.

'And a lot of this has already been investigated, and a substantial portion of it has been investigated and is being investigated by the Office of Inspector General at the [Justice] Department.

The Justice Department's inspector general has already been investigating the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Now that the Russian Federation investigation has wrapped up, Barr intends to review the origins of the FBI's investigation of the campaign. Later he praised FBI Director Christopher Wray.

"That is one question I have", Barr said.

Steele's work ultimately was underwritten by Democrats, and because the dossier remains unverified and - in some cases, its contents have been debunked - critics charge that Page's rights were violated.

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