USA attorney general: Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spied' on Trump campaign

Attorney General William Barr looks over toward Assistant Attorney General for Administration Lee J. Lofthus left as they appear before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill Tuesday

"I think spying did occur", Barr told a Senate Appropriations panel on Wednesday.

'I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal - it's a big deal, ' Barr said.

What did the attorney general say?

"I think it's important to look at that..." He confirmed that spying occurred against the campaign in 2016.

Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, told a Senate appropriations subcommittee that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it". Barr said he expects to release a redacted copy of Mueller's report next week, and Democrats have repeatedly expressed concern that his version will hide wrongdoing by the president.

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the White House, decreed it an "illegal investigation" conducted by "dirty cops".

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.

President Donald Trump and other Republicans have dubbed the counterintelligence probe "Spygate", especially regarding the FBI's use of an informant named Stefan Halper. The redacted report should be released sometime next week.

Co-host Willie Geist asked Coons if he is "confident" he will see the unredacted Mueller report.

We also know, based on statements by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that no official intelligence product existed to open the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

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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.

And while Barr gave Trump the headlines he craved, he continues to keep the report secret.

Ostensibly, the subject of the hearing was the Justice Department's $29.2 billion budget request for the fiscal year 2020.

"One key issue that nobody raised, will we know the names of the people on each side" of the obstruction issue, Dershowitz said. "But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", Barr said.

The California Democrat also said in an interview with The Associated Press she was "very concerned" about Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report and accused Barr doing Trump's political bidding.

Barr said Wednesday he expects to release a redacted version of the Mueller report next week, but Pelosi said it's only a "matter of time" before the full report is made public.

"This is not launching an investigation of the FBI", he added.

Barr responded that he planned on "reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed against - at the Trump campaign during 2016".

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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