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

President Donald Trump called the probe into his campaign's Russian Federation links an attempted "coup" Wednesday, while his attorney general promised to investigate FBI "spying" on the president.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat congressman on the House Intelligence Committee, criticised Mr Barr for his use of the term "spying" to characterise how the Federal Bureau of Investigation and justice officials had acted. "I don't trust Barr, I trust Mueller".

Barr recently received special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his almost two-year investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 election campaign and the Russian government.

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.

After several years of congressional inquiries and investigations many Republican lawmakers say Barr's statements this past week have renewed their faith that there will be justice and a serious investigation to access what happened prior, during and after the 2016 election. "I've been willing to discuss my letters and the process going forward, but the report is going to be out next week and I'm just not going to get details of the process until the plane's on the ground".

"It's an unfathomable and irresponsible remark", Senator Richard Blumenthal told Al Jazeera.

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Representative Jerrold Nadler reacted on Twitter saying Barr's "comments directly contradict what DOJ previously told us. I still remain hopeful that we will find ways to achieve transparency".




"AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign 'did occur, '" Schumer tweeted.

"I have no specific evidence that I would cite right now, I do have some questions about it", Barr replied. "Something that's duly passed and upheld as legal, that the attorney general has a duty to defend it".

Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday continued his tepid defense of the Trump administration's decision not to defend Obamacare and, instead, to side with 21 conservative states mounting an effort to tear down the landmark health care law covering millions of Americans.

Attorney General William Barr says he plans to review the origins of the FBI's investigation between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"He acted more like a personal lawyer for Donald Trump today rather than the attorney general", Brennan added. "But for the attorney general to imply or to say that there was spying domestically, he knows the language very well and he knows the terminology and he knows what it connotes, which is an extralegal activity taking place". "To have Barr agree that there was spying on the campaign means accountability is only one step away from bringing those who broke the law to justice".

Barr, appearing before a Senate panel, did not say what "spying" had taken place but seemed likely to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained on a Trump associate.

His comments risked inflaming Democratic concerns that Barr's views are overly in sync with Trump's and that he's determined to protect the president as he readies the release of a version of Mueller's report.

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