Appearing before the Senate appropriations committee, Barr was asked about his order for the FBI to examine the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, something Trump himself has asked for. Generation I grew up in, which was the Vietnam War period, people were all concerned, you know, about spying on anti-war people and so forth, by the government.
As Attorney General Willaim Barr sat before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday to discuss the Justice Department's budget 2020, the nation's top law-enforcement official said he supports a ban on marijuana around the U.S.
In March 2017, Trump accused his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, of "wire tapping" the Trump Tower offices in NY before the presidential election in November 2016, claiming the former president had overseen a "Nixon/Watergate"-style intervention".
Barr, who was appointed by Trump, is already facing criticism by congressional Democrats for how he has handled the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report into the Russian Federation probe and his comments about surveillance brought more derision from Democratic senators. "He is the attorney general of the United States", Pelosi told AP. He says he's looking forward to explaining his reasoning after he releases a redacted version of Mueller's 400-page report in the coming days.
'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.
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.
Barr's comments came in response to questions from Sen. Trump himself has called on Barr to investigate the FBI's counterintelligence probe. 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, appearing before a Senate panel, did not say what "spying" had taken place. The FBI relied on the notorious Steele dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Applications to reauthorize the surveillance continued into the Trump administration and two were signed by Trump appointees, suggesting that the collection yielded enough foreign intelligence to merit the subsequent requests to keep it going.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz is now investigating whether or not federal investigators abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, in order to get a warrant to investigate former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.