Democrats Furious At Attorney General's 'Spying' Claim About Russia Probe

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"What is wonderful here about Attorney General Barr is really his by the book manner, his ability to cut through the Democratic games, and also the willingness to get to the bottom of exactly how this Russian Federation probe came about and whether or not there was foul play here", he said on FOX Business' "Making Money with Charles Payne" Wednesday.

Congressional Republicans have for the past year called for a thorough accounting of the origins of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, which many of them believe began as a result of anti-Trump bias on the part of senior DOJ and FBI officials.

Barr didn't suggest at that time, however, that there may have been "unauthorized surveillance".

"I feel that I have an obligation to ensure government power was not abused", Barr said. "It was my opinion it was illegal spying, unprecedented spying, and something that should never be allowed to happen in our country again".

"Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana", Barr said during the hearing Wednesday. Barr's remarks aligned him with the president at a time when his independence is under scrutiny.

Barr has also yet to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russian Federation investigation, though he has released his own spin on its principal conclusions.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", he said.

"He is acting as an employee of the president", Hoyer said.

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She also accused Barr of doing Trump's political bidding in his testimony at the April 10 Senate hearing.

Attorney General William Barr's claim he thought President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign was spied on is "both stunning and scary", the former Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday during an appearance on CNN.

Barr repeatedly refused to answer a direct question as to whether the White House has seen - or will see - the full Mueller report prior to its release.

Donald Trump, the President of the US, stated that the investigation of Russia's interference in the USA elections was a coup attempt, as The Washington Post reported.

So just before the hearing ended, Barr seemed to realize that maybe he had created a mess he needed to clean up, one that dealt with one of the most contentious and inflammatory subjects in politics during the Trump administration.

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". He has said he will release a redacted version of the document within a week.

House Democrats were also pushing the "conspiracy theory" talking point on Wednesday, with Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-New York) contrasting it to what he said was fact of Russiagate, and Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) calling it "another destructive blow to our democratic institutions".

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