Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
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'I don't trust Barr' Nancy Pelosi comments on attorney general

'I don't trust Barr' Nancy Pelosi comments on attorney general

Attorney General William Barr told Congress Tuesday he expects to release his redacted version of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation report "within a week", while Democrats criticized his handling of the long-awaited document and demanded he turn it over in full.

Cable news and social media were abuzz with one of Barr's earlier word choices, when he told senators that he would look into the work of US intelligence agencies directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election because "spying did occur".

Barr also said that he as attorney general concluded that Mueller's evidence was "not sufficient" to establish that Trump committed criminal obstruction of justice.

Hawaii Democrat Brian Schatz, had pointedly given Barr an opportunity to rephrase that, "because when the attorney general of the United States uses the word 'spying, ' it's rather provocative and in my view unnecessarily inflammatory".

The attorney general appeared before a House appropriations subcommittee to discuss his department's budget request - normally a sleepy affair - but Democrats, in particular, were more interested in asking questions about the report.

"You're not suggesting, though, spying occurred?" "But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", Barr said. He later said during the hearing that he wasn't sure there had been improper surveillance and wants to ensure all proper procedures were followed. They were spying on - a term I don't particularly like - but on what the Russians were doing. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it".

CHANG: So President Trump has accused the Obama administration before of spying on his campaign.

If I had a 400-page contract for you to sign, but would only provide you with a four-page synopsis of it to read, would you trust me and sign it?

Spying on the Trump campaign certainly occurred.

"I'm really surprised ... because the Supreme Court did uphold the law - the ACA - and now the attorney general is saying we will not defend it, regardless", Sen.

"Barr's testimony revealed a mindset that is consistent with the Trump narrative of an Federal Bureau of Investigation that is out to get him", McQuade said.

While congressional Republicans have long questioned the origins of the Russian Federation investigation, suggesting that Justice Department officials conspired against Trump, Democrats have argued it was legitimate. What exactly did the attorney general say?

BARR: Is that more appropriate in your mind?

Barr told Congress on Tuesday that he 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". He said, normally, law enforcement would tell a campaign if they thought that it was targeted by foreign intelligence.

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