"The situation that I think is intolerable, and which I'm opposed to, is the current situation we're in", Barr told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday morning. But this nonetheless counters what intelligence officials have said, which is that they did undertake a counterintelligence investigation into Russian interference and potential Trump campaign conspiracy with it during the campaign - but that no spying occurred.
Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, Barr said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe. "I am not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it's important to look at them".
At the Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Democratic Senator Brian Schatz pressed Barr on his use of the term "spying", which he called "unnecessarily inflammatory". Politico reports he later added, "I have no specific evidence that I would cite right now".
President Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday while discussing the origins of the investigations into his campaign that there had been an attempted coup.
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"I am 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. That was one of four criteria Barr has said he is using to redact Mueller's almost 400-page report. But as of today, Barr wouldn't answer whether the White House has or would see the report prior to its release.
As a result, he's putting together a team to uncover the origin of the Mueller probe.
Taken all together, at a minimum, Barr generally ratified a view of the Russian Federation investigation that will make Trump very pleased with his new Attorney General. He also said that Mueller presented evidence "on both sides" about whether Trump obstructed justice, but he did not draw a conclusion one way or the other.
'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.
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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.
"That is one question I have", Barr said.
Spying on the Trump campaign certainly occurred.
Barr told the committee that he would review all the intelligence activities directed at Trump's 2016 campaign, and added that his review was not specifically directed just at the Federal Bureau of Investigation alone.
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Republican Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama asked Barr during Tuesday's hearing if the Justice Department is investigating "how it came to be that your agency used a salacious and unverified dossier as a predicate for FISA order on a USA citizen?"