USA government 'spied' on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, attorney general says

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That began in 2016 during the election and then continued in 2017 under the stewardship of special counsel Robert Mueller after Trump became president and then fired the head of the FBI, James Comey.

It was not immediately clear what "spying" Barr was referring to, but President Donald Trump's supporters have repeatedly made accusations of political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and seized on anti-Trump text messages sent and received by one of the lead agents involved in investigating whether the Trump campaign was colluding with Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to the U.S. attorney general about tracing the origins of the inquiry that cleared him of colluding with Russian Federation. "He is the attorney general of the United States", she said.

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

"What I'm most interested in is getting started, hopefully the attorney general, he mentioned it yesterday".

Here is an explanation of the four categories of information that Barr has said will be redacted.

And the senator asked, "Are you going to be in a position to defend the law" now that DOJ is against it?

"I'm not suggesting it was not adequately predicated, but I need to explore that".

He said he had an obligation to make sure "government power is not abused".

Media captionBarr told lawmakers on Tuesday that Mueller declined an offered to review his letter What did Trump say?

This is an interesting development when you consider that President Donald Trump previously claimed, without evidence, that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign.

Barr said in the summary released last month that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice, instead presenting evidence on both sides of the question.

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". He said that the USA government spied on the Trump campaign.

'I am concerned about it and I was asked about whether there was any basis for it, and I believe there is a basis for my concern but I'm not going to discuss the basis, ' he said.

Facing the intensifying concerns from Democrats that he may have whitewashed Mueller's findings, Barr has moved to defend, or at least explain, his handling of the process since receiving the special counsel's report. "Is that more appropriate in your mind?" What they did was against our Constitution and everything we stand for, ' Trump said.

Barr told the committee that he would review all the intelligence activities directed at Trump's 2016 campaign.

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