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Trump urges investigation of FBI actions

16 April 2019

CivicForumPAC Chairman Ford O'Connell and The Daily Centrist editor-in-chief Rick Ungar on Attorney General William Barr's claim that authorities spied on the Trump campaign and how President Trump criticized Special Counsel Robert Muller's Russian Federation probe.

Two weeks after the Justice Department reversed itself and agreed with efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act, Attorney General Bill Barr on Tuesday seemed to express skepticism that the Trump administration's latest position can withstand legal scrutiny from the Supreme Court. "He is the attorney general of the United States", Pelosi said.

"What role did the dossier play?"

'I don't trust Barr, I trust Mueller'. Yes, I think spying did occur. By focusing on the privacy rights of "peripheral" third parties, Barr may be signalling he will make an exception to the policy in order to allow information to remain unredacted concerning people who, while not charged with crimes, are central to the probe, potentially including Trump.

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.

His comments before a Senate panel on Wednesday suggest the origins of the Russian Federation investigation may have been mishandled. He later said he is not sure there had been improper surveillance but will make sure proper procedures were followed.

"After wasting all of that money and all of that time, people who were absolutely haters of Trump found no collusion", he said.

Trump ended his statements by saying the whole thing was also treason, "Because this was an illegal witch hunt, and everybody knew it. What they did was against our Constitution and everything we stand for", he said.

"What they did was treason, what they did was bad, what they did was against our Constitution", the POTUS said.

"I think spying did occur", Barr said. "I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated but I need to explore that".

A source familiar with Barr's thinking, however, said that he referred to "spying" in the "classic sense" of intelligence collection, not as "pejorative".

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". "As far as I'm concerned, I don't care about the Mueller report".

Three renewal applications of the surveillance warrant against Mr. Page were ultimately granted by various federal judges - one signed by Rod J. Rosenstein, Mr. Trump's Deputy Attorney General.

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".

Trump urges investigation of FBI actions