"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal".
"The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated, and I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but I think I need to explore that". And I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated.
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 USA intelligence agencies directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election because "spying did occur".
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.
In March 2017, Trump accused his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, of "wire tapping" the Trump Tower offices in NY before the presidential election in November 2016, claiming the former president had overseen a "Nixon/Watergate"-style intervention".
The attorney general told lawmakers that, on one hand, a sitting president can not be indicted, while on the other hand, the Russian Federation investigation should be viewed as a criminal case, wrote Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of MI, for The Daily Beast.
'The generation I grew up in, which was the Vietnam War period, people were all concerned about spying on anti-war people and so forth by the government.
Barr added, "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal". "He is the attorney general of the United States". "I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance".
He told the media: "This was an attempted takedown of a president". And we beat them, ' Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a Texas fundraiser. So this is an idea that the president's allies in Congress have been long pushing for, you know, for months. "Because I know how illegal this whole thing was; it was a scam", he said.
Barr wouldn't discuss the substance of the special counsel's investigation into possible connections between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, but he did explain some of what to expect when the report is released: He said the redactions will be color-coded and accompanied by notes explaining any decisions to withhold information.
Was the Trump campaign spied on?
Democrats called on Barr to immediately "disavow and retract" his comments, saying "there is no evidence of spying". He said that the letter may have been read to them, but they did not get a hard copy of it. The FBI and Department of Justice, however, relied on information other than Mr. Steele's dossier in launching its July 2016 investigation into Mr. Trump's key associates, citing a meeting that George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign volunteer who pled guilty during the course of the special counsel's investigation to lying to the FBI, had with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic at a bar in London.
Barr already tipped his hand in January 2019 when appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing.