Trump urges investigation of FBI actions

Trump urges investigation of FBI actions

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. "I'm not suggesting those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at that", he continued.

"I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred".

At a hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Sen.

Calling this a "big deal", Barr plans to get to the bottom of what originally sparked the Mueller investigation in July 2016. "The post-Watergate reforms are being dismantled, one by one".

However, as reported by CNN's Manu Raju, he justified his decision to personally clear the president of obstruction charges by saying, "that's generally how the Department of Justice works".

"That's great news he's looking into how this whole thing started back in 2016", Representative Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Tuesday of Barr's interest in the issue.

Trump also asked Barr to investigate the probe's origins, a request that Barr seems willing to heed.

Barr repeatedly refused to answer a direct question as to whether the White House has seen - or will see - the full Mueller report prior to its release.

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We also know, based on statements by then-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that no official intelligence product existed to open the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

Caputo said he only learned the individual was an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant after he sat down with investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Jerry Moran. He said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it". Barr said on Tuesday that investigation was due to wrap up in May or June.

Barr was testifying for a second day at a congressional budget hearing that was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation. Later he praised FBI Director Christopher Wray. "This was an attempted takedown of a president and we beat them", he said Wednesday.

The Justice Department's inspector general has already been investigating the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Barr responded that he planned on "reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed against - at the Trump campaign during 2016".

Barr said he hasn't specifically studied the States Act himself, but the Justice Department is reviewing the legislation.

It was Hillary Clinton's campaign, as well as the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which had hired Fusion GPS-through their law firm Perkins Coie-to produce the dossier.

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