Donald Trump says he has not seen full Russian Federation collusion report

Donald Trump says he has not seen full Russian Federation collusion report

In the explosive back and forth between Barr and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen Barr added, "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal".

"But if there's not sufficient consensus to obtain that, then I think the way to go is to permit a more federal approach so states can make their own decisions within the framework of a federal law so we're not just ignoring the enforcement of federal law". "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred".

That's what Barr is telling Congress during his testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing.

The report is expected to shed light on some of the more contentious episodes of Trump's election bid and presidency, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey in 2017 and his campaign's contacts with Russians.

"Attempts to hide swaths of the report from public scrutiny along the way will only fuel suspicions" that the Justice Department is "playing the role of President Trump's defense team", Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont said at Wednesday's hearing.

'As I said in my confirmation hearing, I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016, ' said Barr.

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"I'm shocked to hear the Attorney General of the United States casually make the suggestion that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or intelligence committee was spying on the president's campaign", Schiff told me.

According to Fox News, Barr has settled on the Justice Department members he plans to lean on to look into the how the FBI chose to investigate Trump in the first place.

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the White House, decreed it an "illegal investigation" conducted by "dirty cops". The dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Trump's opponent in the election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Democrats said they were concerned that a four-page summary letter of the report's main conclusions Barr released last month portrayed the investigation's findings in an overly favourable way for Trump. Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) got Barr to promise to "look into what happened in 2016". This is Congressmember Nita Lowey questioning Barr. "To have Barr agree that there was spying on the campaign means accountability is only one step away from bringing those who broke the law to justice". "And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said", wrote the New York Times.

A person familiar with the process said Barr is forming a team to review the origins of the FBI investigation. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) asked Barr if he cared to rephrase his statement, noting, "I think the word "spying" could cause everybody in the cable news ecosystem to freak out, and I think it's necessary for you to be precise with your language".