'I am not suggesting those rules were violated, but I think it is important to look at that. "The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated".
The attorney general plans to review the "genesis and the conduct" of the FBI's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., tweeted that Barr's comments "directly contradict" what the Justice Department previously had said, and he said he had requested a briefing from the department.
"No, I'm not, and that's one of my main concerns", Coons responded.
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". Later he praised FBI Director Christopher Wray.Читайте также: New Poll: Despite Partisan Divides on Immigration, Americans Oppose Family Separation
Barr's comments on Wednesday are also more in line with President Donald Trump's expressed views on the topic.
While Mr Trump was flying off to Texas, America's top law official was appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee. "But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", Barr said. Democrats have expressed concern that his version will hide wrongdoing by the president and are frustrated by the four-page summary letter he released last month that they say paints Mueller's findings in an overly favorable way for the president.
Barr, however, cleared Trump of any wrongdoing in his four-page summary of the Mueller report without revealing any of Mueller's actual evidence for and against obstruction charges.
Barr's clarification that by "spying" he meant "unauthorized surveillance" is notable, since this would mean he was not talking about FISA warrants.
He chose Barr in December to lead the Justice Department months after Barr submitted an unsolicited legal memorandum to the White House criticizing the basis for Mueller's investigation.
In the March 24 letter, Barr said that Mueller's investigation did not establish that members of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russian Federation. Halper, a former Cambridge professor, made contact with at least three Trump campaign advisers, Carter Page, Sam Clovis and George Papadopoulos.
Trump and his allies have focused much of their criticism of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DOJ on the warrant that authorities sought in 2016 to conduct surveillance on a junior campaign foreign policy aide, Carter Page.
Barr was loath to provide many details other than to say that the Justice Department planned to release the redacted report in the next week.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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