Former DNI Clapper Slams Barr for Spy Comments

16 April, 2019, 10:39 | Author: Kara Nash
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Separately on Wednesday, Trump called the surveillance "an attempted coup".

A separate investigation is being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June.

"I think spying did occur", Barr told Congress, without presenting evidence.

Barr, without hesitation, said, "Yea, yes, senator".

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. That application was signed by Mr. Rosenstein in 2017 - something that has repeatedly angered Mr. Trump, as Mr. Rosenstein was appointed to his current post by him. An attempt to take down the president. "And we beat them, we beat them", BBC News quoted Donald Trump as saying.

This rule is unlikely to lead to many redactions in the part of the Mueller report dealing with whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice with actions aimed at impeding the inquiry. And you know why we fight back? But one of the things I want to do is pull everything together from the various investigations that have gone on. It was a scam.

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. We just don't know what they were told.

"What they did was treason, what they did was bad, what they did was against our constitution", Trump said without specifying who he was accusing of treason. "And what they did was treason".

A former federal prosecutor exposed an intractable contradiction in Attorney General William Barr's testimony before Congress.

When Barr said he believed there was "spying" against the Trump campaign he explicitly compared that to spying on civil rights and anti-war activists during the 1960s.

While congressional Democrats have demanded the release of the full report with nothing blacked out, as well as the underlying evidence Mueller collected, Barr has said he will redact four categories of sensitive information. "The question is whether it was adequately predicated. The question is whether it was adequately predicated".

Barr said, "I felt I should state bottom-line conclusions, and I tried to use special counsel Mueller's own language in doing that". He later said he wasn't sure there had been improper surveillance but wanted to make sure proper procedures were followed. Barr has circulated the legislation to the Department of Justice for review and comment.

He replied: "No, they were not".

'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.



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