Attorney General General William Barr Discusses Spying on Trump Campaign (C-Span)

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While testifying before the Senate, Attorney General William Barr says he’ll review the genesis and conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump presidential campaign.

Attorney General William Barr testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the president’s 2020 budget request for the Justice Department. Like a similar House Appropriations subcommittee hearing held the day prior, many of the lawmakers’ questions were on the pending release of the Mueller report, and Mr. Barr reiterated his guidelines for redacting the document before its public distribution. He was also asked about Justice Department programs aimed at enforcing violence against women and his department’s decision to not defend parts of the Affordable Care Act in federal court cases. He was also asked to clarify the federal government’s role in enforcing drug laws in states that had legalized medical and recreational marijuana.

Attorney General William Barr: “I think spying did occur, but the question is whether it was adequately predicated.” At the end of the hearing, Barr makes a clarification. “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it. That’s all. Full video on C-SPAN …

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