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Attorney general says 'spying on a political campaign is a big deal'

13 April 2019

But in not answering some of the more pointed questions asked by House Democrats, Barr did reveal some important information that moves our understanding of not only the Mueller report but of his handling of it.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also would be eligible, Barr said, and the attorney general announced something else likely to please Graham, too: another forthcoming report about investigators' use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the Russian Federation investigation.

"I don't intend at this stage to send the full unredacted report to the committee", Barr said in response to questions from Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Graves about whether leaking the full, unredacted report by a member of Congress would be a crime. Moreover, while Mueller did not reach a conclusion as to whether Trump obstructed justice, Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined that the president did not.

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"They're operating from a contrived conspiracy borne and supported by fake news, and they can't give it up for whatever reasons", Limbaugh said.

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. And Democrats immediately called for Mueller to testify and for his entire 400-page report to be released.

Barr, who was nominated to his post by Trump four months ago, was asked about spying by Republican Sen.

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While the president unleashed his personal grievances, his team seized on any exculpatory information in Barr's letter, hoping to swiftly define the conversation, according to six White House officials and outside advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss private deliberations. Which means that Barr didn't want to say the President is wrong - which he is, at least on the question of obstruction - in a public setting. He said that the letter may have been read to them, but they did not get a hard copy of it. "And the first impression of the Mueller report was very good for Trump". I've already promised the Judiciary Committees that I would appear as soon as they're able to schedule a hearing after the report is released. "I'm not going to say anything more about it until the report is out and even has a chance to look at it".

The attorney general also said the door appears open to more investigations or reports about the conduct of the Russian Federation investigation - music to the ears of Republicans who have followed the lead of President Trump in calling it a "witch hunt" or suggesting it's the product of a conspiracy by the FBI and the Justice Department.

Trump's GOP allies in Congress are also hedging their bets by continuing to cast doubt on the origins of Mueller's investigation.

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"Time really is of the essence", he said.

Attorney general says 'spying on a political campaign is a big deal'