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Ex-DNI chief: 'Stunning and scary' that Barr would raise spying allegation

16 April 2019

"After wasting all of that money and all of that time, people who were absolutely haters of Trump found no collusion", he said.

Donald Trump, the President of the U.S. The investigation cleared the USA president and his aides of collusion with the Russians.

"The Republican party will soon be known as the party of health care", Trump said two weeks ago. This was an attempted take-down of a president. And we beat them, ' Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a Texas fundraiser. "In the meantime, the AG still owes us the full Mueller report".

Graham began by asking, "Do you know Lisa Page and Peter Strzok?". "Because I know how illegal this whole thing was; it was a scam", he said. It was a scam. So do you feel like it carries more weight now when it comes from the attorney general?

"He's doing a great job, getting started on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started. The problem right now he is at a point in time where people are watching him, they have got questions about him", he said.

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"What they did was treason, what they did was awful, what they did was against our Constitution", the POTUS said.

The party's Senate leader, Chuck Schumer, said: "Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General".

Barr told the committee that he would review all the intelligence activities directed at Trump's 2016 campaign.

"I think spying did occur", Barr said.

Barr was testifying for a second day at a congressional budget hearing that was dominated by questions about Special Counsel Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation.

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Lemon then questioned why Trump has taken a victory lap over the Mueller Report despite not seeing it, suggesting the president has "reason to fear what's coming".

He added: "I feel I have an obligation to make sure government power is not abused". Instead, Mueller presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question, but Barr said he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice.

So just before the hearing ended, Barr seemed to realize that maybe he had created a mess he needed to clean up, one that dealt with one of the most contentious and inflammatory subjects in politics during the Trump administration.

He replied: "No, they were not".

"I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred".

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"Trying to understand were the Russians infiltrating, trying to gain access, trying to gain leverage and influence which is what they do". The FBI and Department of Justice, however, relied on information other than Mr. Steele's dossier in launching its July 2016 investigation into Mr. Trump's key associates, citing a meeting that George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign volunteer who pled guilty during the course of the special counsel's investigation to lying to the FBI, had with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic at a bar in London.

Ex-DNI chief: 'Stunning and scary' that Barr would raise spying allegation