USA attorney general: Federal Bureau of Investigation 'spied' on Trump campaign

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Trump is attempting to divert attention from any potentially embarrassing revelations about his own activities to a full-frontal attack on what he says was the illegal launching of the probe in the first place.

During a Senate hearing Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr said he believed "spying" by federal intelligence agencies on the Trump campaign "did occur".

Barr's characterization appears to confirm that the campaign was indeed spied upon.

Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, Barr said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe.

The investigation cleared him and his aides of collusion, making no determination on whether they had tried to obstruct justice. "This was an attempted coup". This was an attempted take-down of a president. He says he's looking forward to explaining his reasoning after he releases a redacted version of Mueller's 400-page report in the coming days. It was a scam.

"He is not the attorney general of Donald Trump".

"He's doing a great job, getting started on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started".

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Trump and Republicans have sought to exploit the tailwind they feel they got last month from Barr's summary about Mueller's findings. "What they did was treason, what they did was bad, what they did was against our constitution".

The news of the attorney general's review comes several weeks after Mueller announced the completion of his wide-ranging investigation into the 2016 election. "You're not suggesting that spying occurred?" said Shaheen.

"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal", he said. "The question is whether it was adequately predicated". "I am not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it's important to look at them". "I think there was probably a failure among a group of leaders there at the upper echelons".

"The bipartisan, commonsense bill ensures the federal government will respect the will of the voters - whether that is legalization or prohibition - and not interfere in any states' legal marijuana industry", Gardner said in a statement Wednesday.

Trump has long accused the administration of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, of spying on his campaign. He and his allies call it presidential harassment. The FBI relied on the notorious Steele dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

He replied: "No, they were not". Yes, I think spying did occur.

Rather, he said, the probe began with information about a conversation that a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser - known to be George Papadopoulos - "had with an individual in London about stolen emails that the Russians had that would be harmful to Hillary Clinton".

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