'I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal - it's a big deal, ' Barr said.
This performance produced headlines everywhere having the Attorney General confirm "spying" against the Trump campaign. The release of the report's summary proved a blow to over two years of allegations by the Clinton campaign, the Democratic Party and "Never-Trump" Republicans claiming that the United States president was a Russian Manchurian candidate who owed his loyalty to the Kremlin.
"The Republican party will soon be known as the party of health care", Trump said two weeks ago. And we beat them. Whatever we learn from the Mueller report, it is abundantly clear there was a strong counter-intelligence rationale for the investigation.
Graham began by asking, "Do you know Lisa Page and Peter Strzok?".
"At the end of the day I felt that this was a defensible legal position to take", Barr reasoned. It was a scam.
'And a lot of this has already been investigated, and a substantial portion of it has been investigated and is being investigated by the Office of Inspector General at the [Justice] Department. "He's a political actor and doing the president's bidding, effectively".
Trump ended his statements by saying the whole thing was also treason, "Because this was an illegal witch hunt, and everybody knew it". We just don't know what they were told.
"Maybe he wasn't listening... but they advised him", Lemon said of the president. "Even for someone who has done this job before, I would argue it's more suspicious than impressive", Lowey said, referring to Barr's first tenure as attorney general in the early 1990s.
Democrats strongly pushed back on Barr's remarks.
"Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana", Barr said during the hearing Wednesday.
"The question is whether it was adequately predicated, and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated", he said. "And we want to make sure that none of the information in the report would impinge upon either the ability of the prosecutors to prosecute the cases, or the fairness to the defendants".
Then Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Chairman Jerry Moran of Kansas had asked Barr to explain the basis for reaching a conclusion that spying or unauthorized surveillance on the Trump campaign was possible.
President Trump and his conservative allies have repeatedly suggested the Obama administration planted a mole in his presidential campaign to undercut his candidacy. By focusing on the privacy rights of "peripheral" third parties, Barr may be signalling he will make an exception to the policy in order to allow information to remain unredacted concerning people who, while not charged with crimes, are central to the probe, potentially including Trump.
He replied: "No, they were not". "I don't, well, I guess you could, I think spying did occur, yes".