Trump Calls 2016 Campaign Spying 'Treason,' Warns Of 'Long Jail Sentences'

House Nancy Pelosi walks behind President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr as they all attend the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill

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In another interview that aired on Fox News this morning, Barr said that "people have to find out what the government was doing during that period", and noted that he's determined to get to the bottom of what happened.

During his October 3, 2018, testimony to the House judiciary and oversight committees, Baker testified about his long-time friendship with Mother Jones reporter David Corn.

"It's part of the usual political circus that's being played out. It doesn't surprise me", the nation's top law enforcement official told host Bill Hemmer during a visit to El Salvador.

In addition to Durham's appointment, we know that former attorney general Jeff Sessions tapped Utah U.S. Attorney John Huber more than a year ago to investigate aspects of the Russia-collusion hoax. Barr did not say who did the spying or who was spied on. "We now know that was simply false", Barr said.

Mueller's report concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election "in sweeping and systematic fashion".

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue said Wednesday night that he is putting together a second round of financial assistance for farmers and ranchers hit by President Trump's trade war with China. The office of Inspector General Michael Horowitz is also conducting an internal review, focusing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance order.

Stefan Halper, a retired professor who has links to the Central Intelligence Agency and MI6, met with Carter Page, a volunteer adviser to Trump's presidential campaign in mid-2016, staying in touch for months afterward trying to glean information. He added, "I can't imagine any world where we wouldn't take a look and make sure that was done properly". After his name hit the press, journalists covering the Spygate scandal quickly realized that Durham was the prosecutor investigating former FBI lawyer James Baker for potential illegal leaks.

Barr told Fox that the initial Russian Federation probe was handled on an "ad hoc approach" by many DOJ and FBI officials that have since left the federal government. A Justice Department inspector general probe is now investigating the issuance of several warrants that involved surveilling members of the Trump campaign, or officials tangentially connected with the campaign.

"I think there were some odd developments during that period, Barr told Hemmer - referring to a "meeting on January 6th between the nation's intelligence chiefs and the president". Even today, we continue to be in need of more answers", Nunes said, adding that he could "take up the whole show" asking questions about the probe.

Barr has provided no details about what "spying" may have taken place but he could be alluding to a surveillance warrant the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained on former Trump associate Carter Page and the FBI's use of an informant while investigating ex-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. "I thought I was in a position where this kind of criticism really wouldn't bother me very much".

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