As Serrano pointed out, Barr portrayed his four-page letter as a reasonable summary of Mueller's findings, but the New York Times reports that members of Mueller's team are complaining that Barr "failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated".
In an interview with The Associated Press, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she didn't trust Barr and suggested his statements undermined his credibility as America's chief law enforcement officer. Barr anticipated referrals from House intelligence committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-California), but denied having yet seen the referrals. A source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Barr will be examining the conduct of both the FBI and the Department of Justice for the possibility their "collusion" investigations were motivated by "anti-Trump bias".
Democrats also pressed Barr about redactions related to grand jury proceedings.
Attorney General William Barr has assembled a "team" to investigate the origins of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, an administration official briefed on the situation told Fox News on Tuesday.
Barr said he did not attempt to summarize the special counsel's report because to do so would simply trigger criticism of being under inclusive or over inclusive.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox Business Network that "people were wiretapped".
Trump himself, who has repeatedly called the investigation of his campaign a "witch hunt", said on Wednesday, "It was started illegally". Everything about it was crooked. Every single thing about it. "There were dirty cops". Of course, the news of the impending release of the report did not satisfy all congressional Democrats.
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Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen asked him directly if he believed spying on the campaign occurred, and he said, "Yes I think spying did occur". Yes, I think spying did occur.
"I presume we're going to get the redacted report within a week", Nadler said Tuesday.
Asked again about spying at the end of the hearing, Barr tempered his tone. "I am not saying improper surveillance occurred".
For almost as long as the Democrats have been telling us that Trump colluded with Russians to steal the 2016 election, they've also been telling us that the president and his supporters were delusional for believing that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and USA intelligence agencies improperly surveilled the Trump Campaign. The warrant was obtained after Page had left the campaign and was renewed several times.
That warrant included a reference to research that was conducted by an ex-British spy who was funded by Democrats to look into Trump's ties to Russian Federation.
Barr's statement Wednesday that he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week marked a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be within a week. Not only will the redactions be color-coded according to which of Barr's previously-stated four categories of withheld information they happen to fall into, but Barr also said he plans to provide explanatory documentation justifying each redaction.
He has said that he did not intend for his four-page summary of Mueller's main conclusions to be an "exhaustive recounting" of his work and that he could not immediately release the entire report because it included grand jury material and other sensitive information that needed to be redacted.
William Barr, 68, appeared on Capitol Hill yesterday to talk about budget matters but faced complaints about his letter of March 24 in which he said that the special counsel Robert Mueller had cleared the Trump presidential campaign of conspiring with Russian Federation, and that there was evidence both for and against obstruction of justice.