Rep. Jerry Nadler Says AG Barr’s Claims About Spying on Trump Campaign ‘Directly Contradict’ Previous DOJ Comments
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, pushed back against Attorney General William Barr saying he is concerned the Department of Justice spied on then-candidate Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.
“I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur,” Barr told Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).
In response, Nadler said Barr’s comments were “directly contradict what DOJ previously told us”:
These comments directly contradict what DOJ previously told us. I’ve asked DOJ to brief us immediately. In the meantime, the AG still owes us the full Mueller report. #ReleaseTheReport https://t.co/DFOP5igcnO
— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) April 10, 2019
Barr later clarified what he meant in the early afternoon.
“You indicated––I tried to at least reflect on what your quote was, that you thought spying on a political campaign occurred in the course of an intelligence agency’s investigation into Russian interference in 2016,” Senator Jerry Moran (R- KS) said.
“I thought the question was did I have any basis for saying that,” Barr replied.
“And I’m now asking what the basis is or what the facts are that lead you to that thought,” Moran asked.
“Okay. I felt — I am concerned about it, and I was asked about whether there was any basis for it,” Barr explained. “I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I’m not going to discuss the basis.”
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