President Donald Trump said Thursday that he & # 39; absolutely & # 39; believes the US government & # 39; illegal & # 39; has been spying on his campaign for 2016.
Attorney General Bill Barr brought the unfounded claims back to the forefront when he testified this week that the United States may have spied Trump & # 39 ;. He told senators that he has a & # 39; basic & # 39; had faith that he would not discuss.
Trump broke the remark during an Oval Office with the president of South Korea.
& # 39; Yes, I think what he said was absolutely true, and there was definitely a spying on my campaign. I go one step further, in my opinion it was illegal espionage, unprecedented espionage and something that should never happen in our country, & he said.
President Donald Trump said Thursday during an Oval Office meeting with the South Korean president that he & # 39; absolutely & # 39; believes the US government & # 39; illegal & # 39; has been spying on his 2016 campaign
Trump told reporters in his first response to the testimony that Barr's answer was actually a very correct one when it comes to the alleged espionage during the Obama administration.
& # 39; Many people understand, many, many people understand the situation and want to be open to that situation & # 39 ;, said the incumbent president. & # 39; Hard to believe it could have happened, but it did. My campaign was spy and his answer was very accurate. & # 39;
Attorney General Bill Barr said there was & # 39; espionage & # 39; in the US was against President Trump's campaign in 2016, on Wednesday senators told it a & # 39; big deal & # 39; was when he announced that he would put together a team to review the investigative behavior during the elections.
& # 39; I think espionage has taken place & # 39 ;, Barr said at a hearing in the Senate in response to a question from the Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen from New Hampshire.
Although he was not specific about what he meant by espionage, Barr mentioned the intelligence community.
He spoke shortly after President Trump complained about a & # 39; coup attempt & # 39; against him, who & # 39; betrayal & # 39; and the Mueller investigation as & # 39; illegal & # 39; accused – as he called to look back at how it all started.
Trump has repeatedly demanded an investigation into what he regards as misconduct by the FBI and the government during the issue of Russia.
In this photo taken on January 15, 2019, William Barr, then attorney general's attorney, testifies at a hearing of the Senate Judicial Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
After using the term & # 39; espionage & # 39; – who also called on Trump, Barr said: & # 39; But the question is whether it has been sufficiently dictated and I do not suggest that it is not well founded. & # 39;
& # 39; I am not suggesting that those rules have been violated, but I think it is important to look at them. And I am not talking about the FBI, but more about intelligence services, & he continued. He later praised FBI director Christopher Wray.
& # 39; I think spying on a political campaign is a big problem – it's a big problem, & # 39; said Barr.
& # 39; The generation I grew up in, the Vietnam war period, people were all worried about spying on anti-war people and so on by the government. And many rules have been put in place to ensure that there is a sufficient basis for our law enforcement agencies to become involved in political oversight, he added.
Barr's comments came after President Trump delivered one of his distinctive statements against Mueller's probe.
& # 39; This was an attempted coup. An attempt to bring down the president. And we beat them, & # 39; Trump told reporters when he left the White House for a collection of money in Texas.
President Donald Trump burst out on Wednesday with figures from the Ministry of Justice who, according to him, a & # 39; coup d'etat & # 39; on his government through special counsel Robert Mueller & # 39; s & # 39; illegal & # 39; Russian probe
Mueller presented his latest report to Attorney General William Barr, who told congress leaders that he intends to correct sensitive areas that are not legally permitted to be made public and then release the result within a few days
& # 39; I knew how illegal this whole thing was. It was a scam, & said Trump.
& # 39; What I am most interested in is to begin … to go back to the origin of where this all started, & # 39; the president continued and reiterated his call for an investigation into the origin of the Russian probe.
& # 39; Because this was an illegal witch hunt and everyone knew it, and they knew it, and they were caught. & # 39;
& # 39; What they did was betrayal. What they did was terrible. What they did was against our constitution and everything that we stand for, & said Trump.
& # 39; I think espionage has taken place & # 39 ;, Barr said Wednesday
Activists take part in a rally & # 39; Release the Report & # 39; on Times Square, April 4, 2019 in New York City. Barr said he would hopefully release a published report next week
House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerold Nadler said that the comments from Barr & # 39; directly contradicted & # 39; with what the agency has said in the past
& # 39; Hopefully that will happen, & # 39; said Trump. & # 39; Hunger for something happening in this country like anything I've ever seen before, including all the millions of people who voted for me. & # 39;
At Wednesday's hearing, Barr responded to a question about news reports that he had a special team to see why the FBI opened a special investigation into Trump during the 2016 campaign.
The origin of the probe is dated when the FBI learned that Trump, foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, had told an Australian diplomat about potions that the Russians had obtained information about Democrat Hillary Clinton. Republicans including Trump have also destroyed the first supervision that a judge had approved to control former Trump adviser Carter Page. They say the order was influenced by the file & # 39; golden showers & # 39; compiled by the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
& # 39; As I said in my confirmation hearing, I will review both the genesis and behavior of intelligence activities focused on the Trump campaign in 2016, & # 39; said Barr.
& # 39; And much of it has already been investigated and a substantial part of it has been investigated and is currently being investigated by the Office of Inspector General [Justice] Department. But one of the things I want to do is gather all the information from the different investigations that have been conducted, including on the hill and in the department, and see if there are any questions that can be addressed, & he said.
On Tuesday, while questioning at the House, Barr revealed that he was reviewing the behavior of the FBI during the campaign.
At the end of Wednesday's hearing, Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas asked Barr what his reason was for saying that espionage was taking place.
& # 39; I'm worried about it and asked if there was a basis for it, and I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I'm not going to discuss the basis, & # 39; he said.
WHO ARE THE PLOTTERS OF & # 39; DIRTY COPS & # 39; AND & # 39; COUP & # 39; ON THE ENLIST OF TRUMP?
President Donald Trump has stated that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe is a & # 39; illegal & # 39; political fishing expedition was meant to tear him away from the government's satan in a bloodless & # 39; coup & # 39 ;.
Trump has described the Mueller team as a pack of & # 39; angry democrats & # 39; and & # 39; filthy agents & # 39 ;. Here are some of the goals he hopes that Attorney General William Barr will change the investigative powers of the Justice Department to determine how the & # 39; witch hunt & # 39; has started and finished.
James Comey, former FBI director
Comey celebrity orchestrated press leaks of information from memos he wrote after his private meetings with President Trump, hoping that they would lead to a special probe board. Trump quoted Comey & # 39; s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe and his sudden release from her in the middle of the presidential campaign, when he dismissed him for only four months in his presidency. Comey also led the FBI when it opened a counterintelligence investigation of Trump campaign assistants and agents were officially approved for a surveillance order with Carter Page, foreign policy adviser.
Loretta Lynch, former Attorney General
Lynch was President Barack Obama's second Attorney General. She led the Justice Department through the 2016 campaign, including the months when Trump & # 39; s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was criticized for misrepresenting classified material on the private email server she used when she was Foreign Minister . Lynch met former mysterious President Bill Clinton on an airport asphalt for a mysterious and still unexplained conversation, just a week before Comey Hillary released Clinton publicly. Trump has long suspected that she was Obama & # 39; s thumb on the scales of justice.
Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI
McCabe & # 39; s position at the top of the FBI gave him a crucial role to play in both the Mueller Russia probe and the Clinton e-mail inquiry. He became a top Trump target as Mueller's probe evolved and the president then ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire him shortly after his announced retirement, and to refuse him his retirement benefits. Trump saw McCabe as a defender of James Comey after firing Comey. McCabe was eventually fired for lying to investigators about his decision to allow secret talks between FBI employees and The Wall Street Journal. The resulting articles described tensions within the FBI about his investigations from Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
Bruce Ohr, official of the Ministry of Justice
Ohr is a senior official of the Ministry of Justice who has developed expertise in Russia and led a task force for organized crime enforcement. He testified that he had contacts with former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, who developed what the infamous & # 39; dirty file & # 39; became lusty but unproven Trump dirt. Ohr has passed anti-Trump research information from his wife Nellie to the FBI.
Nellie Ohr, wife of Bruce Ohr
Mrs. Ohr, an academic with a spceialty about Russia, worked on the Donald Trump project of the political intelligence agency Fusion GPS during the 2016 election season. She testified that her work for the company consisted of investigating ties between Trump-Russia and ties between Moscow and the family members of the president. She later passed on information to her husband Bruce on a thumb disk, which he used in his position at the Ministry of Justice to pass on to the FBI.
Lisa Page, former FBI lawyer
Page exchanged a series of text messages with her beloved, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was very critical of the then-named candidate Donald Trump. She worked on both the email investigation by Hillary Clinton and the Trump Russia survey. The president regularly attacked her online as one of the & # 39; FBI lovers & # 39; which he thought he wanted to catch him. In one of the many humiliating texts, Page Trump called a & # 39; horrible man & # 39 ;. She and Strzok also thought about how to prevent Trump from becoming president.
Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General
Trump hated Rosenstein's rapid response to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel shortly after James Comey's shot from the top of the FBI. The decision fell to Rosenstein because then Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had been the foreign policy advisor of the Trump campaign, completely turned away from everything Russia had to do. Trump opposed calls from a number of Republicans to dismiss Rosenstein, who later agreed with the new AG William Barr's opinion that Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to make a case against Trump for obstruction of the law.
Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS
The Simpson company, Fusion GPS, conducted the investigation that resulted in the & # 39; dirty file & # 39 ;. Fusion started the 2016 campaign under contract from the conservative news center of Washington Free Beacon, whose leaders hoped to harm Donald Trump enough to drive him out of the Republican primary season. Later, the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign Fusion paid roughly a combined sum of $ 9 million to continue the work, with the help of a law firm to move the money. Fusion hired Christopher Steele to do the groundwork, using his ton contacts in Russia as sources.
Peter Strzok, former head of the FBI's counterintelligence department
Strzok was a key figure in the Mueller probe before being reassigned after his text messages with Lisa Page came to light. While the two continue their case, he stated that Trump would never be president because & # 39; we will stop it & # 39 ;. He also described the Mueller probe as a & # 39; insurance policy & # 39; in the event that Trump would somehow win. Strzok was later criticized in a report by the Inspector General for having been able to influence his political prejudices in his job as a criminal investigator.
Andrew Weissmann, department head department criminal fraud of the ministry
Weissman is a detective from the Ministry of Justice and became the main attack dog of Robert Mueller in financial crime cases. He led the DOJ's deep dive into the tax fraud of former president of the Trump campaign Paul Manafort and earned a reputation along the way for pressuring dozens of minor witnesses in his quest to fry larger fish. Weissman was a donor to President Barack Obama & # 39; s presidential campaigns and remains a confidant of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.