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The internal Justice Department review and redaction of the report continue to be a collaboration between the attorney general and the special counsel, and that process has gone smoothly.

(Washington Examiner) Attorney General William Barr has established an investigative team that he intends to use to look into the origins of an FBI counter-intelligence investigation into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Democrats have said they won't accept redactions and will fight to get the full report. Two years later, Mueller's report concluded that Trump did not collude with Russian Federation.

Barr told representatives that the Justice Department is now wrapping up an investigation into whether the FBI misused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to wiretap Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The investigation cleared him and his aides of collusion, making no determination on whether they had tried to obstruct justice.

President Trump continued to blast the investigation as an "attempted coup" and an act of treason. An attempt to take down the president. And we beat them.

But Barr later backed down from these apparently eye-popping claims, saying: "I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred". And do you know why we fight back? It was a scam.

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And it appears that this is what Attorney General William Barr is doing.

Trump has maintained since the Mueller probe was launched in May 2017 that he was the target of an "illegal witch hunt". And they knew it too. Chris Coons (D-Del.), backed by a host of other Democratic members of Congress, filed legislation that, if passed, would end Trump's executive order, which banned travelers to the United States from five Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. He added: "I need to explore that".

She said, "I don't trust Barr". "But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I am not suggesting that it wasn't adequately predicated".

Mr Barr praised the "outstanding" Federal Bureau of Investigation as a whole, but told the panel: "I think there was probably a failure among the group of leaders". I assume that when Barr spoke of exploring whether the spying on the Trump campaign was "adequately predicated", he was referring at least in part to the reasons presented to the FISA court for authorizing electronic surveillance of Page.

Supporters of the probe insist that USA officials were acting appropriately and in the public interest by investigating claims over the Trump campaign's engagements with Russian-linked figures.

Congressional Republicans - and the president - have alleged that officials improperly relied on that dossier to obtain a secret warrant to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.


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