Barr Forms Team to Probe Possible FBI Abuses In Trump-Russia Investigation

Jeffrey Rosen is President Trump’s nominee to be the next deputy attorney general

Jeffrey Rosen is President Trump’s nominee to be the next deputy attorney general

Earlier, the attorney general released a summary of FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race, clearing the president and his staff of any Russia-related criminal activity.

The Mueller report was submitted to the United States attorney general last month and the investigation did not find proof that Donald Trump colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 elections in the U.S. Also, there was no evidence that the White House obstructed justice during the investigation.

What did the attorney general say?

During Wednesday's hearing before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, Barr said he was "not saying improper surveillance occurred" and was looking into the matter. So do you feel like it carries more weight now when it comes from the attorney general?

Barr also said he expected to release a redacted version of Mueller's almost 400-page report next week - possibly a slight change from the estimate he gave Tuesday, when he said the release would be "within a week".

And the senator asked, "Are you going to be in a position to defend the law" now that DOJ is against it?

BRIAN SCHATZ: I think the word spying could cause everybody in the cable news ecosystem to freak out.

"AG Barr must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up", Schumer added. Instead, Mueller presented evidence on both sides of the obstruction question, but Barr said he did not believe the evidence was sufficient to prove that Trump had obstructed justice.

If I had a 400-page contract for you to sign, but would only provide you with a four-page synopsis of it to read, would you trust me and sign it? A little while ago, he talked about the subject of spying on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. "It increasingly looks like he is doing the president's dirty work here and that is exactly the job Trump wants everybody in this administration to do".

Barr said he doesn't have any specific evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other USA intelligence agencies did anything wrong, but he does have concerns about how all of this went down.

Trump, who has previously raised the spying allegation without presenting any evidence, said on April 10 that the investigation into possible links between his campaign team and Russian Federation was an "attempted coup", and "an attempted takedown of a president".

He is likely to be asked to further explain himself at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, though it's unclear how much more he will say. What they did was against our Constitution and everything we stand for, ' Trump said.

Barr told Congress on Tuesday that he is "reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016".