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Donald Trump says he has not seen full Russian Federation collusion report

Donald Trump says he has not seen full Russian Federation collusion report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she doesn't trust Attorney General William Barr and suggested his statements alleging President Donald Trump's campaign was spied on undermine Barr's independence as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

"I think spying did occur", said the attorney general.

"I think spying did occur", Barr told a Senate Appropriations panel on Wednesday. Generation I grew up in, which was the Vietnam War period, people were all concerned, you know, about spying on anti-war people and so forth, by the government.

I think spying did occur. Barr testified before lawmakers that he thinks "there was spying" on the Trump campaign and he defined spying as "unauthorized surveillance".

A separate investigation is being conducted by the Justice Department inspector general into the early days of the FBI's Russian Federation probe, which Barr said he expects to conclude sometime around May or June. Barr said on Wednesday he intends to send the Mueller report to Congress next week.

The Mueller investigation has just wrapped up and, although the US Congress and the public have not yet seen the resulting report, Barr issued his own summary that said Mueller had not found collusion.

"This is not launching an investigation of the FBI", he added. 'There is a hunger for that to happen in this country like nothing I've ever seen before, including all of the millions of people that voted for me'.

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.

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Watch Barr's explosive testimony above.

President Trump continued to blast the investigation as an "attempted coup" and an act of treason.

Later, Barr said he would prefer that approach "than where we are now", which he characterized as an "intolerable" situation because of the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws.

Barr said he is reviewing his department's actions in investigating Trump.

Barr's reference to "spying" may refer to a secret surveillance warrant that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained in the fall of 2016 to monitor the communications of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, who has not been charged with any wrongdoing and has denied being a Russian spy.

"It's entirely possible that Barr will surprise us by redacting very little", Schiff conceded.

Barr toned down his phrasing as the Senate hearing progressed.

At least some of the information that underpinned the request came from a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, who also was the author of the infamous Russian Federation dossier. The dossier was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and the campaign of Trump's opponent in the election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.