Testifying in front of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee Wednesday morning, Attorney General Bill Barr said he believes spying did occur during the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump's campaign.
"I think spying did occur," Barr said. "I'm not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly," Barr said.
"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. I'm not suggesting those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at that," he continued. "The question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated, and I'm not suggesting it wasn't adequately predicated, but I need to explore that."
Late Tuesday evening, news broke that Barr has assembled a team at the Justice Department to look into allegations of FISA abuse, spying for political purposes and the basis for which the Special Counsel investigation into the 2016 election was launched.
Attorney General Bill Barr says spying on the Trump campaign "did occur." But the question, he says, was it "adequately predicated?" He's conducting an investigation to find out. https://t.co/Zi823UT9w2 pic.twitter.com/qe5SJ6UaNT— Justin Fishel (@JustinFishelABC) April 10, 2019