WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC News) – Attorney General William Barr said Wednesday he believes “spying” against President Trump’s 2016 campaign occurred, but he has no evidence to support his claim.
Barr made the comments during testimony before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee.
“I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it’s important to look at that. I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly,” he said.
Ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., then asked, “You’re not suggesting that spying occurred?”
Barr paused for several seconds and replied, “I think spying did occur,” though he didn’t elaborate.
Barr said he feels he has an obligation to make sure government power isn’t abused, but went on to say he is not investigating the FBI.
The testimony came shortly after President Trump described the actions of top FBI officials as “an attempted coup.”
Speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for Texas, Mr. Trump said that he is “most interested” in Barr’s promised review of the FBI’s conduct during the probe saying “what they did was “treason.”
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