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The comment came as Maryland Sen.

Shaheen asked Barr why he thought this was necessary. Barr summarized that assessment in a letter to Congress March 24.

Asked by Democratic Sen. What he has, he said, are "questions about it". But as of today, Barr wouldn't answer whether the White House has or would see the report prior to its release.

Barr had said in his confirmation hearing that he wouldn't go after marijuana businesses that rely on the Cole Memo.

"It's unclear to me what Barr was referring to", Schiff said. He said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday that in addition to repealing this particular ban, the bill would narrow presidential powers to implement similar measures in the future.

And while Barr gave Trump the headlines he craved, he continues to keep the report secret.

Indeed, Barr even said the Justice Department would be examining the genesis of the Russian Federation probe.

While Mr Trump was flying off to Texas, America's top law official was appearing before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Barr says it was his responsibility as attorney general to make the call.

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But that was before Barr released his four-page analysis of Mueller's report, which said the president was not exonerated by the special counsel. The CIA used at least one informer to collect information about it.

Barr's office is working with Mueller's team to redact it.

"I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016", Barr said Wednesday. "But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated", Barr said. Then FBI agent Peter Strzok, who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, responded by saying, "No, no".

Barr wants to review if the threshold for initiating a counterintelligence probe should be adjusted.

Barr said he isn't "putting a panel together" and the effort may not result in a criminal investigation or the finding of a crime.

The comments, confirming a report by Bloomberg News, indicate that Barr is looking into allegations that Republican lawmakers have been pursuing for more than a year - that the investigation into President Donald Trump and possible collusion with Russian Federation was tainted at the start by anti-Trump bias in the FBI and Justice Department. The president did not name them but has previously blamed Justice Department officials and former FBI Director James Comey. The FBI had placed confidential informants in direct contact with members of the campaign, according to reports. Barr also said Tuesday he will release a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's full report next week.

The spying continued well into Trump's presidency as the FISA on Carter Page was renewed three times for 90-day periods. He did not rule on obstruction of justice, though Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ruled Trump did not.

The US attorney general William Barr made an explosive declaration in Washington on Wednesday that he believed there was "spying" under Barack Obama's administration on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. Page had left the campaign, but could reasonably be expected still to communicate with it.