Rep. Jerrold Nadler said Wednesday Attorney General William P. Barr telling the Senate he believed the Justice Department spied on then-candidate President Trump’s campaign was “directly contradicted” by previous intel.
Mr. Barr said during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing he thought “spying did occur,” telling the Senate, “The question is whether it was adequately predicated.”
The attorney general later clarified when asked about the basis for his suspicions.
“OK. I am concerned about it, and I was asked about whether there was any basis for it. I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I’m not going to discuss the basis.”
The hearing centered largely around the unreleased report by special counsel Robert Mueller into 2016 election interference, which Mr. Barr said Tuesday he would release “within a week.”
Mr. Nadler, chairman of the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee, led a vote last Wednesday giving themselves the ability to issue subpoenas for not only the full Mueller report but the special counsel’s entire investigation.