Attorney General William Barr expressed his concerns over the origins of the federal investigation into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia — and he’s warning all Americans they “should be worried” too.
Speaking with Fox News in an interview that aired on Friday morning, Barr noted that he’s been receiving “inadequate” answers on the investigation’s beginning.
“I’ve been trying to get answers to the questions, and I’ve found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I’ve gotten don’t hang together, in a sense I have more questions today than I did when I first started,” he said.
He then pointed out that those who were worried about collusion and Russian interference in our election should also be worried about Department of Justice officials abusing their power.
People have to find out what the government was doing during that period. If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale. I’m not saying that happened but I’m saying we have to look at that.
FOX NEWS: You said back in April that you thought there was spying going on in the Trump campaign. When do you think that started?
AG BILL BARR: I'm not going to speculate when it started. We're going to find out when it started… the explanations don't hang together. pic.twitter.com/ZISRdlo7ZL
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 17, 2019
Barr’s comments come after he said during a congressional testimony that “spying” occurred on the Trump campaign, but later rephrased his wording, as IJR News noted. The attorney general, however, later appointed a U.S. attorney in Connecticut to investigate the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.
Republicans in Congress, along with President Trump himself, have long argued that the investigation stemmed from the unverified Steele dossier and questioned both the legality of the FISA warrant issued to surveil campaign aide Carter Page and the Obama administration’s involvement in the ordeal.
As IJR Red reported, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) praised Barr’s move to get to the bottom of the Russia probe’s origins, saying, “Let’s go restore the integrity of the good work and the men and women of the FBI and the job they do for our country.”