ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday at a Senate hearing that he didn't think he 'personally' had any evidence that illegal surveillance by the FBI occurred into Trump's 2016 campaign, which Trump has said.
Last Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said that DOJ staff is 'helping' him review activities during the summer of 2016 after Republican Sen.
Chuck Grassley asked if the DOJ was looking into possible spying by the FBI or other agencies on the Trump campaign.
Committee Republicans did not focus on Trump's conduct at Barr's hearing but rather on what they saw as the FBI's improper surveillance during the election of Trump aides they suspected of being Russian agents, as well as on the Kremlin's election meddling.
To that end, Barr defended his accusation in a previous congressional hearing this month that American intelligence agencies engaged in "spying" on Trump campaign figures amid worries over their contacts with Russia.
He said "spying" is "a good English word" without a pejorative meaning and that he would not back off his language, which echoed Trump's complaints that the Justice Department had engaged in wrongdoing toward his campaign.