"Personally, I would still favor one uniform federal rule against marijuana", Barr said during the hearing Wednesday.
The White House and Republicans have long argued that an alleged anti-Trump bias at the DOJ and FBI, as well as the "Steele Dossier", a salacious report compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele that alleges collusion between the president's campaign and Russian Federation, spurred federal investigations into Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 election.
"I think spying did occur", Barr said.
"I think it's important to look at that..."
"Congress is usually concerned about intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane and I want to make sure that happened", he said.
Asked if he believed the Mueller probe was a witch hunt, Barr would only say: "It really depends where you are sitting".
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. Barr also said, in response to questions by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), that the redacted version of the Mueller report that Congress would see would be the same one that the public sees.
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"This is not launching an investigation of the FBI", he added. "A lot of this has already been investigated, a substantial portion of it has been investigated and is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General at the department", he said.
Attorney General William Barr, however, chose to not echo the president while he was delivering testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
Though he said the document will be redacted to withhold negative information about peripheral figures in the investigation, he said that would not apply to Trump, who is an officeholder and central to the probe.
Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Barr said the legislation is still being reviewed by his office but that he would "much rather. the approach taken by the STATES Act than where we now are". Barr said he can't do that, but did promise senators more access to the investigation when it comes to the grand jury material.
Mr Barr praised the "outstanding" Federal Bureau of Investigation as a whole, but told the panel: "I think there was probably a failure among the group of leaders".
It's not entirely clear what spying Barr is specifically referring to. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told Barr at the hearing, noting that the ACA has a severability clause that enables pieces of it to be removed without the entire law falling. The FBI relied on the notorious Steele dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC).