Friday, May 3, 2019

AG Barr Does Not Back Down from Claim Obama DOJ Spied on Trump: ‘It’s a Good English Word’

Attorney General William Barr stood by his use of the word “spying” in relation to the surveillance activities directed against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 when questioned about it before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Last month, while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Barr said, “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”
Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire followed up during the April 10 hearing, seeking to confirm the attorney general really believed the FBI spied on the Trump team.
“I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated,” Barr answered.
“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,'” Barr replied. “My first job was in CIA, and I don’t think the word spying has any pejorative connotation at all. To me, the question is always whether or not it’s authorized and adequately predicated spying.
“I think ‘spying’ is a good English word that in fact doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collections. So I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying.'”
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