During an appearance on CNN this week, former National Security director James Clapper finally admitted what the rest of us already knew.
When pressed on the issue of the Obama administration’s actions against the Trump campaign, Clapper said it met the “dictionary definition” of spying.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Clapper: What Obama Admin. FBI Did to Trump Campaign ‘Meets the Dictionary Definition of Spying’
James Clapper, a CNN contributor and former Director of National Intelligence, admitted last Friday that what the Obama administration did to the Trump campaign “meets the dictionary definition of spying.”
Clapper, who served as the DNI during the Obama administration, appeared on CNN’s Situation Room to discuss new revelations that the FBI sent an undercover agent to meet with George Papadopoulos in London in 2016, backtracking from his prior comments about there not being any spying.
“Was it spying?”asked host Wolf Blitzer.
“Well, yeah I guess it meets the dictionary definition of spying—surveillance or spying, a term I don’t particularly like,” Clapper said. “It’s not a term used by intelligence people. It has a negative connotation, a rogue operation, out of control, not in compliance of the law, and that’s not the case at all.”
Watch the video:
When it comes to the issue of spying, journalist Byron York says there is no question it occurred.
He writes at the Washington Examiner:
No question there was spying on Trump campaign, but how much?
At a contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr dropped a big hint about his investigation into the conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation.
“Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant and a FISA warrant,” Barr said. “I would like to find out whether that is in fact true. It strikes me as a fairly anemic effort if that was the counterintelligence effort designed to stop the threat as it is being represented.”
Here is what he meant. There has been a lot of discussion on the Right about the FBI’s use of a confidential informant, an England-based college professor named Stefan Halper, to spy on some Trump campaign figures, including the sometime foreign policy volunteer advisers George Papadopoulos and Carter Page. There has also been talk about the FBI’s use of a FISA warrant, a court-approved permission to wiretap, against Page.
The question now is, who will be held responsible?