Senate Democrats threw a televised temper tantrum over Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday. One of the issues that came up was Barr’s use of the word “spying” which some Democrats suddenly think is inappropriate.
Barr Schools Deranged Dems on the Term “Spying”…Again
Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse attempted to shame Attorney General Bill Barr during testimony on Wednesday morning for using the term “spying” to describe FBI actions against the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. It didn’t work.
“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word spying. My first job was in the CIA and I don’t think the word spying as any pejorative connotation at all. To me the question is always whether or not it’s authorized and adequately predicated, spying.
I think spying a good English word that in fact doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating all forms of covert intelligence collection so I’m not going to back off the word spying,” Barr said, adding he uses the term frequently.
“Frankly we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a few weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activity,” Barr continued. “It’s commonly used by me.”
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Attorney General Barr says criticism of his use of the word "spying" to describe investigative activity is "faux outrage." pic.twitter.com/HruomLYQ0B
— Josh Campbell (@joshscampbell) May 1, 2019
This is all about Barr’s claim in April that the Trump campaign was spied on.
The Associated Press reported at the time:
Barr says ‘I think spying did occur’ against Trump campaign
Attorney General William Barr declared Wednesday he thinks “spying did occur” against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled in remarks that aligned him with the president at a time when Barr’s independence is under scrutiny.
Barr, appearing before a Senate panel, did not say what “spying” may have taken place but seemed to be alluding to a surveillance warrant the FBI obtained on a former Trump associate.
He later said he wasn’t sure there had been improper surveillance but wanted to make sure proper procedures were followed. Still, his remarks give a boost to Trump and his supporters who insist his 2016 campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI.
Democrats are in a panic because their meddling in the 2016 election is about to be exposed.
Their overreaction to everything after the Mueller report is very telling.