On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr told Congress he thought then-candidate Donald Trump‘s campaign was spied on by the previous Department of Justice, under the Obama Administration. He said: “I think spying did occur. The question was whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting it wasn’t predicated. I need to explore that.”
It was an honest moment, and I think even though Democrats weren’t happy with that answer, Barr backed up what many common-sense Americans were thinking.
Some media outlets are trying to say Barr walked back his statement about possible spying on the Trump campaign, but he did not. He didn’t “soften” anything. He was asked to rephrase what he said so as not to create too much hype, so he called it “unauthorized surveillance” of a Presidential candidate. We all know what he is referring to and some people will probably be going to jail over it.
“Spying” or “improper surveillance occurred” does not matter how you word it. This is against the law, and finally, someone is going to account for it.
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr said during testimony before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee.
“Spying” is a pejorative term not normally used to describe domestic counterintelligence investigations.
But when pressed later, Barr clarified his language, saying that he does not necessarily believe any “improper surveillance occurred.”
“I am saying that I am concerned about it and I’m looking into it,” he said. “I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance.”
Earlier, Barr’s assertion about the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign seemed to prejudge his own review of the probe. [Yahoo News]
Barr offered a semantic alternative, but he unequivocally said spying occurred. He didn’t know if it was legally justified or illegal overreach spying! That’s why he’s looking into it!
What I want to know is, at the very start of this, when US intelligence first learned that Russians were trying to contact Trump people, why did they not tell Trump? That is what is normal in that situation. As was brought up in this hearing, when they learned that Sen. Diane Feinstein had a Chinese spy on her staff they did not secretly spy on her hoping to catch her doing something wrong, they told her about it.
There is no doubt spying occurred. The question is whether it was legal or not. If they got FISA warrants based on the dossier, then some people will have LOTS of explaining to do! And I suspect, a lot of people are going to take the 5th or suddenly not remember!
Are the Dems ready for the consequences of their “investigation” into collusion which was only started to prevent Trump from bringing charges against all of them first for actual crimes? No threat of being dinged for interfering with an ongoing investigation now, right. Get ready Dems, Barr just signaled what’s coming.