Attorney General Barr shut down Sen. Whitehouse today when Whitehouse confronted Barr on calling the spying on President Trump what it was…SPYING
The video below shows AG Barr calmly asking why he shouldn’t use a word “commonly used” in the English language…
See if you can detect a tinge of sarcasm in Barr’s voice. It’s a great exchange and just one more example of Barr’s ability to run circles around the Democrats.
AG Barr handles Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse like flicking a fly off his arm. EASILY!
Whitehouse gets agitated at Barr for justifying why he used the term “spying.”
Remember when Barr used the word “spying” at the last hearing? The Democrats went nuts!
After Attorney General Barr said he believes Trump’s 2016 campaign was spied on (SEE VIDEO BELOW), a Senator asked Barr to rephrase what he said because it would cause “cable news ecosystems to freak out”.
Barr’s answer is an instant classic!
Senator Brian Schatz: “Do you wanna rephrase … I think the word ‘spying’ could cause people in the cable news ecosystem to freak out.”
Barr: “Unauthorized surveillance … is that more appropriate in your eyes?”
Watch how Barr calmly answers as he has during the entire testimony. He’s been fantastic!
Barr says he believes Trump's 2016 campaign was spied on. @brianschatz: "Do you wanna rephrase … I think the word 'spying' could cause people in the cable news ecosystem to freak out."
Barr: "Unauthorized surveillance … is that more appropriate in your eyes?" pic.twitter.com/nhZyIq8MhZ
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 10, 2019
Mark Meadows sent a message to Schutz and others on the left who are trying to twist Barr’s words:
Those hung up on the AG’s use of the word ‘spying’ sound ridiculous. What would you call using human informants to secretly gather information? I call it spying. Because that’s what it is. And bravo to Attorney General Barr for looking in to it.
Those hung up on the AG's use of the word ‘spying’ sound ridiculous. What would you call using human informants to secretly gather information?
I call it spying. Because that’s what it is. And bravo to Attorney General Barr for looking in to it.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) April 10, 2019
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON BARR’S TESTIMONY FROM TODAY:
It looks like we FINALLY have someone ready to follow the law and get to the bottom of the corruption that happened in order to spy on the Trump campaign. Attorney General William Barr is calmly going about answering questions and investigating what really happened in the attempted coup of President Trump. The tables have turned…
Attorney General Barr is testifying again today on Capitol Hill. Things got off to a very interesting start with Barr telling Senator Shaheen that spying occurred on the Trump campaign under President Obama:
Senator Shaheen: News just broke, today, that you have a special team looking into why the FBI opened an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. I wonder if you can share with this committee: who is on that team; why you felt the need to form that kind of a team; and what you intend to be the scope of their investigation?
AG Barr: Yeah, I, uh, as I said in my confirmation hearing, I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016. And, uh, a lot of this has already been investigated, and a substantial portion of this has been investigated and is being investigated, by the office of the inspector general at the department. But one of the things I want to do is pull together all the information from the investigations that have gone on, including on the Hill and the department, and see if there are any remaining questions to be addressed.
Shaheen: Can you share with us why you feel the need to do that?
Barr: Well, for the same reason we are worried about foreign influence in elections we want to make sure that, uh, during an election, I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal.
The generation I grew up in, which is the Vietnam war period, people were all concerned about spying on anti-war people and so forth by the government; and there were a lot of rules put in place to ensure there was an adequate basis for, before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance. I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it’s important to look at that; and I’m not just talking about the FBI necessarily, but the intelligence agencies more broadly.
Shaheen: So your not, your not suggesting though that spying occurred?
Barr: I don’t, well, I guess you could, I think there’s that spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur.
Shaheen: Wow, let me, uh…
Barr: But the question is: whether it was predicated. Adequately predicated. And I’m not suggested that it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.
I think it’s my obligation, Congress is usually very concerned about intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane, and I want to make sure that happened; we have a lot of rules about that.
And, I want to say that I’ve said I’m reviewing this, I am going to, I haven’t set up a team yet but I do have, I have in mind having some colleagues help me pulling this information altogether, and let me know if there are some areas that should be looked at.
And I also want to make clear this is not launching an investigation of the FBI. Frankly, to the extent that there were issues at the FBI, I do not view it as a problem that’s endemic to the FBI. I think there was probably a failure among a group of leaders there, at the upper echelon; and so I don’t like to hear attacks about the FBI, because I think the FBI is an outstanding organization, and I think that Chris Wray is a great partner for me and I’m very pleased that he’s there as the director.
And if it becomes necessary to look over some former official activities, I expect that I’ll be relying heavily on Chris, and work closely with him in looking at that information. But, that’s what I’m doing, I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused; I think that’s one of the principal roles of the attorney general.
"I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016… I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal… I think spying did occur.” -Attorney General Bill Barrpic.twitter.com/9aaUS1dhVt
— GOP (@GOP) April 10, 2019
Catherine Herridge has great information on what happened this morning during the hearing:
— Cypress Mills (@cypress_mills) April 10, 2019
The table has been flipped and turned on the corrupt intel agencies who spied on the Trump campaign.