Spy Hysterics

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Prominent Democrats lined up to hammer Attorney General Bill Barr for testifying Wednesday that federal authorities had spied on the Trump campaign in 2016, with one top House Democrat charging that Barr is not acting “in the best interest of the DOJ or the country.”

“I think spying did occur,” Barr said during the explosive hearing before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. Barr later clarified in the hearing: “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred; I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all.” “The question is whether it was adequately predicated.” “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,” Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. “I think spying did occur, yes. 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.”

Despite mounting evidence that the FBI pursued an array of efforts to gather intelligence from within the Trump campaign — and the fact that the FBI successfully pursued warrants to surveil a former Trump aide in 2016 — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told Fox News that Barr’s loyalties were compromised.

Many members of the media are criticizing Attorney General William Barr for stating under oath Wednesday that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 election.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd accused the attorney general of giving credence to a “conspiracy theory.”

“Using the word spying,” the “Meet the Press” moderator said, “plays into the president’s language and argument that the Russia investigation to him is just a witch hunt, and every time they’ve brought up this allegation, there has been zero factual basis for it. Every effort to perpetrate the spying conspiracy theory has been debunked.”

MSNBC legal analyst Nick Akerman claimed that Barr’s remarks were “all part of the White House’s cover-up” of the Mueller probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. He also accused the attorney general of telling the White House what’s in the special counsel’s report.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper classified Barr’s use of the term “spying” as “uncharacteristically broad,” coming from someone who is usually “lawyerly and precise.” Cooper insisted that Barr had “fanned the flames” for President Trump and the GOP. His colleague Chris Cuomo said the spying terminology was “an insult to the men and women” who work for Barr and a “defamatory way to refer to surveillance.”

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin added that Barr’s remarks were ”loaded” and “false” and declared that the “paranoid lunacy of the right wing” has now taken over the Department of Justice.

Washington Post columnist and self-described “conservative blogger” Jennifer Rubin, who referred to Barr as a “Trump toady,” called on lawmakers to push for the attorney general’s resignation.

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