by Countable | 4.12.19
"I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal," Barr said, echoing claims made by Trump. "I think spying did occur."
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the ranking member on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee, asked Barr why he is looking into the origins of the investigation.
Barr: "For the same reason we're worried about foreign influence in elections, I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. I'm not suggesting those rules were violated but I think it's important to look at. . . . I think it's my obligation."
After a brief discussion about the U.S. spying on anti-war advocates during the Vietnam War, Barr continued: “I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it’s important to look at that. I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly,” he said.
Shaheen: “You’re not suggesting that spying occurred?”
Barr paused for several seconds before replying: “I think spying did occur.”
The AG did not elaborate on his claim.
“Let me just say how very, very dismaying and disappointing that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails, yesterday and today. He is the attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”
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