Attorney General Barr: I Believe Government Spied on Trump Campaign

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Attorney General Barr: I Believe Government Spied on Trump Campaign
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Attorney General Barr: I Believe Government Spied on Trump Campaign
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While speaking to the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier today, Attorney General William Barr said he believes the government spied on the 2016 Trump campaign. This is not the first time the Obama administration’s Department of Justice has been accused of spying on the Trump campaign. Although, Barr’s accusation is among the most credible. President Trump himself has spoken out on the issue multiple times, and first began accusing the Obama administration of spying on his campaign in early 2017.

Here’s some of what Attorney General Barr said to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“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, 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. 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.”

It’s unclear how much information Barr has already seen regarding the allegations of spying. It appears that Barr’s investigation into the claims will center around the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Barr did provide some clarifications concerning the Mueller report, however, saying the Special Counsel did not request his assistance in determining if the president had committed obstruction of justice.

Democrats and numerous pundits in the media were quick to attack Barr following his comments. Many claimed Barr was behaving more like the president’s attorney than the attorney general. The chief legal analysts of both CNN and MSNBC suggested Barr was simply lying about the accusations of spying.

President Trump weighed-in on the allegations earlier today while speaking to reporters. He has yet to discuss the attorney general’s comments on his Twitter account, which appears to be his favorite platform for reaching out to his supporters. However, he did tweet earlier today about the Special Counsel investigation.

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