AG Bill Barr told Senators that he believes that the FBI spied on President Trump’s campaign and caused Democratic Senators to suffer from butthurt.
You must remember that Bill Barr has discussed the spying with DOJ IG Michael Horowitz, who has been investigating the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Trump, so he is speaking from knowledge, whereas the Democrats are speaking from politics, trying to stop the president from being reelected.
Barr did qualify his answer, saying that he isn’t saying they did so without merit but they did spy. He has picked a team to delve deeper into the actions of those heading the FBI.
Attorney General William Barr told senators during a hearing Wednesday that he thinks that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) did spy on the Trump campaign.
“Yes, I think spying did occur,” Barr said. “But the question is whether it was predicated — adequately predicated, and I’m not suggesting that it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that. I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually 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.”
“I haven’t set up a team yet but I have in mind having some colleagues pull all this information together and let me know whether there’s some areas that should be looked at,” he said.
Barr first announced during a House hearing on Tuesday that he would investigate the FBI’s “conduct” in investigating the Trump campaign.
“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016,” Barr said.