‘I Will NOT Back Off!’ AG Barr Declares To Senate He Won’t Stop Using The Word ‘SPYING’

Spying is the act of obtaining secret or confidential information without the permission of the holder of the information.

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Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse took AG William Barr to task over his use of the word spying. Yes, you heard that correct. Senator Sheldon thinks that he is the ‘word’ police.

He was upset over the AG’s use of the word “spying” to describe the actions the FBI took against the Trump campaign.

Sheldon stated that the term was not accurate because the activities of the DOJ were “authorized.”

Spying is the act of obtaining secret or confidential information without the permission of the holder of the information.

So it is Sheldon who is ‘not accurate’.

“I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,’” Barr said. “My first job was in CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.”

Barr continued, “I think spying is a good English word that, in fact, doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of covert intelligence collection, so I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying.’”

To further defend his use of the word, Barr pointed out that many members of the media also used the term before they decided to attack him for doing the same.

“Frankly, we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a couple of weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities,” he explained.

Sheldon went on to claim that the Department, that spies for a living, does not use the term.

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Then he took to twitter and I took him to task. Crickets from Sheldon.

Barr had been asked last month by Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen about his plans to review conduct related to the Trump investigation.

“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee.

He went on to say, “I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur.”

“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr said.

The leftist world went wild. How dare he use that word, they exclaimed in unison!

There is no doubt that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign.

As Barr made clear, the real questions are:

  • Was there a valid reason for it, strong enough to overcome our norm against political spying?
  • What predicated the spying?
  • Was it done rashly?
  • Was a politically motivated decision made to use highly intrusive investigative tactics?
  • Could a more measured response have sufficed, such as a “defensive briefing” that would have warned the Trump campaign of possible Russian infiltration?

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The “spying” question arose last year, when we learned that Stefan Halper, a longtime source for the CIA and British intelligence, had been tasked during the FBI’s Russia investigation to chat up three Trump campaign advisers: Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis.

This was in addition to earlier revelations that the Obama Justice Department and FBI had obtained warrants to eavesdrop on Page’s communications, beginning about three weeks before the 2016 election.

The fact that spying occurred is far too clear for credible denial.

Ian Schwartz said it best at RCP:

Spying on a presidential campaign is a big deal, especially when it was authorized by a rival administration. Imagine if, a year from now, the Trump administration allowed the FBI to surveil officials in the Kamala Harris for president campaign. Imagine if, when caught, Trump pointed to opposition research generated by the RNC as justification for that surveillance. How would the media react to that? Like it was a major, jaw-dropping scandal. And this show would heartily agree. We wouldn’t defend it. Law enforcement should never be used as a partisan political tool, no matter who it benefits.

Period Sheldon!

Now zip it!

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