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Attorney General Bill Barr stated in testimony before the Senate appropriations subcommittee this morning that he thinks “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign. From Fox News:
“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated. … I think it’s my obligation. Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane,” he testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, while noting that “spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) later in the hearing tried to get Barr to rephrase, stating, “I think when the attorney general of the United States uses the word spying it is provocative and unnecessarily inflammatory.” Barr replied, “I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance.”
The subcommittee chairman, Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS), then asked Barr what the basis was for his belief that surveillance or spying may have occurred. Barr replied, “I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I’m not going to discuss the basis.”