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AG Barr Refuses to Stop Using the “S” Word

Attorney General Bill Barr doubled down on his use of the word “spying” to describe the Obama administration’s actions against the Trump campaign during a tense exchange with Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) on Wednesday. During testimony before the House Appropriations Committee in April, Barr alleged that “spying did occur,” sending the Left into a tizzy. Whitehouse claimed Barr could not use the term because it was “authorized” activity. “I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying,'” Barr said. “My first job was in [the] CIA. I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Attorney General Bill Barr sparred with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Wednesday over the AG’s use of the word “spying” to describe the actions the FBI took against the Trump campaign.

Barr alleged during his testimony to the House Appropriations Committee in April that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign as the FBI investigated alleged ties to Russia.

In addition to conducting surveillance on former Trump campaign official Carter Page, the FBI used informant Stefan Halper to make contact with three Trump campaign advisers.

Whitehouse grilled Barr about his use of the term “spying” in relation to those efforts, suggesting that the term was not accurate because the activities of the DOJ were “authorized.”

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