Eric Holder rebukes William Barr: It’s called ‘investigating’ not ‘spying’

Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder responded to William Barr on Wednesday for saying that “spying did occur” on President Donald Trump’s campaign.

“When there is a predicate, a legitimate basis, it’s called ‘investigating’ not ‘spying’. I am confident that the people at DOJ/FBI conducted themselves in an appropriate way. No evidence to suggest otherwise,” Eric Holder wrote on Twitter.

Holder, who was a Justice Department chief from 2009-2015, reacted to a tweet from Matthew Miller, a DOJ spokesman under President Obama.

“Just an outrageous thing for the AG to say. First, there is zero evidence of this. Second, it’s under investigation by the DOJ IG and he should wait until that’s done. Third, how about defending the people who work for him rather than repeating right-wing conspiracy theories?” Miller tweeted.

During Senate testimony on Wednesday, AG Barr spoke about the team he is putting together to look into the origins of an FBI counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign.

“I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated — adequately predicated,” Barr said. “I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but 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.”

“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal,” Barr added.

Jerry Nadler also responded to Barr’s testimony, saying he was misled and demanded answers.

“These comments directly contradict what DOJ previously told us. I’ve asked DOJ to brief us immediately. In the meantime, the AG still owes us the full Mueller report. #ReleaseTheReport,” Nadler tweeted.

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