Former FBI Director James Comey doesn’t agree with Attorney General William Barr’s statement that spying occurred on Trump’s campaign, back in 2016.
“The FBI conducted court-ordered authorized surveillance. I don’t consider that spying,” Comey said at the Hewlett Foundation’s Verify Conference on Thursday.
Although Comey said he gives Barr the benefit of the doubt, citing his long career, his talk of “spying” makes it more difficult. “I have no idea what the heck he’s talking about,” Comey added.
As you know, AG William Barr faced a huge backlash from the Dems and the media after his statement that spying did occur back in 2016 on Trump’s campaign.
“I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated — adequately predicated,” Barr testified. “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, an apparent reference to GOP allegations that the FBI misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor former Trump 2016 campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.
However, later in the hearing, Barr clarified he hasn’t proven there was any wrongdoing. “I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred, I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all,” he said.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that spying actually occurred?