Donald Trump has claimed that before he even became President, Barack Obama had used the FBI to spy on him. The 45th President later said that he had no evidence to back up the claim and that he had made it “on a hunch.”
It is publicly known that other people in Trump’s orbit, like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos were surveilled by the FBI. When Attorney General William Barr spoke to a panel of Senators in May, he referred to this surveillance as spying. Former United States Attorney Joyce Vance told MSNBC that Barr should be investigated for these claims.
Barr told the senators, “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. I think spying did occur.” The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General will soon release a report that contradicts these claims.
Vance said of the upcoming report, “The important takeaway is that everything that President Trump has been saying for the last couple of years about the deep state and the effort by the Obama Justice Department to attack his campaign, that’s all been made up. None of it was true.”
Then the former US Attorney keyed in on the Attorney General. She continued:
“But [the deep state narrative] was fomented and it was really put into progress, as much as by the president, by his attorney general, Bill Barr, who famously went in front of Congress and talked about spying, which is not what the Justice Department does. The Justice Department does court-ordered supervision or court-ordered evidence collection. The notion that the attorney general would call it ‘spying’ was shocking to many of us then, and the inspector general report confirms that it was indeed untrue.”