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James Comey Speaks Out Over Barr’s ‘Spying’ Allegations



During a circus-like testimony hearing before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr made a rather suspect comment when he claimed that the Trump Presidential Campaign was spied on and that he would like to “explore” the issue.

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

Former FBI director James Comey, seemingly alarmed by that claim, weighed in immediately.

“I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment,” Comey said at a Hewlett Foundation conference. Adding, Barr’s reputation should earn him the “presumption” that he “will stand up for truth.”

The idea that President Obama’s DOJ was spying on the Trump campaign, first made by then President-elect Trump, was a ridiculous and thoroughly debunked claim. Nevertheless, Trump repeated this unsubstantiated claim last year.
“Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ’SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.’ Andrew McCarthy says, ‘There’s probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.’ If so, this is bigger than Watergate!”

The fact that the top-ranking Justice official would echo this totally unsubstantiated claim is worrisome to many Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in an interview with the Associated Press, said “I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller.” And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  weighed in by accusing AG Barr of “peddling conspiracy theories.”


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