The Donald Trump for President 2020 campaign is already well under way, and like any other campaign, the Trump camp is sending emails out to supporters. However, rather than the generic campaign slogans and fundraising requests, Trump’s people have decided to go in a different direction.
On Friday, an email blast went out to Trump supporters making some surprising claims about the Mueller investigation and the tactics surrounding it. Specifically, it makes unsubstantiated claims about how the Trump camp was spied on in 2016. The email says:
“Attorney General William Barr said what the president has thought all along: He believes “unlawful spying did occur” against Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign.”
Barr is Trump’s current Attorney General. He did claim that, quote, “spying did occur,” but he was careful to make sure people understood that he had reached no conclusive end on whether or not it was legal:
“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.”
“I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I’m saying that I am concerned about it and looking into it. That’s all.”
There were also fundraising texts sent to tell Trump supporters that the surveillance was carried out “illegally.” Here is a tweet with images of those texts:
The Trump campaign has just texted supporters looking to fundraise off of AG Barr’s congressional testimony, and falsely claims that Barr said he “believes the Obama Admin illegally spied on Pres. Trump.” pic.twitter.com/hxGvRyWmwY
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) April 12, 2019
Former members of the United States intelligence community seemed surprised and perhaps even alarmed by these statements. Former FBI Director James Comey said Barr’s claims when asked:
“I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment.”
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said:
“I thought it was both stunning and scary. I was amazed at that and rather disappointed that the attorney general would say such a thing.”
“The term ‘spying’ has all kinds of negative connotations, and I have to believe he chose that term deliberately.”
Perhaps now that these questionable statements have gotten this kind of attention, the Trump 2020 campaign will be a bit more careful regarding the content of their promotional texts and emails. Or, then again, maybe they won’t.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.