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AG Barr: “Spying Did Occur” on the Trump Campaign

AG Barr: “Spying Did Occur” on the Trump Campaign

The right-wing conspiracy was right!

Testifying before a Senate panel Wednesday, Attorney General Barr said he believes the Trump campaign was spied on adding he’s not sure if the espionage was “adequately predicated.”

The money line:

Barr said the Justice Department will investigate the origins of the counterintelligence investigation into Trump’s campaign.

From the WSJ:

The issue has been a longstanding grievance among Republican lawmakers who allege law-enforcement officials and prosecutors abused their authority at the start of the investigation and may have harbored a political bias against then-candidate Donald Trump.

“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Mr. Barr said in a hearing before a Senate panel. “Spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated.”

“I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused. I think that’s one of the principal roles of the attorney general,” Mr. Barr said.

A person familiar with the matter said the team, which Mr. Barr said was not operational yet, will look at the decisions and actions of officials involved in the early stages of the probe. The formation of the team was first reported by Bloomberg.

Sen. Graham rightly wondered why no one on Trump’s team, which included two former US attorneys, was informed about the counterintelligence investigation:

Given the players here (see also: Former FBI Director Comey, Former FBI Deputy Director McCabe, and Former FBI Agent Strzok), an investigation into the investigation will likely not bode well for those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Trump fired back, calling the “illegal investigation” a “phony and treasonous hoax.”

If you’d like to watch the full hearing, you can do so here:


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Colonel Travis | April 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Was glad to hear this, but until the people responsible are brought to justice the rhetoric is useless.

    Good start though, eh?

    The old adage “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” pales compared to Donald Trump scorned.

    In Trump We Trust.

    Go, Donald!!!!

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Colonel Travis. | April 10, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I want to see scalps being taken over this.

      Milwaukee in reply to JusticeDelivered. | April 11, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      While rare, and not really very probable, surviving a scalping is possible.
      Since the Supreme Court has ruled drawing and quartering, (just think, the criminal can smell their own entrails burning before they are finally executed.) I want something much better:

      Their heads on pikes.

      Scalping might disfigure their faces. Just put their heads on pikes and let the birds pluck out their eyeballs.

      I know, the Supremes think that is cruel and unusual as well.

I have no doubt that authorization for this spying came from the highest level of the previous administration. Also, I have no confidence that any accountability will be had by anyone of consequence.

    fishstick in reply to Romey. | April 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Hillary Clinton (and some in her campaign) is really the only one of the “big names” that is in any real jeopardy of having to serve a long sentence

    the rest which includes McCabe, Comey, Rosenstein, and even Mueller are at best slaps on the wrist, fines, with maybe a year or two max of prison time if this AG actually does his job

    and all but HRC would likely get reduced sentences for guilty admissions

    the problem is most of the perpetrators here are guilty not of breaking law but of breaking code and lying to advance an agenda

    they weren’t technically “lying under oath” as they do not have any sworn statements given to Huber so we have nothing to compare their congressional and senate testimonies to

    THAT has been the biggest fuck up so far in this entire fiasco is that Huber has literally done nothing since his appointment

    Hillary though is in a different boat because she broke laws that are on books so the AG just needs to actually bring up the charges and prosecute her

      oldgoat36 in reply to fishstick. | April 11, 2019 at 6:18 am

      Even if Comey and McCabe receive a short jail sentence, and fines, it will devastate them. Future earnings will be non-existent. Pensions should also be cut off for such actions. And minimal sentences would be from them turning on higher up the food chain. And I wouldn’t be so sure about not breaking the law on their parts. Comey gave classified material to a friend who became his lawyer to leak to the papers. Lynch could find herself in trouble for her actions with Comey, which is all part of this.

      Stzrok and Page could be in trouble with this.

      Brennan should be, but his actions are more difficult to prove out.

        Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to oldgoat36. | April 11, 2019 at 10:58 am

        Even if Comey and McCabe receive a short jail sentence, and fines, it will devastate them. Future earnings will be non-existent.

        Disagree. There are any number of plutocratic leftist foundations who’d fight each other to hire these ‘heroes of antifascism’ and pay them wads of dough to keep their sordid messages in front of university students and all other yearning revolutionaries.

    It came from that traitor, obama.

    What’s the mystery? Now, it’s just a matter of evidence.

      Of course it did. Nothing of consequence happened in his administration without him signing off on it. He was the “smartest guy in the room”, after all – and believed his own PR.

the funny thing is – throughout the past two years, the mainstream media themselves admitted the DJT campaign was and had been under secret surveillance before the 2016 election

remember the media leaks leading up to the first IG report

THIS here is going to be no different unless this AG starts pressing charges and scoring convictions

AG Barr is not going to get any help from the inspector general nor Sessions’s stooge Huber

Huber I think has taken one interview since his appointment and Horowitz went out of his way to frame his previous report to make it sound the clear abuses of power (he had no choice but to admit) by the previous administration is beyond reproach

remember the IG recommended not a single indictment despite the piles of evidence he had of clear bias shown against the Republicans and breaking of protocols by FBI’s own standards

this coming IG report – a full year later mind you – will end the same as his last one

1) piles of evidence (he has no choice but to) that show likely illegal breachs of code to get the many FISA warrants

2) evidence of clear bias by the big wigs of the FBI and DOJ against Donald Trump and not only his election campaign but members of his transition team as well

but the IG cannot recommend any charges because as he said in his last report “to charge one would be to charge 100” so why bother?

Barr is going to have to do it all himself or get a special prosecutor to go after them and it is basically going back to square one to start getting sworn testimony – almost 4 years after the fact

Trump may never recover from his appointment of Sessions

    Elzorro in reply to fishstick. | April 10, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    The Leftists are running for cover…now back to Tax Returns…pathetic and desperate. Sessions was a major error.

    “Trump may never recover from his appointment of Sessions…”

    Yes, Sessions proved to be the Benedict Arnold of our time.

    But do NOT underestimate Donald Trump. So long as the base sticks with him, he’s like an unstoppable freight train.

    Stick with him like your future depended on it. Especially if you’re a Jewish object of hatred by the democrat party.

    venril in reply to fishstick. | April 11, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Then charge 100. Hell, charge a 1000 if you have to.

    Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to fishstick. | April 11, 2019 at 11:03 am

    remember the IG recommended not a single indictment

    IGs dig up facts. I doubt they have power to recommend indictments – remember how easily Obama demolished a couple of IGs when ‘wingman’ Eric Holder ran DOJ. The best hope now is that the IGs will have an AG who will listen to, and not suppress them.

“I feel I have an obligation to make sure that government power is not abused. I think that’s one of the principal roles of the attorney general,” Mr. Barr said.

Doing the work that Jeff Sessions should have done.

Rush posited today that there was an attempt to put a mole into the campaign to generate a link to the Russians so that the investigation would find “collusion”. This isn’t just US but with British and Australian fingerprints.

    oldgoat36 in reply to alaskabob. | April 11, 2019 at 6:27 am

    Absolutely. This was a globalist move, and had support of agents from other countries. These actions were planned, but because the characters involved believed Hillary was going to win it was poorly contrived.

    venril in reply to alaskabob. | April 11, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Yup. Trump needs to have a heart-to-heart with PM May, and “explain” things.

smalltownoklahoman | April 10, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Good, this counter investigation was sorely needed and hopefully when it’s done we’ll see some well known names on trial and serving time afterwards!

What I like is the leftist media running around with their hair on fire.

This is monumental, IF it actually gets underway and is iun earnest.

There were three different, but intertwined, pre-Crossfire Hurricane operations against the Trump campaign. The first was a modified honey trap operation run against Page and Papadopoulos, by the CIA, using Halpern and Milfud and possibly intelligence assets of US allies, such as Australia. The second was the opening of NSA data to non-governmental contractors by the FBI. The third was the active surveillance of the Trump campaign, through embedded agents and possibly electronic surveillance, without a FISA warrant, as well as using Halpern to obtain information on Page and Papadopoulos. All were conducted prior to the official start of the Crossfire Hurricane counter intelligence operation run by the FBI.

Any, or all, of these activities would be violations of regulations and possibly of law. More importantly, if it comes to light that these operations were not justifiable, both Mueller I [the continuation of the counter intelligence operation underway in the FBI] and Mueller II [the Rosenstein expansion into possible obstruction of justice] become illegitimate investigations and that could have an affect on the various indictments and convictions arising out of that investigation.

Gee, Barr is kinda acting like “scared of my own shadow” sessions should have. He spent too long in the senate with all its pomp, decorum, and deference to take charge of such an agency and all of its legal implications. He should have resigned way sooner.

Senator Graham makes the salient point, and, provides the unspoken implication, that have received little scrutiny and media attention, hitherto — that DOJ/FBI’s failure to inform Trump and his campaign of their investigation, means that this entire, contrived operation was nothing more than a brazen and lawless attempt at subverting and undermining a political candidate. There is no other possible construction, especially given that the entire Russia “collusion” narrative was based off of an utterly fictional, Hillary Clinton-paid dirty-tricks machination.

The leftist nabobs are losing their marbles all over TV.


And so the media should be losing their marbles over this given how heavily involved the media was in pushing the Democrat lies to the people.

The Demicrat media is up against a wall on this because when it comes out that Trump was illegally spied on people will start asking the awkward question of “where was the media” in all of this and the only answer is “the media was right there pushing the Democrat lies and false narratives as if they were the holy truth” (because these fuckers wanted so much for the Democrat lies and false narratives to be true).

    oldgoat36 in reply to mailman. | April 11, 2019 at 6:34 am

    The media is the propaganda wing of the DNC. Too often their phrases match far too closely to be coincidental. If you changed channels it was like hearing the same report being given by different actors, even on opinion pieces. This has exposed the media as being such. I think their standing will take a huge hit from this, but they have some cover. I don’t think trust in what they say will recover for a long time provided heads roll from this.

    venril in reply to mailman. | April 11, 2019 at 8:12 am

    To paraphrase Colbert, they’re the DNC’s *cough* holster.

Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Lynch, Kennedy and more in the top layers of obama’s government agencies launched an all out counter-strike against Trump’s campaign in support of Hillary. When that failed, they refocused their already ongoing efforts in an attempt to run a soft coup against a duly elected president to overturn an election. These people need to be ferreted out, charged, prosecuted and jailed in an absolute show of force that says THE USA WILL NEVER TOLERATE SOMETHING LIKE THIS AGAIN.

I’m thinking LAWSUITS. If you were subject to illegal spying seems to me you may have a very large check in your future?

Concealment is a powerful motivator. None of this was ever intended for sunlight as HRC was expected to be POTUS.

The deep state is still there and torpedoes and more will be fired. Watch for all-out attempts to stop this by the Dems and their collaborators.

MSM bowed and scraped before the Anointed One – – – exhibiting a sickening sycophantic, if not cultish, behavior. It worshipped the fabricated ground Obama walked on – – – neither questioning nor investigating his bogus credentials, sealed personal records, or blatant lies.

And now the bogus reality it spewed as the propaganda arm of the DNC is slowly unraveling, and it redefines hypocrisy and incompetence, if not criminality.

Let the media reap what it’s sown — behind bars.

The MSM still says this is a hoax. They just keep doubling down. It really doesn’t matter to them that this was an attempted coup .

I love seeing liberal heads explode over this “revelation” (we’ve known from almost the beginning of the Russian Collusion hoax), especially in the MSM and Congress. They are still in denial of the truth.

Subhead: Bar calls Spying actually Spying: Liberal heads explode.

One point on Carter Pages FISA warrants. The Left points to the date of the first warrant:2014 and say “that was well before Trump announced.” True, but the warrant was extended three additional times when Page became part of the campaign.

Why was Carter Page not indicted then?

Spying did occur. Best three words ever.

inspectorudy | April 15, 2019 at 8:17 pm

Ever wonder why Schiff, Slalwell and many other Dems can say daily that Trump colluded with Russians against his country, with no proof, but for some reason when AG Barr says that “There was spying going on against Trump”, with proof, that he must apologize for saying it? Why is that?