Trump Heartily Endorses Barr Investigation of Spying on Campaign
April 12, 2019 (EIRNS)—President Donald Trump said yesterday that he “absolutely” believes there was “unprecedented” spying on his campaign, after Attorney General William Barr stated that April 10 in testimony on Capitol Hill.
Trump said today, at his White House joint media event with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, that
“I think what he [the Attorney General] said was absolutely true. There was absolutely spying into my campaign. I’ll go a step further. In my opinion it was illegal spying, unprecedented spying, and something that should never be allowed to happen in our country again. And, I think his [Barr’s] answer was, actually, a very accurate one, and a lot of people saw that—and a lot of people understand; many, many people understand the situation and want to be open to that situation. Hard to believe it could have happened, but it did. There was spying in my campaign, and his answer was a very accurate one.”
President Trump continued to state that the origins of the investigation of his 2016 campaign should be investigated, calling it “treason,” and a “disservice to our country” not to look into it.
President Trump was commenting on Attorney General William Barr’s statements during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing April 10 examining the FBI’s efforts to investigate members of the Trump campaign before the 2016 election.
At that hearing, Attorney General Barr replied to questioning, “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.”
Barr said that by “spying” he meant he was looking into whether “improper surveillance” occurred in 2016. “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal. It’s a big deal,” Barr said, The Hill reported.