Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
In today’s senate hearing, goofy Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse decided to waste his time regurgitating the tiresome Democrat/media fake outrage talking points about Attorney General William Barr’s use of the word “spying” in a House hearing a couple of weeks ago to describe the FBI’s “surveillance” (actually, spying) of the Trump Campaign and Transition team during 2016.
What followed was a thing of beauty – a public spanking of epic proportions that Whitehouse will now have to take to his grave. Here’s a clip, courtesy of Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra:
Attorney General Bill Barr shuts down Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-NJ) after Whitehouse gets upset over Barr's use of the term "spying"pic.twitter.com/2TQNh73jmR
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 1, 2019
Here’s the transcript for those of you who still like to read.:
Sen Whitehouse: In the entirety of your career at the DOJ, including as AG, have you ever referred to authorized department investigative activities officially or publicly as spying?
Barr: I’m not going to abjure the use of the word ‘spying’. My first job was in the CIA and I don’t think the word ‘spying’ has any pejorative connotation at all. To me (Whitehouse interrupts) To me the question is always whether it’s authorized and adequately predicated spying.
I think ‘spying’ is a good English word that in fact doesn’t have synonyms, because it is the broadest word incorporating really all forms of intelligence covert collections. I’m not going to back off the word ‘spying’, except I will say (Whitehouse interrupts again) that I’m not suggesting any pejorative.
I use the word frequently, as do the media. (Whitehouse interrupts again)
Whitehouse: When did you decide to use it – was it off the cuff in the hearing that day, or did you go into that hearing intending to use the word?
Barr: It was actually off the cuff, to tell you the truth, and when [the congressman] challenged me and he said “change your language” I was actually thinking, what’s the issue? I don’t consider it a pejorative.
But frankly, we went back and looked at press usage, and up until the faux outrage a couple of weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities, such as referring to the FISA court (Whitehouse desperately attempts to shut him down) as the ‘spy court.’
Whitehouse: But it’s not commonly used by the department (tries to shut Barr down).
Barr: Well, it’s commonly used by me.
God, I love this guy.
That is all.
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