Barr says 'I think spying did occur' against Trump campaign

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  • zipadeedoodah Lehi, UT
    May 26, 2019 4:35 p.m.

    This is an article that just reinforces the liberal bend of AP and DN who have their own agenda just like the Democrat leaders... e.g. to undermine Trump and any investigation into the truth of the origins of this attempted coup de tat by the liberal left.

    Why the fear that the truth may come out? Well, it is obvious.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 13, 2019 12:14 a.m.

    Spying did occur!

    What do you think the false Russian collusion was all about?

    The evidence is clear!

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 11, 2019 7:35 p.m.

    Russian collusion investigation without any evidence.---No Democrat objection!

    Spying on Trump campaign--plenty of evidence. Democrats are hysterical.

    Go figure!

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    April 11, 2019 6:41 p.m.

    Will Bill Barr start repeating the other talking points Donald Trump likes to use to vent his grievances? Will he next tell us that Trump had the largest crowd ever to watch his inauguration and that Trump is the smartest guy on the planet and did extraordinarily great in school, even smarter and better than himself? Now that he has bought into the "spying" trope, at least he has moved to make the DOJ Trump's personal legal defense team.

    Trump goes around saying that he has been exonerated by the Mueller investigation (not really) and the Obama administrations spied in his campaign (not really), but having the AG add his "opinion without evidence" to the public discourse, Trump may be feeling more empowered as he moves to force a more hostile and cruel policy in his immigration war.

    It is obvious that Barr has become another member of Trump's personal protective wall of bureaucrats who will help keep his secrets private while defending him from outside detractors. This must be a first in DOJ history where the AG is no longer the chief law enforcement officer of the American people but the chief defense attorney for a president accused of possible wrong doing.

  • peabody Steamboat Springs, CO
    April 11, 2019 1:59 p.m.

    Bill Barr apparently is the Roy Cohn that Trump always wanted.

  • Truthwillprevail80 ,
    April 11, 2019 11:45 a.m.

    It's amazing how careful people on the right have to be with their words considering all the accusations that have been freely spewed against President Trump. Many of which have been proven to be lies. On the other hand we have piles of evidence to suggest that the FBI and DOJ were attempting a silent coup.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 11, 2019 10:45 a.m.

    With Barr, the fix is in. Oh boy!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 11, 2019 7:57 a.m.

    Mad Hatter: When in your mind do personal attacks Democrats threw out at AG Barr become "oversight"?

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    April 11, 2019 7:25 a.m.

    Trump has a looong history of doing business with Russia.
    Trump is married to a communist country model.
    Trump pursued building a Trump tower in Russia.
    Trump asks Russia for help during his campaign.

    You can bet Trump needs to be spied on!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 11, 2019 5:56 a.m.

    Can we just stop all of the nonsense about a "hand-picked AG"?

    For heaven's sakes folks, ALL AGs and all cabinet members are hand-picked.

    Was Eric Holder "hand-picked" by Obama? How about Loretta Lynch?

    My, oh my.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    April 11, 2019 5:46 a.m.

    @Joe Leaphorn

    Making claims "with no basis in fact".

    Yup. Sounds a lot like the fake Christopher Steele dossier.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    April 11, 2019 5:32 a.m.

    @ Stephen Daedalus

    "Barr is sure good for adding to the froth and lather."

    Yes, I'm beginning to detect a pattern. Throw out the red meat that will please his boss and light up the Breitbart crowd, then walk it back a little later when the damage has already been done. It's the same thing he did with his 19-page legal memo/job application and the Barr Report.

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    April 11, 2019 5:00 a.m.

    Democrats are screaming to the high heavens now because they know the people who're going to get swept up in Barr's investigation will sing like canaries. Look for the MSM to ignore it all. The hypocrisy is stunning.

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    April 10, 2019 7:04 p.m.

    No wonder we have extreme political divisiveness in this country. The division is maintained with such comments which have absolutely no basis in fact. Investigations undertaken by the FBI become a partisan football when politics rears its ugly head and demands a seat at the table in defense of the individual targeted. It doesn't matter if there is sufficient evidence deemed appropriate to open an investigation as dictated by FBI regulations. Whatever the evidence, certain political agents will argue that the FBI has no right to investigate because it reflects negatively on the person these politicos want to protect.

    However, in the current situation, William Barr has no evidence. He "has questions" which arise out of Donald Trump's conspiracy about political spies for which he has no support. It's all part of the mishigas he spreads, like the solids excavated from the sewer, to divert from his own suspected wrong-doings or failures. The fact that Barr is following the Trump playbook speaks volumes in this attack on the investigators. He knows why they initiated the investigation, but rather than accept that evidence, he works against it to benefit his patron and political boss.

  • one old man MSC, UT
    April 10, 2019 6:37 p.m.

    Flipphone - , 00
    April 10, 2019 1:42 p.m.
    The AG did confirm that spying did occur against the Trump campaign and will investigate, and the Russian collusion was nothing more than a Democrat leftist media lie.

    ===

    Uh, that's not even remotely near what he actually said.

    It might be a really good idea to read the entire article and not just the headline.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    April 10, 2019 6:06 p.m.

    Flipphone said: "Russian collusion was nothing more than a Democrat leftist media lie."

    I find this mindset simply astonishing. Based on what we know -pure facts of what we saw Trump and co do. 17 of Trump's associates had over 100 contacts with Russians. That leaves some mighty interesting questions to ask, at the least.

    Mueller may not have found a path to indict Trump, but he did find plenty of problems with those closest to Trump. We know the prosecutions, the indictments, the guilty pleas. And also, if there was nothing to hide, why did so many Trump associates lie to investigators?

    Sorry to say, but the Democrats didn't make the Trump campaign do all this.

    We need to see the full report.

  • Mad Hatter Santa Fe, NM
    April 10, 2019 5:02 p.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID
    April 10, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    "I watched some of the testimony and the subsequent questions A.G. Barr received by many of the House Democrats and was shocked at how disrespectful, rude and hateful Democrat members were towards him!"

    One would expect a similar from any other wingnut partisan who wants to keep Donald Trump's secrets away from the public eye. As you describe, "disrespectful, rude, and hateful" is the typical tribal Republican observation with any oversight into one of their favorites. Perhaps you would disagree that the selection of William Barr was to protect Trump from the outset since Jeff Sessions was restrained from performing that service due to DOJ rules?

    It appears that what you call "harassment" others will call "oversight" (including myself) since the Republicans failed to do their constitutional duty when they were in charge. It all goes to show how vulnerable these Republicans are in the upcoming primaries. Keeping the cow available is central to their career path.

    Finally, it would be greatly to see the Mueller summaries prepared for Congress rather than Barr's carefully written statement that appears written for his boss.

  • Whale of Fortune Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 4:54 p.m.

    "There sure are a lot of people making baseless allegations. "

    Yup, there sure are. They've been doing it for a couple of years now.

  • Mary Mc Lacey, WA
    April 10, 2019 4:54 p.m.

    I urge all thinking Americans, whatever their political views, to answer the question, when did unsubstantiated accusations and rumors become fact?
    Who did what and why? Show us the proof.

  • Jim Chee Lahaina, HI
    April 10, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    Leonidas - Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 1:22 p.m.

    "It will soon be official. Trump's campaign was spyied on and in very short time the deep state actors will be indicted, potentially all the way up to Obama."

    William Barr is like Donald Trump. Just because he says something only rings true with the wingnut base. This is only more of the nonsense coming out of the Fox Propaganda Network to divert attention from the real information to be found in the Mueller report and all the other investigations plaguing this man. To assume that Barr is impartial and acting in a fair manner must is to trust in the honesty of Vladimir Putin and the "new" Russia.

    Those hopeful for the indictment and conviction of Barack Obama have been holding their breath for over 12 years, ever hoping that they will realize that result more than they want Trump to be their savior. The use of terms like "deep state" to conjure up conspiracy and hostile forces accepts the notion to re-write American history in a completely Euro-centric fashion.

    Like getting a diagnosis of cancer from your doctor, better to get a second opinion before selling off all your worldly possessions. She might be wrong.

  • Eponymous Eggplant Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    "Many of us trump opponents will need asylum out of the country."

    I recommend you book early, to avoid the rush. You'll probably be in good company, with Brennan, Clapper, McCabe, Comey, Strzok, Clinton, Lynch, and a few others. I understand Venezuela has no extradition treaty with the USA, if that helps.

    Of course, we'll have to wait to see what the Inspector General has to say, but it's beginning to look like the weaponized federal agencies of the Obama era may finally be exposed. May truth and justice prevail.

    Thank God for President Donald J. Trump.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    April 10, 2019 4:44 p.m.

    More "Barrtisan' pandering.

  • ECR Burke, VA
    April 10, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    Barr "said that though he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, "I do have questions about it."

    So he has no evidence that a crime has been committed but he's going to investigate the issue.

    Where I come from, they call that a "witch hunt". Some of you might have heard that term used before.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 4:11 p.m.

    There sure are a lot of people making baseless allegations. This is why we need the Mueller report released, so that at least when people on either side are spouting nonsense, we have something factual to reference to set things right.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 2:25 p.m.

    Many of us trump opponents will need asylum out of the country.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    April 10, 2019 2:06 p.m.

    I sure see a lot of people "speculating" that Obama erra operatives will be indited and sent to jail. Isnt this exactly what the dishonest and biased media did to Trump? Dont hold your breath.

    Barr saying that he thinks spying ("unauthorized" surveillance) was done to the Trump political campaign is the headline of the day. As Biden once said, "thats a big flippin deal".

    Even with that being the case, lets wait until the Inspector Generals investigative report is released in June. I bet that will tell us a lot of what happened and the direction that Barr will be going in next.

  • Flipphone , 00
    April 10, 2019 1:42 p.m.

    The AG did confirm that spying did occur against the Trump campaign and will investigate, and the Russian collusion was nothing more than a Democrat leftist media lie.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    April 10, 2019 1:29 p.m.

    Barr is sure good for adding to the froth and lather.

    A counter-intelligence operation on a suspected foreign agent that poses a national security risk of the highest order will require surveillance. Which a lay-person -- such as a 10-year boy who spends his summer in his tree-house -- might call "spying".

    Did that counter-intelligence operation dot all the i's and cross all the t's?

    Barr isn't sure yet.

    But like any uninformed lay-person, he more that happy to characterize it as "spying" ... acting as if he -- the U.S. Attorney General -- is oblivious to the distinctions.

    Just more distracting agitation in the run up to the release of the Mueller report ... which is sounding like it is far far far from exonerating, given these ham-fisted tactics.

  • Leonidas Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 1:22 p.m.

    It will soon be official. Trump's campaign was spyied on and in very short time the deep state actors will be indicted, potentially all the way up to Obama. No predicate will be found as there was none. This is getting sweeter by the day.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    April 10, 2019 12:50 p.m.

    Hold on a second said: "Also, we learned recently that Mueller knew within a few months of the investigation, that it was all a "fabrication".

    Uh no. That didn't happen.

    (Moderators, you deny my comments all the time based on what you say is speculation. Just sayin...)

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2019 12:45 p.m.

    @endoftimes:
    "Just a couple of many things the dnc and clinton was doing that was criminal. Lock them up? May just be."

    Yet somehow, Trump and his hand-picked attorneys-general haven't managed to bring charges against either the DNC or Clinton. They've had two years to do so.

    If you want to "Lock them Up," you need to have a trial first. That's how it works in America.

  • LivinLarge Bountiful, UT
    April 10, 2019 12:44 p.m.

    What is going on here is MONUMENTAL.

    Barr's mandate as Attorney General of the U.S. is to investigate, indict and prosecute individuals for federal crimes that are committed. If convicted, folks will be going to Federal Prison...not for months, but for decades.

  • endoftimes Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 12:27 p.m.

    I realize this is very difficult if not impossible for libs to admit truth. We will argue with them over and over, but its THEIR TRUTH. Even if its a lie and worse it still their blind hate that keeps them going.

    Was RFK JFK's hand picked AG? Of coarse, thats how it always has worked.

    Can you now see why there is so much concern that hillary deleted her illegally kept work emails? Kept on an unsecured server.

    Just a couple of many things the dnc and clinton was doing that was criminal. Lock them up? May just be.

  • Hold on a second Spring City, UT
    April 10, 2019 12:26 p.m.

    During this "witch hunt" that has lasted nearly three years, countless millions have been spent. Where's the accountability? Also, we learned recently that Mueller knew within a few months of the investigation, that it was all a "fabrication". Yet, accompanied by approximately thirteen prosecutors who are all known Trump haters and Clinton supporters, Mueller proceeded anyway. It should have been over in a few months!

    As much as I think William Barr is a great AG, based on the democrat's track record of operating "above the law", I seriously doubt that any of them will be prosecuted. And that isn't going to set well with the majority of Americans.

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    April 10, 2019 12:18 p.m.

    Happy Valley Heretic - Orem, UT

    Come on cheer up. The mainstream media duped all the dems with their Russian collusion fairy tale. Just don't let them fool you again, think for yourself next time.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    April 10, 2019 12:02 p.m.

    Think?

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    April 10, 2019 12:00 p.m.

    Barr said he believes "spying" on the Trump campaign occurred. When pressed on the definition of "spying" he said "unauthorized surveillance". Clear enough.

    To tell you the truth, I was as surprised to hear him come right out and state that even though it was a woman Democrat Senator who asked him point blank if spying occurred.

    However, Barr later said he doesnt currently know if this spying was not properly "predicated".

    My question is .... how do you have "unauthorized surveillance" that is properly predicated?

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 11:57 a.m.

    The redacted version of the Carter Page FISA warrant actually proves that spying of Trump's campaign did indeed occur. There is no need for "belief" when those facts are very apparent and true.

    Now, the extent of the spying was redacted (that is every single word of what the warrant was seeking was redacted). But, it is clear that while Carter Page was the "subject" of the warrant; the information in the warrant was 100% focused on Trump and his campaign, not on Page; so it is clear whatever searches were granted in the warrant were against Trump not Page.

    It is also 100% apparent even reading the redacted version; that the FBI knew the source of the information was unreliable (yet gave the information a pass).

    It is also 100% apparent that Comey violated his office; and not only should have been fired (as he was); but really should be sitting in prison right now.

    I don't like Trump either; I was a "never Trumper" kind of guy during the campaign... but what those in office did to derail the campaign and since continue to do to oust Trump truly amounts to an attempt coup. And that is far worse than anything Trump has done.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    April 10, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    Isn't spying on the what happened to the McGovern campaign when Nixon was running for president the 2nd time?

    That caused a huge commotion at the time. Why not this time?

  • t702 Las Vegas, NV
    April 10, 2019 11:18 a.m.

    This is a bad day for the lefties conspiracy theorists. The AG acknowledged the Trump campaign was spied on by the FBI which will trigger an investigation to determine how exactly the fake dossier was used to spy on innocent Americans. The pendulum of justice is surely going to pick up the dirty cops and bad actors from the previous administration - the likes of Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Strzok, Ohr, etc have a great deal to worry in the coming months. To top it of Netanyahu in Israel won! Awesome!

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    April 10, 2019 11:17 a.m.

    The liberals and Democrats are being exposed for what they are; a bunch of lying cry babies who just shift and deflect. They keeping turning over stones just to find nothing there. Well the tide is about to turn as all of the corruption that took place under Obama and Clinton is revealed. Stay tuned; there's a lot of temper tantrums forth coming....and I love it! The growing desperation is Awesome!

    The Donald; best President Ever! Making America Real Again!

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    April 10, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    Well whatever there is would probably be covered in the several hundred page Mueller report investigating Russian interference.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 10, 2019 10:51 a.m.

    "It was not immediately clear what "spying" Barr was referring to, but President Donald Trump's supporters have repeatedly made accusations of political bias.."

    Great, what a trump tool, he's going to look into conspiracy nonsense of Trumps "oranges," while hiding the report Donald said he wanted released, before Barr obviously shared with Donald that such would be a bad idea.

    This is what you get when a Trump fan boy writes a 19 page unsolicited opinion on why he believes a sitting president is above the law, then said president hires Barr to protect him.

    Pathetic

  • Puukko Orem , 00
    April 10, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    Thid Barker - Victor, ID

    That's just how democrats roll these days.

  • JaneB Wilsonville, OR
    April 10, 2019 10:20 a.m.

    So McConnell trusts Barr. How unsurprising, as McConnell seems to be the president's top enabler/look the other way guy.

    I think most people did trust Barr at first. But that's getting harder and harder. There is no reason for Barr not to seek to get the grand jury info to Congress, along with the full unredacted report. Committee members have security clearance, and congress has legitimate oversight responsibility. At this point, to me, Barr looks more like the president's personal lawyer trying to protect him, and not an AG.

  • WeThePeople Sandy, UT
    April 10, 2019 10:10 a.m.

    Why do the Disloyal Democrats keep going after this? It's a dead horse. A done deal. They lost. Trump won.

    The Mueller report exonerated Trump. Both Trump and Barr said so.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 10, 2019 9:20 a.m.

    Fred44 -Oversight or harassment? If you had heard some of the "questions" you would have also seen real harassment, not oversight!

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 10, 2019 9:02 a.m.

    Thid,

    Why, because they asked him real questions and when they got hard, he refused to answer. Oversight can be a tough thing. If you want to see rude and disrespectful take a look at some of the past work of Jason Chaffetz and Jim Jordan.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    April 10, 2019 8:37 a.m.

    I watched some of the testimony and the subsequent questions A.G. Barr received by many of the House Democrats and was shocked at how disrespectful, rude and hateful Democrat members were towards him! I hope the Senate will be more rational.