The word ‘spying’ angers Democrats
To the editor:
Attorney General William Barr testified Wednesday [May 1] in front of the Senate Judicial Committee on special counsel Robert Muller’s report. I don’t usually watch C-Span on TV because it can be so boring but if you missed it, Google it under “William Barr testimony” for a full replay. You owe it to yourself.
Each Democrat senator tried to bully Bill Barr incessantly trying to prove he covered up the findings in Mueller’s report.
However, the full unredacted report (except for 0.1 percent) is available to each of these senators. If there is any cover up, can’t they reference this report to prove their accusations? As of yesterday, no Democratic senator has taken the time to go over to the Justice Department to read this full report. There is nothing there and they know it!
Barr did announce to the committee that the Justice Department will now look into how the Steele Dossier came to be, how it became the focal point for the FISA warrant to spy on the Trump election campaign, and how it possibly became policy for the Obama Justice Department to spy on private individuals working for the opposition party. He also said he would re-address Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for top secret documents.
The Democrats are outraged by Barr’s use of the word spying. But as Barr said Wednesday, “I don’t think [spying] has a pejorative connotation at all.”
Barr told Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), “Spying is a good English word that, in fact, doesn’t have synonyms, because it is the broadest word, incorporating all forms of covert intelligence collection. I’m not going to back off the word spying.”