Democrats Express Fake Outrage Over Barr’s “Spying” Remarks
The Democrats and their cohorts in the media were at their theatrical best on Wednesday, feigning outrage over Attorney General William Barr’s contention that “spying did occur” inside the Trump campaign during the run-up to the 2016 election. Everyone from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd took turns demonstrating just how startled and “alarmed” they were that Barr would speak such ugly, partisan words from his hallowed perch at the top of the Justice Department.
“He must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the attorney general.”
“Let me just say how very, very dismaying and disappointing that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails, yesterday and today,” Pelosi said during a news conference. “He is the attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”
Da Nang Dick Blumenthal said, “The attorney general must retract his unfounded, irresponsible claim.”
On his Wednesday edition of “MTP Daily,” Chuck Todd said, “The country’s chief law enforcement officer went in front of Congress and gave credence to a factless conspiracy theory. Using the word ‘spying’ plays into the president’s language that the Russia investigation to him is just a witch hunt. Every time they’ve brought up this allegation, there has been zero factual basis for it. Every effort to perpetuate the spying conspiracy theory has been debunked.”
Is that right?
The truth of the matter is that, as the leftists like to put it, this is settled science. No, there is no evidence that the Obama administration literally “wiretapped” Trump Tower, but there is an abundance of readily-available, uncontested evidence that the FBI did indeed have members of the Trump campaign under surveillance. This included putting Carter Page under electronic surveillance in October 2016, using authorization from the FISA Court. To obtain this authorization, the FBI relied heavily, if not exclusively, on the now-discredited Steele dossier.
“I think spying did occur,” Barr said at his hearing. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting it was not adequately predicated. But I need to explore that.”
That is not a controversial thing to say. Only in Democrat World is this proof of Barr’s loyalties to Trump over the country. They are so used to having the run of this game that they are astonished to see how it has all turned sour on them in a matter of days. They’re willing to exaggerate any claim, tell any lie, and gaslight any American in order to keep alive the conspiracy theory that has been the beating heart of their party for two years. And the media, which has perhaps an even bigger stake in this nonsense than the Democrats, is more than willing to go right along with them.