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Barr: Spying Occurred in 2016
News Bytes 04/12/2019 29 Comments

In an appearance before a Senate panel on Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr declared he thinks “spying did occur” during the 2016 presidential election—only it was against Donald Trump’s campaign. Barr’s concerns suggest that the Russia investigation may have been mishandled from the beginning.

Appearing before a Senate budget panel, Barr ended up mostly fielding questions about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. At one point, Barr seemed to allude to a warrant the FBI obtained on a former Trump campaign aide. During questioning on the matter, Barr stated, “Yes, I think spying did occur” and that he considered spying on a political campaign to be a “big deal.” Barr did not say exactly what spying may have taken place. He later added that although he did not have specific evidence of wrongdoing, “I do have questions about it.”

At the hearing, senators appeared taken aback by Barr’s use of the word “spying.” Barr is an experienced public figure who chooses his words carefully. (Imagine being known for such a character trait! “Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.” — Proverbs 17:27)

It’s not clear whether Barr realized what a political storm he’d create in using the word “spying.”

Barr's remarks boost Trump supporters who insist his 2016 campaign was unfairly targeted by the FBI. But the statements inflame Democrats already frustrated by Barr's handling of the Mueller report—especially the release of a four-page summary letter last month that they say is overly favorable to the president.

The attorney general has stated that he expects to release a redacted (edited to avoid legal or security issues) version of the report next week.

(Attorney General William Barr appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to make his Justice Department budget request, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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1st comment

I think it's awesome that this guy is known for choosing his words carefully. I hope this situation gets cleared up quick!

2nd comment

That's crazy, I don't know what else to say.

Ι αγρεε, Λενα Π., Ι ηοπε τηισ

Ι αγρεε, Λενα Π., Ι ηοπε τηισ γετσ ψλεαρεδ θπ φαστ!

Whoops!! Sorry, I was

Whoops!! Sorry, I was writing in Greek!! What I meant to say was I agree, Lena P., I hope this gets cleared up fast!!


I saw this guys face on the news thismornig!!! Wow!! Spying? dose he have any evidance of that? and I wonder who's spying? this is interesting. (66)



@Alyssa S.

I put "Ι αγρεε, Λενα Π., Ι ηοπε τηισ γετσ ψλεαρεδ θπ φαστ!" into google translate and the result was "I'm afraid, Lena P. I do not want to eat fast!"
Are you sure that's right?

Elsie (Emelias sister)

Mmmmmm....I just got the chills!
Zack, Thats what I got from google translate too! Maybe its a malfunction?

9th comment ( Drew's Sister)

Alyssa S I searched your Message in Greek and it translated into I agree Lena P.
Also how do you write in different languages???

This is what my translating

This is what my translating app got! I agree, Lena P., I iope tiis get pslear thp fast! I'm afraid, Lena P., I did not want to eat it! Mine for some reason gave me two options

@ all of you!

so what!! that looked funto me!!! I didnt understand a thing!!!

@Nadia A

I really wasn't trying to pick on Alyssa S. I was just saying it's weird how all of our translating apps said different things.

TO above

I didint mean to ay tha you were picking on her!! ok its a long storie...I had 3min to typ a comment and 1min to read them all so I have read the and then tryed to tpy a comment with the keys have shoing and I didnt rilly see what I was riting so I am going to translate that now and see wat i get!


how do you get google to tranlate it? can somone help?

Ok I got it this is what i got. . .

I agree, Lena II., I. Horie tiis FET psleared fast r.t. that looks kind of weard to me?!!


I did it agean and I got this. yellows, Lena P., I have done it fast!

oh my!

I did it agean and I got this!! I'm afraid, Lena P., I did not want to eat it! this is werad!


I got this! I'm afraid, Lena P., I do not think so. this is............?

varavacation here

I am NOT trying to pick on Alyssa S!! I just wanted to see what it would give me.

@ Alyssa s

This is wat you ment to write.

Συμφωνώ, Λένα Π, ελπίζω ότι αυτό γίνεται ξεκαθαρίσει γρήγορα !!

@ everyone

No offense, but we're getting a little off topic here... Alyssa S. corrected her statement by translating what she was going to say into English. I know y'all aren't trying to be mean, but after all, the article is about spying and stuff and not about Greek and Google Translate. Once again, NOT trying to offend anyone!!

To Above

I agree, lets get back on topic : )

@ the two above comments

i know sorry. : (

Sorry about the Greek,

Sorry about the Greek, everyone!! I thought I was writing in English, but the letters are Greek, so that's why Google translate translated it strangely; also, I'm not sure if you were using the koine Greek(ancient Greek) or modern; I was using ancient Greek.

Nadia A.

Yeah, if I was trying to write in Greek, I probably would have used that sentence:)

@ Alyssa S

sorry if it seamed that I was piking on you I did not intend to do that. pleas say so if you were offended.


I think its nice that you learn Greek!

Oh no, Nadia, you did NOT

Oh no, Nadia, you did NOT offend in the LEAST BIT=)



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