Fired FBI James Comey pathetically tried to play dumb on Thursday when asked about Attorney General William Barr revealing that the Obama administration did spy on the Trump campaign.
While speaking at a Hewlett Foundation conference, Comey was asked about Barr testifying earlier this week that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
At first, Comey tried to act oblivious and as if he had no idea what Barr was talking about.
“With respect to Barr’s comment, I have no idea what he’s talking about when he talks about spying on the campaign and so I can’t really react,” Comey said.
Comey then tried to argue that he would define spying in a different way, but ended up proving Barr’s point.
“The FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance, “Comey said. “I have never thought of that as spying…and if the Attorney General has come to the belief that that should be called ‘spying’ – WOW!”
“But I don’t know what he meant by that term — and factually I don’t know what he meant because I don’t know of any court-ordered electronic surveillance aimed at the Trump campaign and that’s the reason for my confusion,” Comey added.
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While testifying on Wednesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Barr point-blank told lawmakers that he has reason to believe that there was spying on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr said to Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
“You’re not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?” Shaheen followed up.
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“I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur. But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated,” Barr said.
“I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that,” he added.
Later on in the hearing Barr implied that he had information that made him believe the FBI surveilled the Trump campaign without authorization.
“I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I’m not going to discuss it,” Barr stated.
Later in the hearing, Barr also said he plans to investigate the FBI over the spying and why this ever took place.
“I’m not suggesting that those rules were violated, but I think it’s important to look at that,” Barr noted.
“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of the intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016,” he said.
Comey was fired in May 2017 and even admitted to leaking classified information to a friend so that he could give them to the media.
Comey knows that the FBI spied on the Trump campaign during the election, and he played dumb because he probably never thought Barr would call them out for it.