comScore Jerry Nadler Says William Barr's Claims About Spying on Trump Campaign 'Directly Contradict' Previous DOJ Comments

Rep. Jerry Nadler Says AG Barr’s Claims About Spying on Trump Campaign ‘Directly Contradict’ Previous DOJ Comments

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, pushed back against Attorney General William Barr saying he is concerned the Department of Justice spied on then-candidate Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign.

“I think spying did occur, yes. I think spying did occur,” Barr told Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

In response, Nadler said Barr’s comments were “directly contradict what DOJ previously told us”:

Barr later clarified what he meant in the early afternoon.

“You indicated––I tried to at least reflect on what your quote was, that you thought spying on a political campaign occurred in the course of an intelligence agency’s investigation into Russian interference in 2016,” Senator Jerry Moran (R- KS) said.

“I thought the question was did I have any basis for saying that,” Barr replied.

“And I’m now asking what the basis is or what the facts are that lead you to that thought,” Moran asked.

“Okay. I felt — I am concerned about it, and I was asked about whether there was any basis for it,” Barr explained. “I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I’m not going to discuss the basis.”

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.