Watch Barr double down on Trump spying claims in heated exchange


>>IT’S IN HIS REPORT.>>I’M NOT SURE WHAT HE MEANS BY THAT IN THE REPORT.>>WITH RESPECT TO THE WORD — CAN I HAVE A MINUTE? I JUST WANT TO NAIL DOWN. YOU USED THE WORD SPYING ABOUT AUTHORIZED D.O.J. INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES.>>ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MY TESTIMONY BEFORE THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS?>>YES. IN THE ENTIRETY OF YOUR PREVIOUS CAREER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INCLUDING AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, HAVE YOU EVER REFERRED TO AUTHORIZED DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATIVE ACTIVITIES OFFICIALLY OR PUBLICLY AS SPYING? I’M NOT ASKING FOR PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS.>>I’M NOT GOING TO ABJURE THE USE OF THE WORD SPYING. MY FIRST JOB IS C.I.A. AND I DON’T THINK THE WORD SPYING HAS A PEJORATIVE CONNOTATION, WHETHER OR NOT IT’S AUTHORIZED AND ADEQUATELY PREDICATED SPYING. SPYING IS A GOOD ENGLISH WORD THAT DOESN’T HAVE SYNONYMS BECAUSE IT IS THE BROADEST WORD INCORPORATING REALLY ALL FORMS OF COVERT INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION. I’M NOT GOING TO BACK OFF THE WORD SPYING EXCEPT I WILL SAY I’M NOT SUGGESTING ANY PEJORATIVE AND I USE IT FREQUENTLY.>>WAS IT OFF THE CUFF IN THE MEETING THAT DAY?>>IT WAS OFF THE CUFF TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH. AND WHEN THE SENATOR — THE — THE PERSON FROM HAWAII, WHEN HE CHALLENGED ME AND SAID YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING LIKE WHAT IS THE ISSUE? I DON’T CONSIDER IT A PEJORATIVE. BUT FRANKLY, WE WENT BACK AND LOOKED AT PRESS USAGE AND UP UNTIL ALL THE FULL OUTRAGE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO IT’S USED IN THE PRESS TO REFER TO AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES. SPY COURT.>>IT IS NOT COMMONLY USED BY THE DEPARTMENT. MY TIME IS

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