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As Democrats spent the past two years pushing the Russian collusion narrative, some Republicans have pushed back with a counter-narrative of their own: “Spygate,” which asserts that corrupt FBI and Justice Department officials in the Obama administration spied on the 2016 presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump.

Democrats and their media allies have denounced the Spygate narrative, but Congressional testimony delivered by Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday — in conjunction with Congressional testimony offered by a former FBI attorney in 2018 — would suggest that the Spygate narrative is true.

The Daily Caller reported that Barr — during an exchange with Senate Appropriations Committee member Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — told the senator, “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

“You’re not suggesting, though, that spying occurred?” Shaheen asked. After a moment of careful thought, Barr replied, “I think spying did occur. Yes, I think spying did occur.”

“But the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated,” he said. “I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”

Later in the hearing, asked to explain what led him to suspect spying had occurred, Barr replied, “I believe there is a basis for my concern, but I’m not going to discuss it.”

Barr revealed that he would be “reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of the intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016,” though he noted that his focus would be on the former “group of leaders there at the upper echelon,” and not the FBI in its entirety.

Of course, the left exploded with rage at the suggestion from Barr that Obama’s FBI and DOJ had spied on the Trump campaign, and many accused him of putting forward damning accusations with no supporting evidence. That’s a rather hypocritical assertion, given how the left pushed the Russian collusion theory for more than two years without any supporting evidence.

Unfortunately for the left, Barr’s assertion that the Obama administration spied on Trump’s campaign was ostensibly supported by a member of that “upper echelon” in Obama’s FBI, former General Counsel James Baker.

Baker testified twice behind closed doors, yet in an unclassified setting, with the then-Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee in October 2018. Transcripts of that testimony were recently made public by Republican Georgia Rep. Doug Collins.

On page 107 of the transcript of the second day of Baker’s testimony, he was asked directly by Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows if there had been multiple applications for surveillance warrants with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court related to alleged Russian collusion.

Baker’s FBI attorneys interrupted and refused to let Baker reply. They told Meadows that answering the question might reveal “quite sensitive and almost always classified” investigative techniques that could undermine or impede ongoing investigations — essentially the tired “sources and methods” excuse used to avoid revealing too much information.

Meadows drilled down and referenced multiple “unclassified” text messages between fired deputy director Andrew McCabe and former FBI attorney Lisa Page. Those texts suggested there had been multiple FISA warrants aimed at the Trump campaign, potentially as many as 17 separate FISA warrant applications.

When Baker’s lawyers still refused to allow an answer, Meadows cited a specific text between McCabe and Page on Oct. 19, 2016, in which Page informed McCabe that “There will be nine packages for you to sign, with the possibility of eight additional if the NSLB signs off on them.”

She added, “The FISA team will be delivering them at 7.”

Meadows rightly noted that the text indicated multiple FISA warrant applications and asked if anyone else on Trump’s campaign team — aside from adviser Carter Page — had been the subject of those applications. Despite repeatedly asking and reframing the question, Baker and his attorneys refused to provide an answer, though the FBI attorneys did promise to check into and get back to committee members with an answer in a classified setting.

If there were no spying on the Trump campaign by the Obama administration, then the questions from Meadows would have been quite simple for Baker to answer. The fact that he and his FBI handlers refused to answer the direct question would strongly indicate that Barr was correct in his Wednesday testimony — and cries to the contrary from Democrats and the media notwithstanding, there is evidence that Obama’s FBI spied on candidate Trump’s campaign in 2016.

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Bill

    April 13, 2019 at 1:59 am

    The ball is rolling. Does it bounce or roll, gathering info to strengthen Barr’s case or is there going to be bumps and roadblocks to deal with like there has been. I do believe Mr. Barr is the man to find the answers and prosecute the guilty party at the end. Heads are gonna be rolling soon if they don’t explode first. Get the buttered popcorn ready, the show is about to get good. Then the rallies are going to be a good preview to the next Trump landslide. And Gitmo won’t be so empty.

    • SMRSTRAUSS

      April 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

      Trump’s campaign was investigated because of two obvious facts: (1) Russia interfered in the 2016 election ON BEHALF OF TRUMP, and in fact Trump had asked Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s server (“Russia, if you are listening…”); (2) Many members of the Trump campaign had significant contacts with Russia and in fact Papadapolous had boasted of Russian help in a chat with an Australian diplomat. It would have been damn stupid NOT to investigate in those circumstances. BTW: The notion that the FBI or any US spying agency looked at any political secrets or election plans of the campaign, much less passed the information to the Democrats, is absurd. There isn’t a shred of a particle of an atom’s worth of evidence that any such thing happened—-and if it did happen we would have known about it long ago.

      • Hhjjjjj

        April 13, 2019 at 6:33 am

        Hahaha idiot.

      • Elsie

        April 13, 2019 at 7:30 am

        Question for you SMRSTRAUSS, after 2 years of Mueller investigation, what was the result?

      • Craig Collier

        April 13, 2019 at 8:01 am

        I must say sir, you must pull your head out of the Democrat sand. Quit watch CNN. You have been duped.

        • Dawn Campbell

          April 13, 2019 at 5:33 pm

          He a dumb one!

      • Len

        April 13, 2019 at 8:16 am

        You are a delusional asshole! There was no Russian collusion. You lost, goofy bitch! Stop trying to make an excuse! Your candidate sucked and lost because of it. And brace yourself you goofy bitch, it’s going to happen again in 2020!

      • Chris

        April 13, 2019 at 8:50 am

        You PPoA members are so foolish.

      • Grace Joy

        April 13, 2019 at 8:53 am

        Amazing how you look at facts; & simply twist them to fit your agenda.

      • MAC

        April 13, 2019 at 9:15 am

        All proven to be bogus. PROVEN. Lying to save face is a pathetic character flaw.

      • Sybil8

        April 13, 2019 at 9:16 am

        Keep drinking that cool aid

      • Carol

        April 13, 2019 at 10:34 am

        You best clear for head of the muck inside. You are wrong wrong wrong. Bring forth the proof of what you say. You cannot do it.

      • Milissa

        April 13, 2019 at 11:42 am

        Comey found no “collusion”
        McCabe found no “collusion”
        Strzok found no “collusion”
        Mueller and his team of 30+ democrats found no “collusion”
        Holy crap- contact them all straight away and give them this information that you have that they and 2.5 ears and THIRTY MILLION DOLLARS couldn’t find. It’s your civic duty.

    • Gonny

      April 13, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Democrats are going to use every Deep State actor they have to block Barr from getting to the truth!
      I hope Barr can block their obstructions because most Americans believe The Obama Administration did commit illegal spying on Pres. Trumps campaign and into his Presidency. It’s probably still happening that’s why MSM has so many leaks to report!
      God please help us this this nation back on track of being a law abiding country!!
      Democrats have proven how Evil & Corrupt they have become. Never Vote For Another Democrat! This political party has become the Nazi Party Of America.
      They hate America and are not doing 1 thing to help Americans. We deserve more than Resist, Obstruct
      My way or the Highway from Democrats!

  2. GyMack

    April 13, 2019 at 3:30 am

    AG Barr is a dirty guy, however, in this case he is identifying that Spying on the POTUS’s Campaign because of overwhelming evidence, did occur. He basically had no choice but to admit it.

    AG Barr is a Gun Grabber. During his conversation with Traitor Feinstein, he agreed with her stances on gun control, and was invited to her office to discuss how to proceed.

    If Barr chooses to go after the Criminals, he needs to charge them with trying to overthrow our Government and oust the POTUS.

  3. Severa Hill

    April 13, 2019 at 4:36 am

    AG BARR STICKS WITH THE LAWS IN THE BOOKS. HE IS NOT A DIRTY MAN, HE IS ONE WHO FOLLOWS THE LAWS. OUR POTUS WILL STILL BE OUR PRESIDENT AND AGAIN WILL WIN IN 2020. HE IS OUR BEST MAN TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I LOOK AT ALL HE HAS DONE FOR AMERICANS AND OUR COUNTRY AND CONTINUES TO WORK HARD TO PROTECT US FROM HARM AND KEEP IS SAFE. WE KNOW THERE WAS SPYING IN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN ALL THE EMAILS AND RECORDS STATE IT. AND THE ONE WHO BROKE WITH THE TRUTH IS THE ONE MAN WHO WAS THE NIS BOSS FOR OBAMA. HE SAID OBAMA TOLD THEM TO DO IT. I STAY UP WITH THE NEWS EVERYDAY ONE AMERICA NEWS AND FOX THE BEST ONES CAN BRING ON STRONG GUESTS WITH A LOT OF INFO. WE WILL KEEP TRUMP AT THE HELM CAUSE HE HAS DONE NOTHING WRONG ! THE EVIDENCE LEADS TO OBAMA, HILLARY AND THE ENTIRE HIGHER UPS AT THE FBI PLUS SOME IN CONGRESS. THE TOP GUY IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION JUST GOT INDICTED WITH VERY SERIOUS CRIMES. SO THE EVIDENCE LEADS TO THE DEMON CRATS BEING THE EVIL SPIRITED ONES AND CORRUPT AND CRIMINALS. SO I BELIEVE THAT WILLIAM BARR WILL GET TO THE VERY NITTY GRITTY EVIDENCE OF WHO COMMITED CRIMES. I HOPE HE HAS THEM INDICTED BEFORE A FEDERAL GRAND JURY.

  4. mike dar

    April 13, 2019 at 4:38 am

    The DNC Crime gang has realized they cannot buy the new Sherriff, cannot scare a person who really doesn’t need the job for greed or fame… Dominos are starting to fall as those smart enough, flip first and get ‘out from under’. We should soon see, like in the 90’s with the Clintons, well over a hundred people leave the country before being indicted.

  5. neo

    April 13, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Listen to the reactions of the democrats when the “investigations” are turned towards them. Be sure to notice that Muleface did NOT interview ONE democrat/liberal during his almost two years of “Russian Collusion”….then he wasn’t trying to discover something he knew from the first month….he was just trying to derail Trump’s presidency and hopefully provide information to get him impeached…..THAT was his ONLY job…

  6. J R

    April 13, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Not having to answer questions in an investigation is BULLSCHIDT. Hiding behind the 5th, despite it’s INTENTION is BULLSCHIDT. Hiding, withholding and destroying evidence is BULLSCHIDT. Listen up people…….our government is eyeball deep in corruption…….on BOTH sides, and the ability to skirt the law has to STOP. Your, my and all Americans FREEDOMS are at stake. The “money pit” that Washington has become is so big (any wonder why we are twenty one TRILLION in debt?) the greedy bastards are only working for THEMSELVES. What to do? Start with getting rid of anyone in congress that has been there for 12 or more years. Chill out……I’m not going to suggest that you must give up your BELOVED PARTY. Get rid of these people in the PRIMARIES. It’s the solution to TERM LIMITS that I rarely hear any opposition to.

  7. Rocky

    April 13, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Care to take any bets as to if anything of merit will be done about this? How many will go to jail, if any ?

    After Killary, many Americans lost all faith if any hint of a real Justice system. As long as she (and many others) have never been punished we have no law.

  8. James VanCise

    April 13, 2019 at 10:12 am

    It turns out that Carter Paige was under investigation even before Trump hired him. They had a FISA Warrant. Which part of this confounds you?

  9. Eric M.

    April 13, 2019 at 10:23 am

    @Rocky, have to agree with you dude, I’v been around long enough know that the only ones who will be “punished” (if any at all) are the ones at the very bottom rung of the expendables ladder.

    But then again, they will all probably commit suicide by shooting themselves twice in the back the head.

  10. Margie

    April 13, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    To all the Nazi Communist Democrats on the site:

    American People are clearly seeing that Democrats are attempting to OverThrow & Destroy America & American Values! Democrats have been bought with the Monster
    George Soros Money! Democrats are also brain deficient!

    Hey Russia if you are listening help America rid itself of the Democrats!! Trump 2020!!!
    Does this make me a Russian Spy? Lol , Crazy Lying Democrats

  11. Silas Longshot

    April 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Wondering what that smell is in DC? It’s 0bama’s political litter box. While it looks OK on the surface, if you dare start digging, you’re gonna have more zhit than you can imagine. Now that the ‘Russian Collusion’ BS has finally went flat, after 2 years, $30 million, and a team of foaming at the mouth, rabid Trump haters turning over every pebble on the east coast beach and FINDING NOTHING, the backwash from all that BS is now coming back in on the tide. Now, probably taking ANOTHER 2 years, we’ll start to trace it right back to 0bama’s crew, doing EXACTLY what they were told to do by OBAMA, who fully expected Hillary to finish the job of destroying America that HE STARTED.

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