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After 2-year ‘witch hunt,’ furious Schumer demands Barr cough-up evidence of spying ‘conspiracy’ or retract

Led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Democrats have called for Attorney General Bill Barr to retract his factual assertion (or “conspiracy theory,” as they put it, ironically enough) that the Obama administration had spied on President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

“AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign ‘did occur,’” Schumer tweeted late Wednesday, hours after Barr testified to the Senate Appropriations Committee that “spying did occur” and that he seeks to determine “whether it was adequately predicated.”

“AG Barr must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up. Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General.”

The Senate minority leader’s tweet was riddled with lies. The AG never said that “he had no evidence to support his claim” that spying occurred. The attorney general simply rightly noted that it’s unclear at this point whether the spying that did occur was justified and proper.

“I just want to make it clear, thinking back on all the different colloquies here, that I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred. I am saying I am concerned about it and looking into it, that’s all,” he reportedly said near the end of Wednesday’s tumultuous hearing.

Moreover, the notion by Schumer that the attorney general’s acknowledgment of the truth — which is that former President Barack Hussein Obama’s administration had spied on Trump — is equivalent to him touting a conspiracy theory is false, inflammatory and divisive, especially in light of the evidence.

Included among the evidence are the disturbing text messages exchanged by disgraced former FBI special agent Peter Strzok and disgraced former FBI attorney Lisa Page.

“Those texts include messages between Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page proving the FBI took steps to infiltrate Trump’s campaign with spies in December 2015,” One America News Network reported last month. “The unredacted text shows Strzok and Page discussing lures, which means spies, and the word oconus , which means outside the continental United States.”

According to Fox News, one of those “lures” was Stefan Halper, “an American professor who reportedly is deeply connected with British and American intelligence agencies.”

“During the 2016 campaign, Halper contacted several members of the Trump campaign, including former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former aide Carter Page,” Fox reported Wednesday.

“Page also was the subject of several Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants during the campaign — which is an issue at the heart of the IG’s investigation. Republicans, including President Trump, have alleged misconduct in the bureau and Justice Department’s handling of those FISA warrants.”

Because of the high possibility of misconduct by the Obama administration, Barr has vowed to piece together a team to examine the administration’s counterintelligence operation into Trump so as to determine whether it was conducted by the books. Leading the team will be him.

“I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted in the summer of 2016,” he said during testimony delivered Tuesday to the House Appropriations Subcommittee.

But for some inexplicable reason, his interest in ensuring that the Obama Justice Department dotted their i’s and crossed their t’s has inspired fear and outrage among Democrats like Schumer.

Some social media users believe this fear might be based on worries of what the attorney general’s investigation of the investigators might inevitably wind up turning up and “exposing.”

Look:

AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign “did occur.”

AG Barr must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up.

Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General.

AG Barr admitted he had no evidence to support his claim that spying on the Trump campaign “did occur.”

AG Barr must retract his statement immediately or produce specific evidence to back it up.

Perpetuating conspiracy theories is beneath the office of the Attorney General.

The president has for his part made it clear that he believes Barr’s investigation into the investigators will unravel an actual conspiracy the likes of which hasn’t been seen since Watergate.

“It was an illegal investigation. … Everything about it was crooked,” he reportedly told reporters on Wednesday, adding that the investigation was essentially an attempted “coup.”

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