Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) spoke to Fox News on Thursday about his concerns with the way Democratic lawmakers are reacting to Attorney General William Barr’s claim that there was “spying” on President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election.
During the interview, Biggs pointed out that it was widely known that there were investigations into the campaign, which is what Barr was referring to.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt,” Biggs said. “We learned this in the Inspector General’s report that was released a year ago that the FISA reports that authorized spying on Carter Page actually took place and the basis for getting those warrants was an oppo research piece.”
He then called out Democratic lawmakers for denying something that clearly happened.
“I feel like the Democrats are living in an alternative universe. This is nothing new. And ‘spying’ is nothing more than saying somebody was gathering intelligence or information surreptitiously,” Biggs said. “They’re taking it, and they want to inflame this thing, but they know it’s true.”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined with other lawmakers in claiming that Barr was an agent of Trump and only investigating to protect the president.
“Let me just say, I’m very, very dismayed and disappointed that the chief law enforcement officer of our country is going off the rails yesterday and today. He is attorney general of the United States of America, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”
During Barr’s testimony on Wednesday, he claimed he was reviewing the original investigation for misconduct.
“I think spying did occur. The question is whether it was adequately predicated,” Barr said. “Congress is usually very concerned with intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies staying in their proper lane.”
After pushback from Democrats, Barr rephrased his statement later on as “unnecessary surveillance.” While he said that he would release the redacted version of the Mueller report next week, he did not say when there will be an update on the spying investigation.