By reasonable standards, Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to interrogate Attorney General William Barr over the Mueller report was a shitshow of epic proportions.
Democrats are furious that Barr quickly subjected the rogue special counsel to the oversight that was lacking under the miserable tenure of spineless Jeff Sessions and brought what was an endless witch hunt into President Trump to a long overdue close.
Barr essentially pissed in the impeachment party punchbowl and Democrats have temporarily shifted their entire arsenal of slime bombs to the front lines in the war on the former AG who returned to service at a time when his country needed him the most.
The Dems conducted themselves like petulant children and insufferable assholes during the hearing by constantly berating and smearing Barr but the attorney general more than held his own and in what was one of the best examples of how he views his tormentors, he bitch smacked Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse during a round of questioning that made the lawmaker looking like the fool that he has always been.
The best part was Whitehouse’s idiotic attempt to redefine the word “spy” even as evidence continues to be made public that spying on Trump and associates is exactly what Obama’s corrupt intelligence services engaged in.
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Attorney General Bill Barr shuts down Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-NJ) after Whitehouse gets upset over Barr's use of the term "spying"pic.twitter.com/2TQNh73jmR
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Via The Washington Examiner:
Barr was asked about his usage of the word during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, after complaints by Democrats that it unfairly pinned blame on the Obama administration for spying on a political adversary.
“Have you ever referred to authorized department investigative activities, officially or publicly, as spying? I’m not asking for private conversations,” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asked.
I’m not going to abjure the use of the word spying. I don’t think — you know, my first job was in the CIA — I don’t think the word spying has any pejorative connotation at all. To me the question is always whether or not it is authorized and adequately predicated, spying,” Barr replied. “I think spying is a good English word that in fact doesn’t have synonyms because it is the broadest word incorporating all forms of covert intelligence collections. So I’m not going to back off of the word spying … and I use it frequently as the media.”
Barr said he did not go into the hearing intending to use the word spying, as he said it off the cuff, saying it was confusing when he was asked if he wanted to change his words.
“I was actually thinking, like, what’s the issue? I don’t consider it a pejorative, and frankly, we went back and looked at press usage and up until all the faux outrage a couple weeks ago, it’s commonly used in the press to refer to authorized activities,” Barr said.
“It is not commonly used by the department,” Whitehouse said.
“It’s commonly used by me,” Barr said before the hearing took a break.
Here’s the full exchange between the two: