Jim Jordan defended Attorney General William Barr during the House Judiciary Committee. William Barr had claimed that the Obama-Biden administration had been spying on Trump’s political campaign in 2016 — and when he had made the statement in April 2019, they started attacking him.
Why and when the spying happened?
Attorney General William P. Barr claimed in 2019 that spying was done on Trump’s political campaign during the 2016 elections. The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a woman to London as a part of a counterintelligence inquiry. The Bureau wanted to understand the link of Trump’s campaign to Russia. According to Trump and his allies, this was an attempt to undermine his electoral chances. He then termed it Spygate.
American Law Enforcement and Intelligence officials decided to use Ms. Azra Turk in operation. The FBI was trying to determine the scope of Russia’s attempt to disrupt the 2016 elections. Ms. Turk went to London and was working alongside an experienced informant, Cambridge Professor Stefan A. Halper.
Ms. Turk met Mr. Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide in London. The operation yielded no useful information, but officials considered it important. None of the information was made public.
Barr said that spying did occur, and it is necessary to explore that it was adequately predicted. He stated that their efforts to stop the threat were fairly weak — as the inquiry had used the information given by the informant and the wiretap of Trump’s campaign adviser, Carter Page, who had had interaction with a Russian Intelligence Officer.
What did Jim Jordan say?
In the recent House hearing, Republican Jim Jordan defended General Barr. He said that the Democrats are upset that Barr condemned the FBI for spying on President Trump’s election campaign. He then stated the 17 lies that the Obama-Biden administration told the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. This was done to obtain surveillance orders against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as stated by an Inspector General.
He then talked about the allegations made against President Donald Trump for viewing water sports affectionately. He stated that a salacious and unverified dossier was used to fire Carter Page. The matter was taken to FISA court after being paid by the Clintons, as stated by Jordan. Christopher Steele, who wrote the document, wanted to stop Trump from getting elected. He claims that 15 more lies were told in court, and each of them was outlined by the Inspector General in his 400-page report.
He complained that the Judiciary Committee Chair has refused to hold hearings on the alleged Spygate Scandal. He further added that they are blocking Michael Horowitz from testifying before the committee.
According to him, the investigation was done without any basis, and it came out in public because of Grenell, who released the transcript of their testimony. He claimed that the Democrats attack him daily and have filed articles of impeachment against him. He thanked William Barr, the Attorney General, for calling out the spying that had happened in 2016.
He slammed the previous administration for doing politicizing the Department of Justice. He proved himself by showing a seven-minute video of battle scenes between protesters and law enforcement officials, labeled as ‘Peaceful Protests’ by a journalist.
What opposition says?
Democrats led by Jerrold Nadler said that Barr has corruptly done Trump’s bidding and is behind the wrongful deployment of federal officers in the city without the locals’ consent. He blamed the administration for the situation of unrest and violence in the country.
He also claimed that the administration is affecting the Department of Justice’s decisions by giving protection to the President’s friend and punishing his enemies — and that justice is being denied. He then said that the administration has turned the Department of Justice into its puppet and has corrupted it.
Barr had opened his statement by stating that he acted in complete freedom and doing what he felt was right. He stated that the President was not attempting to interfere with his decisions. He then closed his statement by defending his previous actions — including selecting Richard Donoghue as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and reviewing allegations involving Americans’ misconduct in Ukraine.