The media is SO DAMN IRRESPONSIBLE.
The NYT tweeted that Barr said spying occurred on the Trump campaign...without any qualification, context, using "claimed' instead of said, nor a follow up correction.
And so this tweet lives on, misinforming the public.
However, no follow up was issued when Barr clarified his claim.
And this tweet lives on.
First, he said that he meant "unauthorized surveillance" not "spying."
"I AM NOT SAYING IMPROPER SURVEILLANCE OCCURED. I am saying that I am concerned about it and am looking into it. That's all."
He promised to do just that, under oath, during his confirmation hearing.
All three are surprisingly doing a decent job. MSNBC is doing it best.
They should still cover him...but they should do so cautiously and with the utmost context, skepticism, and qualifiers.
Graham: "Would it be odd that [Trump] was never really briefed...that [his] campaign may be targeted by [Russia]?"
Barr: "...I don't understand why the campaign was not advised."
Trump has lied repeatedly that he wasn't warned by the FBI.
Now, Graham and Barr are spreading the same lie...
Expect rehearsed "testimony" btwn Graham and Barr.
Including lies about:
1) Trump "wasn't" warned about Russia in 2016.
2) "Spying" / FISA.
3) DOJ Officials, FusionGPS + Chris Steele.
CORNYN: "Do you know whether or not a defensive briefing was ever given to the Trump Campaign by the FBI based on their counter-intelligence investigation...?"
BARR: "My understanding is THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN."
After that, it just gets worse.
He corrected the record with more lies.
“I have been told during the break that a LESSER KIND OF BRIEFING, a security briefing...apparently was given to the campaign in August.”
In Aug 2016, Trump AND the campaign were given a "DEFENSIVE BRIEFING" by the FBI, NOT a "lesser briefing."
How do I know? In a letter to then-Chairman Grassley in Oct 2017...THE DOJ called it a "Defensive Briefing."