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Gotta call this out.


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.
The Washington Post did a better job...they provided context, conveyed the gravity of such an assertion, and used "thinks" instead of presenting the claim as a fact.

However, no follow up was issued when Barr clarified his claim.

And this tweet lives on.
#WATCH: Barr was ultimately forced to clarify.

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."
#RELATED: Of course, the revelation of Barr's improper partisan probe is not surprising...

He promised to do just that, under oath, during his confirmation hearing.

#NOTE: This is how the cable networks are covering it.

All three are surprisingly doing a decent job. MSNBC is doing it best.
#FTR: Ultimately, across the board, the media is STRUGGLING to keep up with the deception with which this AG is operating.

They should still cover him...but they should do so cautiously and with the utmost context, skepticism, and qualifiers.
#WATCH: Barr + Graham FALSELY claim that the FBI didn't warn Trump about Russia in 2016.


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."
#REMEMBER: Both Trump and Clinton were warned directly by the FBI in Summer 2016 that Russia COULD TRY TO INFILTRATE or SPY ON THEIR CAMPAIGNS.

Trump has lied repeatedly that he wasn't warned by the FBI.

Now, Graham and Barr are spreading the same lie...
#NOTE: Barr will appear before the Senate Judiciary Cmte. on May 1st.

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.
#ICYMI: After Barr LIED again, claiming the FBI did not give Trump a "Defensive Briefing" in 2016...

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.”
#FACTCHECK: Even Barr's correction was ANOTHER LIE under oath.

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."
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