Comey: 'I have no idea' what Barr meant with 'spying' comment
Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDems say attorney general undermined credibility with Trump talking point Debunking the media myth that Lester Holt’s interview caught Trump in obstruction Comey: ‘I accept that Bill Barr’s letter accurately portrays’ Mueller report MORE responded Thursday to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrRosenstein: ‘Bizarre’ to say Barr misleading public on Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Assange faces US charges after arrest | Trump says WikiLeaks ‘not my thing’ | Uber officially files to go public | Bezos challenges retail rivals on wages | Kremlin tightens its control over internet Dems say attorney general undermined credibility with Trump talking point MORE saying there was “spying” on the Trump campaign, reportedly saying he has “no idea” what Barr means.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment,” Comey said at a Hewlett Foundation conference.
Comey added that he thinks Barr’s career reputation should earn him the “presumption” that he “will stand up for truth.”
“I think his career has earned him a presumption that he will be one of the rare Trump Cabinet members who will stand up for truth,” Comey reportedly said, adding that “language like this makes it harder.”
Comey, speaking at Hewlett Verify cybersecurity conference in San Fransisco, responds to Barr’s “spying” comments: “I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment.”
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) April 11, 2019
Comey also added re: Barr: “I think that his career has earned him the presumption that he will be one of the rare cabinet members who will stand up for things like truth… language like this makes it harder.” https://t.co/AZ9wf6LR04
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) April 11, 2019
Barr made the remark Wednesday during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, saying he thinks the Trump campaign was spied on and adding that he needs to “explore” the issue.
“I think spying did occur,” Barr said. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated, and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”