Anderson Cooper: AG Barr is ‘Fueling the Flames of Conspiracy’ With Spy Talk
CNN’s Anderson Cooper lambasted Attorney General William Barr Friday night, accusing him of “fueling the flames of conspiracy” after his appearance on Fox News and talk of “spying” and a “witch hunt.”
“[Barr’s] doubling down without evidence on his comments that there were unauthorized spying on the Trump campaign,” Cooper said at the top of his show. “This on the same week it was revealed Barr tapped a prosecutor, making it the third investigation into the investigators, something the president, of course, has pushed for over and over and over for years. Now maybe the investigators will find something or maybe they won’t. But in the meantime, Mr. Barr seems to be content with chumming the waters of conspiracy.”
He then played a clip of Barr’s interview on Fox News.
When asked about possible spying of the Trump campaign, Barr told Fox News this: “Well, I’m not going to speculate about when it started. We’re going to find out when it. I have been trying to get answers to questions and I found a lot of the answers have been inadequate. I have also found that some of the explanations I have gotten don’t hang together. So in a sense, I have more questions today than I did when I first started.”
After the clip aired, Cooper criticized how Barr left a huge, gaping hole with his response, just rife for conspiracy theories.
“You’re not going to speculate, but there was spying,” Cooper said, attempting to sum up Barr’s claim. “What does that mean that he just it could mean everything. It could also mean nothing. And I think that’s the point. The hole there is so big you can back up 1,000 conspiracy trucks and fill them up.”
Cooper further noted that Barr’s claims were not limited to Fox News.
“In a separate interview The Wall Street Journal, Barr appeared more certain. He said government power was used to spy on American citizens. Of course, spy is a loaded term with nefarious connotations… He throws out the word spy and rolls on, which he’s done now a few times since assuming the office of Attorney General.”
Finally, Cooper pointed out that Barr has also assumed a very Trumpian term: “witch hunt.”
“I think if I had been falsely accused, I would be comfortable saying it was a witch hunt,” Barr is heard saying in the clip aired by Cooper.
Then, after the clip ended, Cooper said this: “So that’s the head of the Department of Justice saying he’d be comfortable calling a Department of Justice investigation into Russian meddling a witch hunt, a phrase clearly designed to light up the pleasure centers in President Trump’s brain.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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