Attorney General William Barr said this week that he’s investigating the origins of the Russia probe — which he and President Trump have characterized as “spying” — because he was not satisfied with the information he found after reviewing how surveillance was conducted.
“Like many other people who are familiar with intelligence activities, I had a lot of questions about what was going on,” Barr said during an interview with “CBS This Morning,” which aired Friday. “I assumed I’d get answers when I went in, and I have not gotten answers that are, well, satisfactory, and in fact I probably have more questions, and that some of the facts that, that I’ve learned don’t hang together with the official explanations of what happened.”
Barr has taken heat for adopting Trump’s use of the word “spying” to discuss the surveillance of some members of Trump’s campaign during the onset of the Russia probe. During the CBS interview, Barr again reiterated that it was a “perfectly good English word, I’ll continue to use it.”
“It’s part of the craziness of the modern day that if a president uses a word then all of a sudden it becomes off bounds,” he said.
Watch the full interview here.