During the impeachment hearings involving Bill Clinton, he was asked a question about having sex and he went into the now infamous ‘it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.
That statement has become a classic joke used by many to avoid admitting what they had done.
Earlier this week, Attorney General William Barr told members of Congress that spying on political opponents is very bad and that he believed that the FBI did spy on the Trump campaign.
Former FBI Director James Comey resorted to a Bill Clinton defense when he stated that there is a difference between surveillance and spying.
Fox News – Comey scoffs at Barr testimony, claims ‘surveillance’ is not ‘spying’ – Former FBI Director James Comey joined the chorus of Democratic critics complaining about Attorney General Bill Barr’s testimony this week that “spying did occur” against the 2016 Trump campaign, claiming he has no idea what the Justice Department leader is talking about — and saying he “never thought of” electronic surveillance as “spying.”
Comey sought to draw a distinction between surveillance — which was authorized against a Trump adviser — and spying during a cybersecurity conference in California on Thursday, echoing Democratic lawmakers who have accused Barr of going too far in his Senate testimony this week.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about so it’s hard for me to comment,” Comey said.
“When I hear that kind of language used, it’s concerning because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance,” he continued. “I have never thought of that as spying.” …
Notice that Comey did not deny the fact that the FBI conducted surveillance on the Trump campaign, only deflected Barr’s accusation by turning to semantics.
I looked up surveillance on Dictionary.com and scrolled down to a box of Related Words, I found:
“Control, supervision, scrutiny, examination, vigilance, inspection, care, wiretap, lookout, direction, tap, spying…” [emphasis mine]
Looking up spy on Dictionary.com, and in the same box of Related Words, I found some of the same words or forms of the same words, including examine, scrutinize, lookout.
Kind of blows Comey’s defense out of the water, doesn’t it?
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