CNN’s Toobin calls Barr’s statement a ‘dog whistle’ meant for Sean Hannity, frets Fox News is having a ‘party’


Jeffrey Toobin ranted repeatedly on multiple CNN programs about the fact that Attorney General William Barr stated in his testimony before a Senate panel Wednesday, “I think spying did occur” on the Trump campaign.

Barr said, “Spying on a campaign is a big deal … the question is whether it is predicated.”

Toobin apparently found it all quite outrageous and said the comment by the Attorney General was a “dog whistle” for Fox News, and one of the network’s leading hosts Sean Hannity, in particular.

You know it’s getting tough for the CNN provocateurs when they have to point at and fume about a so-called offense that no one else is able to discern. They call such stretching of reality “dog whistles.”

“I am not saying that improper surveillance occurred,” Barr told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. “I am concerned about it. There is a basis for my concern.”

Obviously, very scary stuff for the left, since the winds are now being directed at their feeble house of cards.

Toobin flailed about as he tried to drum up a case for furor against the AG during a CNN Wolf Blitzer panel discussion … he had apparently drawn the short straw in the CNN locker room and was left with the dog-whistle angle for the day. He said, the “dog whistle was to Sean Hannity” and that “it was a big deal.”

“Bill Barr is a classic demonstration of what’s happened to the Republican Party,” Toobin said.

He commented that Barr used to be an establishment figure, but no more. “Establishment” apparently meaning he was backstroking in the swamp?

“Now it is a Fox News party where they,” Toobin continued, “… and you saw this in his confirmation hearing, talking about uranium one, all these fantasies about Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoing. This is how he (Barr) talks because he is part of that party now, and that party thinks the FBI, the CIA, everybody is conspiring to get Donald Trump, and they now have their attorney general.”

The attorney general said he planned to examine the “genesis and the conduct” of the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The investigation concluded that there was not collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Now, there is an ongoing pivot to look at how the hoax began and who was involved.

Also on Wednesday, President Trump commented that the Mueller investigation was “illegal” and an “attempted coup.” He expressed his support for a review by Barr. “There is a hunger for this to happen,” he said.

Among the issues Barr said he would look into is why the Trump campaign was not notified in advance by federal authorities of its examination of Russian election interference. “I don’t understand why the campaign was not advised,” Barr said.

In his Wednesday testimony, Barr said that he planned to ask other DOJ officials to probe whether the department abused its surveillance powers. He indicated he hadn’t formed a view of whether the department or other intelligence agencies acted improperly, but the sensitivity of using national security tools to investigate the conduct of a political campaign requires careful scrutiny.

He said that he did not view surveillance abuse as “a problem endemic to the FBI,” but that there was likely “a failure among a group of leaders there.”

Source: Toobin: Barr dog whistle by CNN


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