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Simple answer - it's both! Electronic surveillance is spying. So why do we have some scratching their heads over AG Bill Barr's assertion that he believed that spying did occur with the Trump campaign? Yesterday ex-FBI Director James Comey seemed confused:
"With respect to Barr's comments, I really don't know what he's talking about when he talks about spying on the campaign," Comey said. "It's very concerning because the FBI, the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance. I have never thought of that as spying."
Okay, so everyone grab your Google box and look up the word spying. With some slight variations if used as a noun, it's a person secretly collecting and reporting things and stuff about an enemy or competitor. If used as a verb, it is the act itself of secretly collecting such information.
Once everyone is okay with the language, then look up "Carter Page and FISA" to read up on how the FBI made an application to a secret court to wiretap Page and, through the two-hop rule, most everyone else on the Trump campaign.
The most important issue is whether this wiretapping / spying / electronic surveillance was legal. This is what Barr wants to investigate and should to ease the mind of all Americans.
For those who may need a little more proof, look up "Stefan Halper and spying." There's tons to read and reflect upon with Halper, the FBI, and informant spying.
Again, what Barr is indicating is that he would like to review these actions and determine if they were legally executed. If they were, no big deal - book closed.
If they weren't, time to pull out more indictments and clean up a little more of the swamp.