FBI Director Chris Wray told senators that he would not describe the federal government’s surveillance — such as that conducted on President Trump’s 2016 campaign — as “spying,” as Attorney General William Barr has, NBC News reports.
Said Wray: “That’s not the term I would use. I mean, look, there are a lot of people that have different colloquial phrases. I believe that the FBI is engaged in investigative activity and part of that activity is surveillance activity of different shapes and sizes, and to me the key question is making sure that it’s done by the book, consistent with our lawful authorities. That’s the key question, different people use different colloquial phrases.”