Fox "hard news" anchor Bret Baier calls the difference between spying and a FISA-approved wiretap rhetorical "hair splitting"
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From the May 7 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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BRET BAIER (HOST): Byron I guess the question is, splitting hairs here rhetorically, in whether the FISA authorization was based on something that the FISA judges did not know was not real.
BYRON YORK (GUEST): You're right, it is all parsing. If you just look at the actual facts, the FBI did wiretap Carter Page, it was a court-approved wiretap, but it was a wiretap. They use a confidential informant, the college professor named Stefan Halper, to seek information on Page and George Papadopoulos. And recently we found out that they used an undercover agent who went by the alias Azra Turk to try to tease information out of George Papadopoulos. That was undercover. If you have undercover agents and you have wiretaps, a lot of people would say that is the stuff of spying. Clearly there is a rhetorical battle, but these actual facts are what they are.