Sessions’ Semantics Lesson: Saying ‘Hoax’ Is A Bridge Too Far But ‘Spying’ Is Fine

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Ex-Attorney General Jeff Sessions is laying down the gauntlet on Trumpworld semantics.

“Hoax…is a strong way to say ‘this is bogus’,” Sessions said at a conference Wednesday that was televised on MSNBC, referring to President Trump’s repeated criticism of the Mueller investigation. “That’s his language and we have gotten used to it,” he added with a shrug.

He’s more on board with Attorney General William Barr’s use of “spying” to describe the FBI’s surveillance activities to suss out if Russians were using the Trump campaign to interfere in the 2016 election.

“I think spying is a perfectly good word,” he said.

Sessions seems to have gotten the memo: “I think spying is a good English word,” said Barr last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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