Hirono slams Barr use of 'spying': 'When Barr opens his mouth, Trump's words come popping out'

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocratic senators introduce bill to block Trump 'public charge' rule Overnight Health Care: Juul's lobbying efforts fall short as Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes | Facebook removes fact check from anti-abortion video after criticism | Poll: Most Democrats want presidential candidate who would build on ObamaCare Lawmakers urge DNC to name Asian American debate moderator MORE (D-Hawaii) on Thursday criticized William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrArizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Feehery: Impeachment fever bad for Democratic governing vision MORE, saying it is "astounding" that the attorney general said he thinks "spying" on President TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE campaign occurred. 

Hirono, appearing on CNN's "New Day," said the remark shows that "when Barr opens his mouth, Trump’s words come popping out."

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"I’m sure that made Trump very happy because it totally played into the Trump narrative that this is all some kind of a plot to get him," Hirono said.

“I found it astounding that the attorney general would use a highly-charged word like 'spying.’ But he sounded like the president to me," she added.

Barr made the remark Wednesday during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, adding that he needs to "explore" the issue.

“I think spying did occur,” Barr said. “But the question is whether it was adequately predicated and I’m not suggesting it wasn’t adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”

“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016,” Barr added. “A lot of this has already been investigated and a substantial portion that’s being investigated is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the department.”