Comey: 'I have no idea' what Barr meant with 'spying' comment

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump rips Krugman, NYT after columnist writes GOP no longer believes in American values Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment Heavy lapses in judgment are politicizing the justice system MORE responded Thursday to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrLove or hate Trump, Mueller report doesn't matter Immigration judge calls Barr's move to deny asylum-seekers bond hearings 'highly problematic' Trump's job approval ticks up 2 points: Gallup MORE saying there was "spying" on the Trump campaign, reportedly saying he has "no idea" what Barr means.

"I have no idea what he's talking about so it's hard for me to comment," Comey said at a Hewlett Foundation conference.


Comey added that he thinks Barr's career reputation should earn him the "presumption" that he "will stand up for truth."

"I think his career has earned him a presumption that he will be one of the rare Trump Cabinet members who will stand up for truth," Comey reportedly said, adding that "language like this makes it harder."

Barr made the remark Wednesday during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, saying he thinks the Trump campaign was spied on and 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.”