If Obama tapped Trump Tower, did Obama also tap @MittRomney's phones prior to 2012 Election? pic.twitter.com/3KWiyUVjHA— Boston🇺🇸Bobblehead (@DBloom451) March 4, 2017
And of course, President Obama through his henchman Eric Holder went after reporter James Rosen of Fox News by tracking his visits to the State Department, through phone traces, timing of calls and his personal emails.'Member pic.twitter.com/2js4ey50Mq— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 4, 2017
Obama again through Eric Holder made up some excuse of a conspiracy in order to obtain a search warrant and called Rosen a "flight risk."
This morning, President Trump complained that Obama (likely through minion Loretta Lynch, who replaced Eric Holder) used a FISA warrant to wiretap Trump Tower.
Now you know why Obama and his supporters made up this phony story about a Putin-Trump conspiracy -- to cover political espionage.
This story is playing out like I predicted this morning: Trump tweets, media leaps, truth comes out and Trump wins.
To cover his tracks, Obama sent Ben Rhodes -- the flunky who sold the Iranian arms deal to reports by openly lying about the deal.
True, Obama did not issue a warrant -- but that does not mean the Obama administration did not seek the wiretaps.No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you. https://t.co/lEVscjkzSw— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 4, 2017
And read them...
The Obama administration sought permission to spy on Team Trump in June. The court said no. The Obama administration tried again in October and the court approved spying on a server in Trump Tower.Ben Rhodes, WH Fiction Writer proclaims@POTUS & NYtimes...Liars?— Jean Pierre 🇺🇸 (@frenchfortrump) March 4, 2017
ONLY a Corrupt OBAMA Administration
would #wiretap which was proven!#MAGA pic.twitter.com/VKEo04vT63
The media wagons have circled Obama to once again protect him from the truth.
The Washington Post said prove it: "Trump, citing no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower."
From Andrew McCarthy of National Review on Friday:
To rehearse briefly, in the weeks prior to June 2016, the FBI did a preliminary investigation, apparently based on concerns about a server at Trump Tower that allegedly had some connection to Russian financial institutions.
Even if there were such a connection, it is not a crime to do business with Russian banks — lots of Americans do. It should come as no surprise, then, that the FBI found no impropriety and did not proceed with a criminal investigation.
What is surprising, though, is that the case was not closed down. Instead, the Obama Justice Department decided to pursue the matter as a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
In June, it sought the FISA court’s permission to conduct surveillance on a number of Trump associates — and perhaps even Trump himself. It has been reported that Trump was “named” in the application, but it is not publicly known whether he (a) was named as a proposed wiretap target, or (b) was just mentioned in passing in the application. Understand the significance of this: Only the Justice Department litigates before the FISA court; this was not some rogue investigators; this was a high level of Obama’s Justice Department — the same institution that, at that very moment, was whitewashing the Clinton e-mail scandal.
And when Justice seeks FISA surveillance authority, it is essentially telling that court that there is probable cause to believe that the targets have acted as agents of a foreign power — that’s the only basis for getting a FISA warrant. In this instance, the FISA court apparently found the Obama Justice Department’s presentation to be so weak that it refused to authorize the surveillance.
That is telling, because the FISA court is generally very accommodating of government surveillance requests. Unwilling to take no for an answer, the Obama Justice Department came back to the FISA court in October — i.e., in the stretch run of the presidential campaign. According to various reports (and mind you, FISA applications are classified, so the leaks are illegal), the October application was much narrower than the earlier one and did not mention Donald Trump. The FISA Court granted this application, and for all we know the investigation is continuing.A minute of Google is all it took to find.
Perhaps the Washington Post could not recognize it because it is Real News.
CNN had the same problem:
But two former senior US officials quickly dismissed Trump's accusations out of hand.
"Just nonsense," said one former senior US intelligence official.
Another former senior US official with direct knowledge of investigations by the Justice Department under the Obama administration said Trump's phones were never tapped.
"This did not happen. It is false. Wrong," the former official told CNN.Never happened.
And then CNN said if it did happen, Trump deserved it:
A federal judge would only have approved a warrant to wiretap Trump's phones if he or she had found probable cause that Trump had committed a federal crime or was a foreign agent.So it didn't happen but it is a good thing that it happened, according to CNN.
Other outlets went with reaction -- from the Democrats.
From the Hill: "Dems tear into Trump over Obama wiretapping claims."
The minority party always gets deference from the Hill, except when Democrats are in power. Then it is the majority party whose opinion matters. However, not all Democrats sided with Obama.
From the Hill:
“I’m very worried that our president is suggesting the former president has done something illegal,” Graham said at a town hall in Clemson, S.C.
“I’d be very worried if in fact the Obama administration was able to obtain a warrant lawfully about Trump campaign activity with foreign governments. It’s my job as United States senator to get to the bottom of this."Here, I though he though his job was to go on TV and attack "fellow" Republicans.
The New York Times also went with the no evidence take, adding:
Mr. Trump’s decision to lend the power of his office to such a claim — without offering any proof — was remarkable, even for a leader who has repeatedly shown himself willing to make assertions that are false or based on rumors.
It would have been difficult for federal agents, working within the law, to obtain a wiretap order to target Mr. Trump’s phone conversations. It would have meant that the Justice Department had gathered sufficient evidence to persuade a federal judge that there was probable cause to believe he had committed a serious crime or was an agent of a foreign power, depending on whether it was a criminal investigation or a foreign intelligence one.Actually, no, Obama's minions used FISA to obtain the warrant.
And Michael S. Schmidt -- one of the two reporters who wrote today's story -- led a team of four reporters who wrote in January 19, 2017, "Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates."
So we are intercepting these messages, but there is no proof of wiretapping.
The key passage:
The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.
Counterintelligence investigations examine the connections between American citizens and foreign governments. Those connections can involve efforts to steal state or corporate secrets, curry favor with American government leaders or influence policy. It is unclear which Russian officials are under investigation, or what particular conversations caught the attention of American eavesdroppers. The legal standard for opening these investigations is low, and prosecutions are rare.
“We have absolutely no knowledge of any investigation or even a basis for such an investigation,” said Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Trump transition.So the New York Times reporters knew that indeed evidence of wire-tapping of Team Trump had taken place.
Now President Trump knows too -- without having to rely on New York Times reporting.
Nearly nine years ago, the New York Times editorialized against FISA:
Congress has been far too compliant as President Bush undermined the Bill of Rights and the balance of powers. It now has a chance to undo some of that damage — if it has the courage and good sense to stand up to the White House and for the Constitution.
The Senate should reject a bill this week that would needlessly expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans and ensure that the country never learns the full extent of President Bush’s unlawful wiretapping.That editorial ended:
Senator John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee for president, has supported the weakening of FISA. Senator Barack Obama vowed in January (when he was still fighting for the Democratic nomination) that he would filibuster against immunity. Now he says he will vote for an “imperfect” bill and fix it if he wins. Sound familiar?
Proponents of the FISA deal say companies should not be “punished” for cooperating with the government. That’s Washington-speak for a cover-up. The purpose of withholding immunity is not to punish but to preserve the only chance of unearthing the details of Mr. Bush’s outlaw eavesdropping. Only a few senators, by the way, know just what those companies did.
Restoring some of the protections taken away by an earlier law while creating new loopholes in the Constitution is not a compromise. It is a failure of leadership.I guess the Gray Lady has dementia now because it has forgotten all about FISA.
President Trump is fighting the bastards. He needs our help. Please pray for him.
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