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Sunday, March 05, 2017

Watergate on Steroids

This weekend, President Trump tore open the sash and let fresh air and the sun shine in on the swamp. His exposure of the Obama administration's domestic espionage on the Trump campaign should have politicos and journalists quivering.

For the past two months, clear-thinking Americans wondered why Barack Obama hung on to the ridiculous notion that the Яussians had stolen the election for President Trump.

Now we know why.

The Яussian storyline was an excuse to convince a FISA judge to give Obama's regime permission to spy on Trump Tower. This is the abuse of FISA that libertarians warned us about 10 years ago.

To many -- if not most -- Americans, this looks like Watergate on Steroids.

Which it is.

Now I want readers to know this: the main reason I voted for George McGovern in 1972 was Watergate. Yes, most of the pertinent, impeachable stuff came out later, but knowledge that Team Nixon tried to wiretap Larry O'Brien was enough to convince me Nixon was untrustworthy.

That does not offset my disgust in intervening years with the Washington Post in learning years later that it covered up Mark Felt's role as Deep Throat. How different history would be if the world knew then that the man Nixon passed over for J. Edgar Hoover's job was Deep Throat.

This is worse than Watergate. Far worse. This was using America's official, taxpayer-paid national security to spy on a political foe.

As Robert Barnes at Law Newz noted:
Here are the problematic aspects of the Obama surveillance on Trump’s team, and on Trump himself. First, it is not apparent FISA could ever be invoked. Second, it is possible Obama’s team may have perjured themselves before the FISA court by withholding material information essential to the FISA court’s willingness to permit the government surveillance. Third, it could be that Obama’s team illegally disseminated and disclosed FISA information in direct violation of the statute precisely prohibiting such dissemination and disclosure. FISA prohibits, under criminal penalty, Obama’s team from doing any of the three.
At the outset, the NSA should have never been involved in a domestic US election. Investigating the election, or any hacking of the DNC or the phishing of Podesta’s emails, would not be a FISA matter. It does not fit the definition of war sabotage or a “grave” “hostile” war-like attack on the United States, as constrictively covered by FISA. It is your run-of-the-mill hacking case covered by existing United States laws that require use of the regular departments of the FBI, Department of Justice, and Constitutionally Senate-appointed federal district court judges, and their appointed magistrates, not secretive, deferential FISA courts.
The media's refusal to treat Obama and his administration as suspects in a crime of epic proportion is a testament to how America now lacks a free press.

President Trump now is fighting back on Twitter on Saturday:

The dumbass media took the bait -- hook, line, and sinker.

Look at how the New York Times played it:
Trump, Offering No Evidence, Says Obama Tapped His Phones
President Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of tapping his phones at Trump Tower the month before the election, taking to Twitter to call his predecessor a “bad (or sick) guy.”
Without offering any evidence or providing the source of his information, Mr. Trump fired off a series of Twitter messages claiming that Mr. Obama “had my ‘wires tapped.’” He likened the supposed tapping to “Nixon/Watergate” and “McCarthyism.”
Sounds great, except the New York Times knows that Obama did wiretap Trump Tower, because Obama provided transcripts of its Political Espionage to CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

We know this because they have run exclusives about this Яussian nonsense.

The Яussian nonsense is a cover-up for Obama spying on Trump -- a shameful act that abused the powers of NSA, FBI and the other agencies subverted by the Obama administration.

Forbes magazine laid out the plan for Obama to spy on Trump -- by pretending Trump or his staff are Яussian agents:
The Guardian has reported that the FBI applied for a Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) warrant last summer to monitor members of the Trump campaign, but was denied in its initial attempt. Last November, former British MP and openly anti-Trump journalist Louise Mensch reported that the FBI had succeeded in its second request for a FISA warrant, which was later confirmed by the BBC.
Such a warrant would only have been granted if the FBI—not the Obama administration—was able to convince a judge that the Trump campaign had credible links to a foreign power.
According to Andrew McCarthy of National Review, a judge issued a FISA warrant to allow Obama to wiretap a server in Trump Tower in October.

This allowed Obama to hear other conversations at the tower. Oh, not directly. Plausible deniability and all that.

From Law Newz:
President Trump recently tweeted claiming that former President Obama wiretapped him during his campaign. One can only imagine how nuts the media would have gone if the roles had been reversed: President Trump wiretapping either Obama or the Clintons, though his DOJ could have authority to do just that given the expansive leaks of intelligence information by Obama and Clinton supporters the last few months. Heck, he could wiretap the media at this point, legally and legitimately, as the sources of these unlawful leaks, for which Obama himself set precedent.
Do liberals understand what Pandora’s Box Obama opened up by Obama using the powers of the NSA, CIA and FBI to spy on his political opponents? Even Nixon never did that.
But the way the press is playing it is weird, as it makes out the victim of the crime -- Trump -- is the bad guy.

If Jeff Bezos had owned the Washington Post during Watergate, the newspaper would have demanded the conviction of then DNC chairman Larry O'Brien, the target of the Nixonian wiretapping attempt.

President Trump has reversed the polarity of the situation, after attorney general Jeff Sessions dumbly recused himself on Thursday. That handed the Washington Establishment a fishing license to go after Trump.

By showing the world that the Democratic Party wiretapped Trump Tower, he has turned the tables. The onus of Watergate with its coverups and non-denial denials is on Barack Obama, whio foolishly thinks he has plausible deniability.

They have nothing on Trump.

But he has plenty on them.

From Newsweek:
Contrary to some reports, President Trump is entitled to see any records related to the surveillance of him and his associates as “consumer-in-chief” of U.S.  intelligence, a Justice Department lawyer familiar with national security procedures says. That would include FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) applications for surveillance warrants to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC.
“I don't see how DOJ and FBI can refuse... and the president has the authority to declassify whatever he wants...,” the official told Newsweek on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the media.
The White House does not need to get the court’s records, the official added, because “both DOJ and FBI would hold copies of all signed orders, and DOJ at least will have the applications, too.”
The media keeps saying this FISA judge found probable cause.

OK, probable cause of what? Based on what? Trump can know by morrow.

Obama has the tapes and other classified information on President Trump.

However, the goods Obama's gotten may be worthless for now because they were gained with a tainted warrant, which discredits the source.

In a sane world, Republicans would rally round the president. Unfortunately, that is not the world in which we live.

Trump dropped the microphone on Sunday morning.

From MSN:
President Trump called Sunday for a congressional investigation of his claims that predecessor Barack Obama had him wiretapped during last year's election — while critics accused Trump of trying to distract people from an investigation into his own relationship with Russia.
"Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said in a statement a day after Trump accused Obama — without evidence — of having Trump Tower wiretapped in connection with an investigation of Russia.
Trump is "requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016," Spicer said.
While Trump repeatedly tweeted about Obama during the weekend, Spicer's statement said "neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted."
The White House just told the rest of Washington to put up or shut up. Methinks they should prefer the latter.

President Trump shook Washington Establishment by the eyeteeth.

The Яussian chapter may be over -- unless the feds go after Obama -- doubtful -- but the Washington Establishment is tenacious and it does not play fair. More battles will come.

Pray for President Trump and God bless America.

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  1. I am praying and also hoping that "To many -- if not most -- Americans, this looks like Watergate on Steroids" is truly true. This has to be the beginning of the end of the Obama post-presidency reign of terror.

  2. But,but,but former DNI Clapper and FBI director Comey said no wired taps were performed. So all the Democrats screaming and the medias reports are fake news. Amazing.
    Snippet: The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.

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    1. NYT article said the statement by Comey was from "American Officials" -what ever that means, and the FBI has no official statement.
      Fishy like last weeks tuna...

  4. Sessions should Un-Recuse himself - that was a dumb move under fire.

  5. Good read.

    Awesome meme.

    If they did not, then the media has generated fake news entirely.

    Be careful of that term "wiretap." When you tap into a server it's not technically wiretapping unless you're using a 300 baud modem. They are going to intercept the traffic on a node somewhere.

    Comey denied "Wiretapping." It this a semantic issue? Probably; Sleaze. Same with Clapper the liar.

    Regardless, sunlight is now shining in on this BS.

  6. How does the Guardian know any of what Forbes is claiming the Guardian wrote? I'm not believing ANY of it, from anyone, including Trump. As I posted some time ago, if Trump has the official files to back up his newest claims---including any FISA applications---let's see them. Why should the nation have to wait until some tortuous Congressional investigation is completed? That could take longer than Trump can afford. Delay weakens every reform he wants to undertake. Congressional Republicans will be hard pressed to advance any of Trump's agenda until this latest accusation is confirmed or disproved. And if it is disproved, there will be enormous pressure on Trump to resign in favor of Pence. As much as I have wanted Trump to succeed, I would be in favor of that.

    1. IA, sometimes you nail it and sometimes you completely miss the wicket. That post is the latter.

    2. The information President Trump has/knows is classified. He has to be careful how he uses it. When all of the ducks are in a row, the hammer drops.

    3. I believe President Trump does not need to request the documents because he HAS them. He will let the media, the dems and the elite choose sides before he exposes them.

  7. This is easy...the louder the Libs yell, the more you know they're in deep trouble. Bang bang, Donald's Silver Hammer came down on their heads (doo do doo doo).

    1. In Other words Trump's over the target
      because of the flack....

    2. TG, as a former AF Air Weapons Controller, I totally get and dig that line. Good one, brother.

    3. @TG, I think you meant "flak" but autocorrect's "flack" serendipitously fits the situation equally well.

  8. Given what we know about Trump, I expect he's got a 20# sledge hammer's worth of back-up material.
    He says The Dems did it. The media and the Dems both deny it. Refer to first sentence.

  9. This is nothing less than shocking and Obama must be nervous that Trump has access to all this info and is willing to use it. Obama and the left never planned that Trump would win and then they thought after he won that they could destroy him. It won't destroy Trump, it will make him stronger. Could you imagine Jeb Bush or Rubio right now under the same evil attacks from the far left?

  10. OK, so Trump needs to provide the proof of what he said. Dems need no proof and they are believed. Something is seriously wrong here.

    1. That's the way the media swung since obama's speech in 2004.

  11. Methinks President Trump is on the verge of some major housecleaning. By now he should have been able to pinpoint Obama's Fifth Column people. Unlike Mr. T, I don't pity the fools. - Elric