The Deep State Just Got Deeper
By WILLIAM MAYER
March 4, 2017 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Early this morning the president took to Twitter, harshly attacking ex-president Obama, accusing him of conducting illegal wiretaps targeting his office in Trump Tower while he was still a candidate.
"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
"How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
"I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!"
Of course the MSM [especially CNN] immediately shifted into high-gear, protect Obama mode, claiming that the charges were outrageous, that President Trump offered no evidence to substantiate his heated claims, yada, yada, yada…
However, what we now know to be true destroys the “no evidence” claim in that the topic had been discussed in various forms as far back as October of 2016 by noted leftist sources, Slate and Mother Jones, of course playing off the canard that Russia somehow collaborated with the Trump campaign to steal the crown from heir apparent Queen Hillary.
For the record, in its piece the notorious Mother Jones actually tried to give credibility to the “dossier” allegedly handed off to the equally notorious, half-crazed Senator McCain , when subsequently it was entirely discredited. As is usually the case with errant GOPers, McCain paid no price whatsoever.
Regarding the Russian angle itself, for those who have not been paying attention it’s helpful to remember, while still in office Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper stated there was no evidence that Russia had in any way interfered with the electoral results. Unsurprisingly, John Brennan, the highly partisan, Muslim Brotherhood friendly Director of Central Intelligence rebuffed his boss’ conclusion.
Returning to the wiretap charge itself, in a more substantive but still conspiratorial report, Heat Street in an exclusive dated November 7, 2016 published the following:
“Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.” [Louise Mensch, EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia]
Surfacing again, on January 19 the New York Times reported that there was a wide ranging federal law enforcement probe directed against Team Trump:
“American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.”
Piecing together the tendrils of the story, the president’s claim seems entirely justified in that through multiple sources it is now clear that elements of the Obama administration first petitioned the FISA court in June with an open ended fishing request targeting Trump. In an extraordinary move, that request was rejected by FISA who turned it down. Undeterred, in October Obama’s DOJ approached the court again, this time with a more narrowly focused request that FISA then granted.
Thus the Deep State was given the ultimate totalitarian power to wiretap its political rivals.
It should be noted that since 1979 FISA has granted some 15,000 requests for electronic surveillance and only rejected 4, so its extreme deference to the government in these proceedings far exceeds the excesses represented by the old joke that a Grand Jury is such a tool of District Attorneys that they can “indict a ham sandwich.”
So now we come to the denials coming out of Obama’s 8,000 square foot counter-presidency headquarters in DC’s exclusive Kalorama suburb.
Spokesman Kevin Lewis:
"A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice," Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said in a statement Saturday. "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."
Spokesman Jon Favreau in a Tweet:
“I'd be careful about reporting that Obama said there was no wiretapping. Statement just said that neither he nor the WH ordered it.”
Obama’s spinner of fairy tales, Ben Rhodes - you know the guy with a degree in creative writing who magically became a foreign policy advisor.
“No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you."
Three high level political aides and not a SINGLE denial, case closed - Obama’s fingerprints are all over this.
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