On Sunday morning, the White House released a statement indicating that the president would ask the congressional committees investigating Russian hacking theories to add the question of “whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
Of course you can imagine if the story was the other way around, and Trump tapped the phones or otherwise conducted surveillance on Clinton or Obama. But unlike the entire Obama administration, President Trump does not think like a criminal. Obama, however, misused the entire US surveillance apparatus to spy on and undermine candidate and now President Trump.
Remember, Trump was not supposed to win the election so Clinton would have kept all the paper trail of this criminal activity hidden. But President Trump now owns all the records of the U.S. government, including the warrants used to get “court authority” to spy on Trump, Flynn, Sessions, and so many others.
The stories currently are three-fold: first, that Obama’s team tried to get a warrant from a regular, Article III federal court on Trump, and was told no by someone along the way (maybe the FBI), as the evidence was that weak or non-existent; second, Obama’s team then tried to circumvent the federal judiciary’s independent role by trying to mislabel the issue one of “foreign agents,” and tried to obtain a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “courts”, and were again turned down, when the court saw Trump named (an extremely rare act of FISA court refusal of the government, suggesting the evidence was truly non-existent against Trump); and so, third, Obama circumvented both the regular command of the FBI and the regularly appointed federal courts, by placing the entire case as a FISA case (and apparently under Sally Yates at DOJ) as a “foreign” case, and then omitted Trump’s name from a surveillance warrant submitted to the FISA court, which the FISA court unwittingly granted, which Obama then misused to spy on Trump and many connected to Trump. Are these allegations true? We don’t know yet, but if any part of them are then Obama and/or his officials could face serious trouble.
The paper trail is essential to determine if Obama lied to the FISA court to obtain the warrant…and it sounds like he did. The other damning evidence is that the Obama administration in January 2017 authorized the “relaxing of rules on the disclosure” of information obtained through a FISA court.
FISA, 50 USC 1801, et seq., is a very limited method of obtaining surveillance authority. The reason for its strict limits is that FISA evades the regular federal court process, by not allowing regularly, Constitutionally appointed federal judges and their magistrates to authorize surveillance the Fourth Amendment would otherwise forbid. Instead, the Chief Justice handpicks the FISA court members, who have shown an exceptional deference to the executive branch. This is because FISA court members trust the government is only bringing them surveillance about pending terror attacks or “grave hostile” war-like attacks, as the FISA statute limits itself to. Thus, a FISA application can only be used in very limited circumstances.
Why do you think it has been non-stop “leaking” of and “spinning” information since even before Trump was elected?
As we deal with this explosive situation, remember the core issue. It is not run-of-the-mill political skulduggery (is there any other kind?). It is the criminal misuse of a critical national defensive capability. Liken it to using a military weapon against your political opponent, because that is the nearest and best analogy. If Obama ordered the military to intervene with Team Trump during the election, that would not be much different from using the intelligence powers to intervene.
Obama is the Deep State’s WEAKEST LINK–he will cause the entire leftist, marxist, globalist operation to fall.
And ironically, the more his treasonous staff tries to defend Obama, the more the finger points directly at him. There is no “fail safe” operation to keep us from finding out every single truth about obama’s treasonous reign over America. And all of his advisors, including sedition-queen Valerie Jarrett, are involved up to their eyeballs in misprision of felony and misprision of treason.
...it is, so far, undisputed that there have been many leaks of classified information to damage Trump, and that the Obama administration took steps that could have made such leaks more likely. Those are serious allegations that the former administration is likely going to have to explain to Congress.
Trump is running a very sophisticated sting operation designed to oust the leakers, traitors, and seditious holdovers from the Obama administration. This is a very dangerous undertaking but absolutely necessary for the survival of our country and the rule of law. And this is why President Trump is getting so much push back…so many attacks.
After all, if all you’ve got is media lies, insults, and crazy-mongering, you’ve already lost.
HANDS UP, OBAMA. YOU’RE UNDER ARREST.