Even though the NY Times confirmed Wiretapping on Trump Tower on the FRONT PAGE of their January 20th, James Comey still says there is “No” evidence that Obama wiretapped Trump.
Here’s what Comey said:
— CNN (@CNN) March 20, 2017
Do you know what pisses us off even more? It wasn’t ONLY the NY Times who reported surveillance on Trump!!!
“Here are the most damning stories in chronological order. Emphasis mine throughout:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia
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.
As of this writing, Heat Street’s Louise Mensch, a fierce Trump critic, has not retracted this story about the FBI receiving a surveillance warrant that would allow them to “examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign[.]”
It is important to note that the FBI is an agency that reports to the Department of Justice which, at the time, was headed by Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.
The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.
As of now, The Guardian has not retracted its reporting about Obama’s FBI seeking a FISA warrant to “monitor four members” of Team Trump.
In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.
As PJ Media’s Michael Walsh points out (read his full analysis), at the time, little attention was paid to this bombshell about the Obama administration expanding National Security Agency (NSA) powers in a way that would allow them to get around American wiretapping laws.
As of this writing, The New York Times stands by its reporting that the Obama administration gave the NSA ever-broader powers to go around the Fourth Amendment, and this includes wiretaps. Also, by expanding the number of people and agencies with access to this surveillance, by apparent design, it greatly improved the chances these private communications will be leaked to a partisan media.
Lawyers from the National Security Division in the Department of Justice then drew up an application. They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the Fisa court, named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They wanted permission to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks.
Their first application, in June, was rejected outright by the judge. They returned with a more narrowly drawn order in July and were rejected again. Finally, before a new judge, the order was granted, on 15 October, three weeks before election day.
Neither Mr Trump nor his associates are named in the Fisa order, which would only cover foreign citizens or foreign entities – in this case the Russian banks. But ultimately, the investigation is looking for transfers of money from Russia to the United States, each one, if proved, a felony offence.
A lawyer – outside the Department of Justice but familiar with the case – told me that three of Mr. Trump’s associates were the subject of the inquiry. “But it’s clear this is about Trump,” he said.
So, according to the left-wing BBC, after being turned down in June, Loretta Lynch’s Justice Department targeted “three of Mr. Trump’s associates” using a FISA warrant, which allows for all kinds of surveillance.”
Even if Comey doesn’t confirm Trump’s claim, WE THE PEOPLE know the Truth!