New Wiretap Revelations Lead to More Questions

New Wiretap Revelations Lead to More Questions

After much ado, multiple tweets, the usual mudslinging, and a whole lot of investigative work, it turns out that President Trump may not have been off the mark when it came to wiretaps.
Weeks ago, in a moment of Twitter weakness, President Trump accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of “wire-tapping” Trump Tower. Even for his loyal supporters, it was an eyebrow-scrunching moment. And the liberal media naturally went nuts. Everyone seemed to believe he had really taken it too far this time — that he was SO out there that he would likely lose a big chunk of his deplorable fan base because of this.
Then came the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings on Monday, where the FBI Director, James Comey, testified that there was absolutely no evidence of wiretapping at Trump Tower. Well, that was it. Trump got shot down. Congressmen, even some Republicans, were publicly demanding that President Trump apologize to former President Obama.
But, Trump’s tenacious supporters refused to believe he was lying. Turns out, they were right. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), made an announcement on Wednesday — that he had just learned that some of Trump’s transition team HAD actually been surveilled and their names unmasked in the months leading up to the election.
Well, that’s not exactly how the folks in the intelligence community — some whom are holdovers from the Obama administration — would put it. The “official” word is that some members of the intelligence community “incidentally collected” calls during the legal surveillance operations of foreign targets. Whatever that means. Nunes said this would yield dozens of reports, all of which unmasked one or more names. Then these reports were “widely disseminated.” It has been reported that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “unmasked” like this.
Nunes said he received this information after the FBI director’s testimony Monday morning, declaring it was “legally brought to me by sources who thought that we should know it.”
If this all seems HUGE, that would be right. It IS huge. There have be dozens of talking-head-types out there throughout the campaign season trying to compare every single “shady” situation with Watergate. Well, folks, if anything has come close to Watergate, this one sure has the makings.
From the information Nunes received, he learned that Obama had never put a wiretap on Trump’s phone. Most of us already knew that, but you can only fit so many characters in a tweet. Even so, it was obvious Trump was just generalizing the word “wiretap” to mean surveillance of some sort. What Nunes did discover was that the Trump transition team had been under surveillance by individuals inside the Obama Administration from November of 2016 to January of 2017.
Interestingly, Obama had issued an executive order pretty much on his way out the door that would allow basically an unfettered exchange of this surveillance information between all 17 intelligence agencies, whereas before, the information was all funneled through the NSA first. Obama did this about two weeks before he left office. He had eight years to make this change if he thought it was such a hot idea. But suddenly, two weeks before leaving office, he sets it up so that this extremely high-level intelligence information would get passed around to pretty much every Tom, Dick and Harry in Washington.
As an aside, just to avoid confusion, the information Nunes received on Monday had NOTHING to do with the FBI’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. In fact, Nunes said that this “unmasked” information had nothing at all to do with Russia. He didn’t even see its real intelligence value.
It seems the only thing of any real relevance forthcoming from the committee hearings on Monday was the discovery that senior members of the Obama administration may have been involved in unmasking former General Michael Flynn.
Nunes said there are still unanswered questions — such as whether or not the surveillance was illegal. There is no doubt that LEAKING the information is illegal. It’s also not known if Trump himself was captured on any of the tapped calls. What we do know is that these actions by the Obama administration were illegal. Any time an American citizen is wiretapped, the entity conducting the surveillance MUST first have a warrant. This never happened.
It’s also important to re-emphasize that this wire-tapping had NOTHING to do with Russia. This is about the Obama administration putting Trump’s “aides and associates” under surveillance. Period. No reason. No warrant. The investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia are a completely separate issue. And, to date, there has been no evidence of the collusion of Trump or his people with Russia.
There are other questions that need answers. Did Obama know about the surveillance? Who from the Obama administration was involved? Was Trump monitored directly? Unless it’s drowned out by the “fake media,” this story should shoot up the charts this week and hopefully start revealing some answers.