As I stated earlier, it appears Trump may have been right, again. Just a couple of days after FBI director Comey summarily rejected the President’s allegation that he was being wiretapped by then president Obama, it appears that President Trump may have been on the mark with that claim. House Intelligence Chairman, Devin Nunes, told reporters that the U.S. intelligence community gathered information on members of President Trump’s transition team, (possibly including Trump himself) and the information was “widely disseminated” in intelligence reports. Here’s exactly what Nunes said to reporters regarding his committee’s Russian investigation that has been ongoing:
“One of the focus points of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation is the U.S. government’s response to actions taken by Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign. As such, the Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.” Nunes maintained that President Trump’s communications may have been monitored during the transition period as part of an “incidental collection.” That means that those communications do not appear to be related to the Russian investigation and that he feels thee intelligence collections were done legally. For this writer, the book is “OUT” on whether or not those intelligence collections were actually “incidental.”
“I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition,” Nunes told those reporters. “Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.” When reporters questioned the source of the information on the surveillance, Nunes responded that it came to him legally by “sources who thought we should know it.” (I assume here that would be from “a” or “several” whistleblowers)
As scary as that information may be, Nunes said that “additional names” of officials from the Trump transition team had been unmasked in the intelligence reports. He indicated that Trump’s communications may have been swept up. The House Intel Chair said he had viewed dozens of documents showing that the information had been incidentally collected and he believes the information was legally collected. Nunes said that the intelligence has nothing to do with Russia and that the collection occurred after the presidential election.
Congressman Nunes first briefed House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on the revelation and informed the White House later today. He said it was unclear whether the information incidentally collected originated in Trump Tower. Nunes in his revelation stated communications of Trump associates were also picked up but he did not give names. Monitoring apparently occurred in November, December, and January.
In addition to the obvious horror of what is described above is the realization this actually happened in our government. The Intelligence Agencies of the U.S. government have been empowered to undertake various methodologies to keep us safe. Surveillance is a principle of that process. However, these agencies have NOT been given blanket authority, but must operate under strict laws that regulate surveillance call FISA: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. FBI Director Comey and NSA Director Rogers UNDER OATH before a Congressional committee this week declared there was NO surveillance that involved Trump offices or of Trump or his staff or campaign. Either they one or both lied, are incompetent, or were simply not kept in the loop, which in itself is devastating if actual.
The ramifications of this? Following the Trump tweet in which he made the “wiretapping/surveillance” allegations and the Leftist Media went nuts at the idiocy of the President presenting this as fact, I wrote on this blog, “Don’t be surprised if in a few weeks Trump provides evidence of surveillance that occurred just as he stated.” It wasn’t Donald Trump with the evidence — it was California Congressman Devin Nunes who has been skeptical of the President’s claims….until today.
The travesty of this? Former President Barack Obama HAD to be complicit. I doubt you’ll find his direct fingerprints, but I am willing to wager when this is exposed, we will discover he was deeply involved — even if at arms length — in this. If so, that will make this an even greater national travesty than Watergate during the Nixon years.
NOTE: please understand, according to Nunes, the surveillance WAS a FISA Court authorized operation. Intelligence sources were apparently (under the FISA warrant) listening in on conversations of foreigners. Apparently Trump staff were part of those conversations and were therefore part of the surveillance. However, the illegal acts came when those Americans were identified in multiple intelligence reports that were spread throughout the government. That is called “unmasking,” is a felony under federal law, and brings with it a large fine and up to 5 years in prison. Someone will see a jail over this.
What has our nation come to? What has our government come to? Notice all the hoopla from the Left about Trump involvement with Russia and Putin? Remember as a kid when someone broke wind quietly, just when someone else detected the “evidence,” the perpetrator would accuse someone else of the infraction? It was described back then as “The first chicken to cackle was the one who laid the egg.” I believe this is evidence of sorts that shows either Obama himself or those high in his Administration are guilty of orchestrating this illegality. If that proves to be true, (and I’ll bet it will be) the nation and the World will finally see the true Barack Obama.
Wonder who he’ll say laid the egg?