By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(NationalSentinel) Political Espionage:Â Seeking to head of criticism by Democrats of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who last week went to the White House to view sensitive surveillance intelligence on the Trump transition team during the Obama administration, the West Wing sent an invitation toÂ all members of both House and Senate intelligence panels to come and view them as well.
Democrats and their allies in the Left-wing Establishment media have been hyper-focused on criticizingÂ the process by which Nunes was permitted to view the sensitive documents – reportedly alerted to them by two White House National Security Council staffers, one installed by the Trump administration – not theÂ substance of the intelligence revelations, which is:Â Trump transition team members wereÂ surveilled, and then unmasked, by the Obama administration. There is no denying that now.
PerÂ Bloomberg News:
In a letter signed by White House Counsel Donald McGahn, the administration said Thursday it was responding to a March 15 request from intelligence committees for â€œdocuments necessary to determine whether information collected on U.S. persons was mishandled and leaked.â€ It asks the committees to probe whether the intelligence was properly gathered, whether names were improperly revealed and â€œto the extent that U.S. citizens were subject to such surveillance, were civil liberties violated?â€
White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the invitation during a briefing with reporters in Washington Thursday, shortly after the New York Times reported that two White House officials had provided House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes with reports showing that Trump and his associates were named incidentally by U.S. spy agencies monitoring foreign officials.
As noted within the Times story mentioned above (and linked above) the two officials – “Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, a lawyer who works on national security issues at the White House Counselâ€™s Office and was previously counsel to Mr. Nunesâ€™s committee” – are not accused of breaking any laws. Rather, the Times speculates they are just lackeys for the president.
Some things to ponder here. First, when Trump tweeted out March 4 that Obama had “wire tapped” him at Trump tower, that accusation was based on earlier reporting by the Times and others. But the outraged Democratic propaganda apparatus, otherwise known as the Establishment media, begin to demandÂ proof, summarily ignoring theirÂ earlier reporting, which was based on information leaked to them from within the Deep State. Given this, wouldn’t it make sense for the Trump administration toÂ look for the proof being demandedÂ of it, and then make that available to theÂ chairmanÂ of a congressional intelligence committee investigating the administration’s alleged “ties” to Russia (which is bogus to begin with)?
Secondly, White House spokesman Sean Spicer is exactly right when he criticizes the Establishment press for being too concerned with the process by which Nunes – who has a mandate to investigate – came by his intelligence instead of the bombshell revelation that the incoming administrationÂ was under surveillance – even incidental surveillance – and that names were purposelyÂ unmasked by members of the Obama administration and thenÂ leaked to Â the media (a violation of U.S. law). If that were not true, how else would former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s name, along with the names of current and former Trump campaign officials, have been mentioned in media reports?
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As for Democratic posturing over this, reaction to the White House invite by Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, says it all, perÂ Bloomberg:
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Adam Schiff, said heâ€™s willing to review the material but questioned the administrationâ€™s motives, saying officials may be trying to disseminate information that helps Trumpâ€™s case. â€œI hope theyâ€™ll have some kind of explanation for why they chose this path,â€ Schiff told reporters at the Capitol.
So what if it “helps Trump’s case,”Â congressman, if it’sÂ true andÂ legitimate information? Democrats have been heaping scorn on Nunes for “politicizing” the intelligence committee’s Trump-Russia investigation, but Schiff gets to politicize the evidence? And of course, the Democratic propaganda machine, the Establishment media, has been doing its part, downplaying the real bombshells implicating the previous administration while claiming that the story is all about Nunes. (RELATED:Â Smoking gun: Former Obama official admitted to a concerted effort to spy on TeamÂ Trump)
Last night onÂ Fox News‘ “The O’Reilly Factor,” retired intelligence operative Lt. Col. Ralph Peters said “this whole thing stinks,” in reference to howÂ both parties are conducting themselves regarding the leaking of sensitive data, the politicization of the investigation and a host of other issues. He’s right, it does stink.
But at this stage you’d have to be a complete political hack to continue pushing threeÂ things: 1) Russia “hacked the election” in favor of Trump; 2) Team Trump wasÂ not swept up in any Obama-era intelligence surveillance; and 3) that the unmasking of Trump transition team members did not happen.Â All of these claims are now demonstrably false.