(National Sentinel)Â Political Conspiracy: When President Donald J. Trump claimed in a tweet in March that the Obama administration “wiretapped” his campaign, he was widely mocked and ridiculed — which, even by then, had become standard operating procedure for most of Washington’s political and media establishment.
A report fromÂ CNN claims that onetime Trump campaign official Paul Manafort was “wiretapped” under a secret court order last year, allegedly as part of a probe into “Russian collusion.”
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
What’s even more alarming — and outrageous — is that the secret electronic surveillance continued intoÂ this year, and likely included occasions when Manafort wasÂ actually talking to the president.
CNN noted further:
Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.
The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.
The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.
Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives.Â Such warrants require the approval of topÂ Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion thatÂ the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.
It is unclear when the new warrant started.
So it’s clear now that not only was Trump correct, after heÂ became president he found out thatÂ his Justice Department (which, you may recall, at the time still included FBI Director James Comey) was stillÂ spying on members of his campaign, despite the fact that,Â for years,Â no evidence of any wrongdoing had been found.
AndÂ still hasn’t been found, if we’re to believe two of the sources who leaked this information toÂ CNN.
There is also this: Comey, under oath, disputed Trump’s “wiretapping” claims in sworn testimony to Congress, which could now open him to charges of perjury. Then again, lying to Congress is against the law even if you’reÂ not under oath.
It is worth noting thatÂ Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak had reported the day before Trumpâ€™s tweet that the Obama administration â€œsought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign: continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found.â€
At the time both the president and the news site were mocked as conspiracy theorists.
As for Manafort,Â The New York Times reports that he’s under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team for possibleÂ violations of tax laws, money-laundering prohibitions and requirements to disclose foreign lobbying. Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is also under investigation.
Regardless of how Mueller’s probe turns out, let us also never forget that it wasÂ Comey’s strategy all along to get a special prosecutor appointed to ‘investigate’ Team Trump — under theÂ guise of “Russian collusion,” though Mueller’s probe has since extended way past that initial mandate.Â The swamp is deep and wide.
Some House Republicans have called for probes into possible collusion between Mueller, also a former FBI director, and Comey. That definitely needs to happen. In addition, Congress should also be prepping subpoenas for former Obama administration officials involved in this political debauchery.
And finally, the president should go on offense. He should pick up the phone and dial his attorney general; special counsel probes can go both ways.
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