(NationalSentinel) Executive Branch: Accompanying every ‘mainstream’ media story about alleged collusion between Team Trump and Russia to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton is this fairly standard caveat: No evidence has been found of any wrongdoing.
Usually the caveat is buried several paragraphs into each story, which have always led with the usual reliance on “unnamed sources” and “American officials.” So in other words, there is nothing to this alleged collusion, which means it’s a fake narrative, which means it is also, by default, fake news.
But as Breitbart News noted, what we’ve learned over the past 24-48 hours is that the Obama-aligned Deep State may have overplayed its hand and in doing so, exposed the former administration to some serious breaches of the law governing intelligence surveillance:
The spotlight is now on President Barack Obama and his administration’s alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign, as well as his aides’ reported efforts to spread damaging information about Trump throughout government agencies to facilitate later investigations and, possibly, leaks to the media.
On Sunday morning, the White House released a statement indicating that the president would ask the congressional committees investigating Russian hacking theories to add the question of “whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.”
That the Obama administration spied on then-candidate Donald J. Trump and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, allegedly as part of an “intelligence operation” aimed at alleged Russia espionage, is not in question. Several reports have detailed the surveillance operation, and we detail them here. But according to these and other reports, even after the Obama intelligence community found no evidence linking Team Trump to the Russians, the surveillance was not lifted but rather continued.
The question is, why? Why, after finding no evidence of any improper Trump-Russia ties wasn’t surveillance lifted?
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And can you remember any example in recent history of an administration even ordering surveillance against the presidential campaign of a political rival?
We can’t, either.
Obama, through a spokesman, has sort of, kind of, issued a denial regarding President Trump’s initial claims that his predecessor spied on him in his NYC Trump Tower home.
“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Kevin Lewis said in a statement yesterday.
But as Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle noted, this isn’t convincing:
Note that this sentence does not dispute any of the key factual allegations at issue: that the DOJ approached the FISA court for permission to spy on Trump aides; that surveillance, once granted, continued after no evidence was found of wrongdoing; that the Obama administration relaxed National Security Agency rules to facilitate the dissemination of evidence through the government; and that Obama staffers allegedly did so, the better to leak damaging (and partial) information to the media.
In addition, there is reason to doubt the claim that the White House never “interfered”: the New York Times reported in January that “intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”
This is wrong on so many levels it must be investigated by Congress.
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