By J. D. Heyes
(NationalSentinel) Politics: This feud between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and President Donald J. Trump is getting out of hand and, frankly, it’s the senator who is at fault for keeping it alive.
His near-daily jabs at the president are not only frequently personal, they are frequently distracting – and frequently wrong.
The most recent one involves McCain demanding – demanding, mind you – that Trump either provide evidence that he was under electronic surveillance by the Obama administration at Trump Tower or retract his claim.
“If his predecessor violated the law, President Obama violated the law, we’ve got a serious issue here, to say the least,” McCain told CNN’s “State of the Union” program, while pointing out that he himself has no reason to believe the allegations are true, Newsmax reported.
“I also believe that the president of the United States could clear this up in a minute,” said the Arizona Republican. “All he has to do is pick up the phone, call the director of the CIA, the Director of National Intelligence and say, ‘okay, what happened?’ Because they certainly should know whether the former president of the United States was wiretapping Trump Tower.”
Okay, well, perhaps he could. But honestly, senator, let’s look at what has been reported publicly already, because if we do that, we can ascertain with certainty that what the president is claiming is absolutely, unassailably correct.
In a piece by Sara Carter and John Solomon at Circa News, the two investigative journalists claim unequivocally that sources revealed to them that a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court issued a warrant in connection to a counterintelligence investigation into possible Russian interference in the U.S. elections. That FBI investigation included, briefly, electronic surveillance of a server located at Trump Tower, but no evidence of any link between Russia, U.S. election tampering and Trump or his team was ever found.
“We have people spouting off who don’t know the difference between FISA surveillance and a wiretap or a counterintelligence probe versus a special prosecutor, and it has hurts our ability to get to the truth and has wrongly created the impression that intelligence officials have a political agenda,” one source directly familiar with the drama told the journalists.
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What’s more, U.S. officials told them, the steady flow of leaks – made possible by a last-minute change in policy ordered by Obama that allowed for wider distribution of [unsubstantiated] intelligence data among spy agencies – is also hurting investigative efforts.
There is also this, senator: The information leaked regarding former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions’ discussions with Russian officials had to come from some form of intelligence surveillance. Now, either that surveillance was legally ordered – as it appears it was, based on the Circa News account – or it was illegally ordered. But either way, since the investigation at one point touched on the presidential campaign of a political rival, do you really think it’s possible that President Obama didn’t know, given that presidents are normally in the FISA loop?
There is no question that Trump and his closest advisors were under surveillance by U.S. spy agencies at some point during the campaign. What’s been reported in the media makes that much plain. The challenge now, senator, is to find out the extent a former president went to in order to trip up Trump’s candidacy to help his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, and you know that.
How ’bout you get on board in calling for that to be investigated, rather than biting at the president’s ankles on a daily basis?