(NationalSentinel) Political Intrigue: The National Security Agency is set to provide “smoking gun” evidence that President Obama, in his final months in office, authorized intelligence agencies to spy on the campaign of then-GOP nominee Donald J. Trump, likely under the phony premise of ‘Russian collusion.’
A source has told Fox News that the NSA will provide the evidence to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that Team Trump, and possibly Trump himself, as president-elect, were definitely under Obama-ordered surveillance:
Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretappedhim in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.
The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.
The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.
“What I’ve read seems to be some level of surveillance activity, perhaps legal, but I don’t know that it’s right and I don’t know if the American people would be comfortable with what I’ve read,” said Nunes, who uncovered the reports, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
One nugget here among many: The revelation that Nunes knew about the Team Trump surveillance even before the president sent his March 4 tweet storm accusing Obama of ordering it.
But there’s much more.
The FBI, as we reported yesterday, has not been cooperating with the Intelligence Committee’s requests for more information related to electronic surveillance of the Trump campaign and incoming administration. That is telling, given that FBI Director James Comey may have lied to the committee on Monday when he told them he had “no information” regarding President Donald J. Trump’s tweeted allegations, if the smoking gun evidence turns out to be a ‘smoking gun.’
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And if it does, then the president will find himself in truly uncharted waters for a modern chief executive: He’ll have to figure out if he wants to keep Comey around while he’s leading an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into him and his transition team. Politically speaking, that’s bombshell stuff, given that Comey’s boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has formally recused himself from any investigation into alleged Trump-Russia election collusion.
Then again, if in fact the entire investigation into potential Russian collusion proves to be nothing more than a ruse, based on the evidence the NSA and others may provide, that will give Trump (and Sessions) all the political cover they need to “drain the FBI swamp” and set Comey on his way.
The discredited Left-wing Washington media and the Democrats they protect will howl and scream, but Team Trump should respond with the real story here, which is this: A sitting president used the power of the intelligence community to undermine the campaign and presidency of a political opponent, and following the Nixon-era changes to intelligence surveillance law, that wasn’t supposed to happen ever again.
We noted previously we suspected that, when all is said and done, Trump will be vindicated. We appear to be one day closer to that.