(National Sentinel) From the Top: Many have long suspected that the operation to frame GOP candidate-turned-POTUS Donald Trump with a phony “Russian collusion” allegation that included the insertion of spies into his 2016 campaign could not have gone off with the full knowledge and approval of President Barack Obama.
A development over the week all but proves that POTUS Obama was indeed the master of ceremonies, if not the ringleader himself.
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Last week, Judicial Watch reported that it had obtained documents from the Justice Department indicating that no one went before the secretive FISA court in order to secure a warrant to spy on Carter Page, a policy adviser to the Trump campaign.
“No wonder the Deep Staters plotting the overthrow of Donald Trump were able to get as far as they did. The secret court meant to protect all of us from the government’s massive spy machinery was asleep at the switch. At least, I hope that’s all it was,” wrote JW President Tom Fitton Aug. 31.
In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, Fitton said DoJ “admitted in a court filing last night that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held no hearings on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) spy warrant applications targeting Carter Page, a former Trump campaign part-time advisor who was the subject of four controversial FISA warrants.”
The court documents noted:
[National Security Division] FOIA consulted [Office of Intelligence] … to identify and locate records responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request…. [Office of Intelligence] determined … that there were no records, electronic or paper, responsive to [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA request with regard to Carter Page. [Office of Intelligence] further confirmed that the [Foreign Surveillance Court] considered the Page warrant applications based upon written submissions and did not hold any hearings.
JW reminded readers that the warrants were issued for the first time in October 2016 and subsequently renewed three times.
“It is disturbing that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance courts rubber-stamped the Carter Page spy warrants and held not one hearing on these extraordinary requests to spy on the Trump team,” Fitton wrote. “Perhaps the court can now hold hearings on how justice was corrupted by material omissions that Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, a conflicted Bruce Ohr, a compromised Christopher Steele, and anti-Trumper Peter Strzok were all behind the ‘intelligence’ used to persuade the courts to approve the FISA warrants that targeted the Trump team.”
Disturbing, indeed. But it gets worse.
On Saturday, Fox News‘ Judge Janine Pirro noted that Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch — who actually had a good reputation as a prosecutor before she allowed herself to be corrupted by the most corrupt Democratic president ever — likely signed off on the approval for an FBI information in London who then spied on the Trump campaign and met with Team Trump officials on a number of occasions.
“I want you to remember that you heard it here first. Any ‘collector,’ their name for an informant working on a national campaign, must have a sign off by the Attorney General. Here that would be liar Loretta Lynch. Lynch, herself, would of have to have approved an informant on that campaign. And if she didn’t then the FBI under James Comey was even more corrupt, going rogue in their attempt to destroy Donald Trump,” she said.
But that’s not all. If Pirro is right, that means either AG Jeff Sessions or Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein pushed through extensions of the spying warrants after POTUS Trump took office.
As bad as that is, per federal statutes, OBAMA would have had to sign off on the Carter Page spying if no hearings were held before the FISA court.
Per the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act statute creating the FISA court:
AUTHORIZATION FOR ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE FOR FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE PURPOSES
SEC. 102. ø50 U.S.C. 1802¿ (a)(1) Notwithstanding any other
law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize
electronic surveillance without a court order under this title to acquire
foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year
if the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath
Remember, we’ve been told all along that Spygate was a counterintelligence operation — Team Trump was supposedly colluding with a foreign power, Russia — which explains how Strzok was involved; at one time he was the FBI’s No. 2 counterintel official.
But JW’s revelations last week combined with this new information proves what we suspected all along: Spygate came from the top. There is no other way it could have happened if a) the allegations of Russian collusion were real; and b) the normal processes established to allow the federal government to begin spying on Americans were properly followed.
Do you remember when POTUS Trump accused Obama early on of spying on him?
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