He’s got Weiner’s laptop, with all sorts of kompromat on it, and hence is in an almost J Edgar Hoover-like position of power, and now that they’ve called each other liars publicly, Trump will never see the contents of that laptop – RB
FBI Director Asked DOJ To Publicly Reject Trump Wiretapping Claims
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Mar 5 2017
In the latest dramatic plot twist to emerge from Trump’s accusation that Obama wiretapped the Trump Tower prior to the election, the NYT reports that FBI director James Comey asked the DoJ this weekend to publicly reject Trump’s allegation that Obama eavesdropped on him during the campaign. According to the NYT, which as usual cites unnamed senior boxtops, Comey has argued that the “highly charged claim” is false and must be corrected as there is no evidence to back it up, but the DoJ has not yet released any such statement. In other words, just a few months after the Demagogs savaged Comey for supposedly attacking Clinton, and even being responsible for the failure of her presidential campaign according to John Podesta, now it is the Thugs’ turn to accuse him of turning on Trump. The boxtops said Comey made the request on Saturday after Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, and he has been working to get the DoJ to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the FBI broke the law. What is strange is that the FBI is requesting the DoJ to publicly deny Trump’s claim, when it is the FBI that has the jurisdiction to request a FISA warrant. It is therefore perplexing why Comey, if he wants to put the matter to rest, does not make the public denial himself, instead of asking the DoJ to do it on the FBI’s behalf. The NYT adds:
To be sure, such a statement would be a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement officials in the position of questioning the truthfulness of the government’s top leader. The situation underscores the high stakes of what the president and his aides have unleashed by accusing the former president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr Trump’s young administration. Furthermore, said the boxtops, it is unclear who at the DoJ would issue such a statement, even if it wanted to issue one, as Trump’s ally Sessions has recused himself from any Trump-Russia investigation, and there are few senior politically appointed officials at the DoJ who can make the decision to release a statement. Sessions recused himself on Thursday from all matters related to the federal investigation into connections between Trump, his associates and Russia. Furthermore, such a public statement would further position the nation’s top law enforcement agencies against the Executive Branch. Along with concerns about potential attacks on the bureau’s credibility, senior FBI officials are said to be worried that the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election.
That, or raise even greater “worries” about allegations that the Obama administration was seeking to potentially sabotage a presidential candidate with a wiretap over Trump’s Russian connections that as Clapper admitted earlier, has found nothing. In an additional ironic twist, Comey’s behind-the-scenes maneuvering is certain to invite contrasts to his actions last year, when he spoke publicly about the Hillary Clinton email case and disregarded DoJ entreaties not to. Meanwhile, the White House showed no indication that it would back down from Trump’s claims. On Sunday, Sean Spicer said that the White House has demanded a congressional inquiry into whether Obama “abused the power” of federal law enforcement agencies prior the 2016 presidential election. In his statement, Trump called “reports” about the wiretapping “very troubling” and said that Congress should examine them as part of its investigations into Russia’s meddling in the election. According to Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy:
Trump was pissed about the wiretap story. When I mentioned Obama “denials” about the wiretaps, he shot back: “This will be investigated! It will all come out! I will be proven right!”
It is unclear whether a statement from Comey would put the matter to rest, or whether a full-blown probe into the alleged wiretapping will proceed regardless, as Trump has demanded, especially since it would be the DoJ’s word against that of the president. As it already is in the case of former DNI Clapper. In case Comey needs a reminder of just what the so-called ‘Obamagate’ timeline looks like, and where the DoJ was allegedly involved, here is the story so far…
- June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the FISA Court to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.
- July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the DNC that show an effort to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.
- October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.
- October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrower request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, as Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.
- January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports upon, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.
- January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the NYT reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the NSA to share globally intercepted personal communications with the sixteen other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers and reduced protections could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly and/or leaked.
- January: NYT report. The NYT reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day that several agencies, including the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the Treasury Dept, are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the existence of “a multi-agency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.
- February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between Michael Flynn, then a private citizen, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled VP Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.
- February: NYT claims extensive Russian contacts. The NYT cites “four current and former Pindo boxtops” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intel boxtops. The Trump campaign denies the claims and the NYT admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Thugs begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.
- March: the WaPo targets Jeff Sessions. The WaPo reports that Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The WaPo suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the WaPo) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The NYT, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.
Trump Does Not Accept Comey’s Wiretap Denial: White House
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Mar 6 2017
Having thrown the DoJ under the bus yesterday, it appears the FBI Director has not managed to pass the hot potato of blame/responsibility for Trump’s wiretap accusations. As The Hill reports, a White House spox said on Monday that she “doesn’t think” Trump accepts Comey’s denial of his claims. As a reminder, a NYT report Sunday said that Comey asked the DoJ to publicly reject Trump’s claims. Senior Pindo boxtops told the NYT that Comey has said that Trump’s wiretapping allegations are false and that on Saturday he asked the DoJ to publicly correct the record. The FBI and DoJ declined to comment to the NYT. But as The Hill reports, it appears that Trump is not buying Comey’s denial that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday on ABC Good Morning Pindostan:
No, I don’t think he does. He wants the truth to come out to the Pindo creeple, and he is asking that it be done through the House Intelligence Committee, and that that be the process that we go through.
Additionally, The Hill reports that Kellyanne Conway also called for Comey to share any information he might have on Trump’s allegations. Conway said on Fox News:
If Mr Comey has something he’d like to say, I’m sure we’re all willing to hear it. All I saw was a published news report. I didn’t see a statement from him. I don’t know what Mr Comey knows. If he knows, of course, he can issue a statement. We know he’s not shy.
In the meantime the pushback against Trump’s accusation continues to grow with increasingly more republicans now rejecting the president’s claims, and moments ago House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz told CBS that he has seen nothing that backs Trump’s wiretap claims.
Bitter recriminations within the ruling class over Trump’s claim
Andre Damon, WSWS, Mar 6 2017
The extraordinary political crisis gripping the Pindo state intensified over the weekend after Trump accused Obama of wiretapping his phones as part of an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. In a series of Twitter posts early Saturday morning, Trump accused Obama of spying on his communications during the 2016 election campaign. Sean Spicer followed up by demanding that Congress investigate the Obama White House “as part of their investigation into Russian activity.” The ferocious conflict within the state was underscored by a report Sunday evening in the NYT that Comey asked the DoJ to issue a statement denying Trump’s claims, but the DoJ has not done so. The NYT commented:
Comey’s request is a remarkable rebuke of a sitting president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the position of questioning Trump’s truthfulness.
Comey, a high-level DoJ official in the Bush 43 administration, was appointed by Obama to head the FBI in Sep 2013 and has continued this role under Trump. In an indication of the lack of evidence behind the campaign over “Russian hacking” by the media and the Demagogs the NYT reported:
In addition to being concerned about potential attacks on the bureau’s credibility, senior FBI officials are said to be worried that the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts to disrupt the presidential election.
The revelation of Comey’s extraordinary intervention marked a new high point in tensions between the White House and the media, which earlier in the week appeared to have partially subsided following Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Trump’s speech, in which he reiterated his pledges to oversee a massive handout to the corporations and Wall Street, evoked a largely favorable response from the press and sent stock markets soaring. On Wednesday, however, the WaPo reported that Sessions met twice with Russia’s ambassador to Pindostan, which he did not mention at his confirmation hearing last month, setting off a media furor that led to Sessions’ recusal Thursday from the FBI investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia. According to reports by Politico and the WaPo, Sessions made the decision to recuse himself without consulting Trump, leading to a “furious” response from the president on Friday, followed by the Tweets on Saturday morning. In response to Trump’s accusation, an Obama spokesman made a blanket denial that the Obama White House ordered surveillance on Trump or any other Pindo citizen. Obama spox Kevin Lewis said:
Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any Pindo citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.
While the claim that the government does not oversee spying on US citizens is patently absurd, Trump has not provided any evidence to back up his assertion of a wiretapping order. On Sunday, White House spox Josh Earnest was asked by ABC’s Martha Raddatz:
Can you categorically deny that the Obama DoJ did not seek and obtain a FISA court-ordered wiretap of the Trump campaign?
I don’t know. I was not in the position of being regularly briefed on an FBI criminal or counter-intelligence investigation.
Speaking subsequently on NBC Meet the Press, former DNI Clapper denied Trump’s accusations, declaring:
There is no FISA court order, not to my knowledge, of anything at Trump Tower (sic – RB).
Whatever the veracity of the charges, the conflict between the Trump administration and its critics within the political establishment is the form taken by a conflict within the Pindosi ruling class, centered on issues of foreign policy. Within this conflict, there is no progressive or democratic side. The Demagogs have chosen to oppose Trump on an entirely reactionary, pro-war basis, seeking to whip up a McCarthyite political atmosphere that simultaneously demoralizes and disorients the broad popular opposition to Trump, while laying the basis for war and domestic repression. The media furore over the weekend served to distract attention from a series of reactionary measures of the Trump administration. Mass dragnet roundups of undocumented workers are continuing, while newspapers carried reports over the weekend that the White House is making plans to break up families caught crossing the border, placing children in state custody while their parents are imprisoned pending deportation. The administration is also engaged in substantial military escalation in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, all without any public discussion. Last week, the Senate confirmed Rick Perry as Energy Secretary and Ben Carson as Housing Secretary, both of whom plan to radically slash social spending and regulation in their respective departments. The Demagogs, meanwhile, have entirely focused their opposition to Trump, not on his reactionary domestic policies, but on ensuring that he does not back down from Pindostan’s deepening confrontation with Russia.
Globalist Freak Out: Mika Chokes Back Tears Over Trump Tweets
The_Real_Fly, Zero Hedge, Mar 6 2017
Mika Brzezinski had a meltdown on her MSNBC shill show this morning, intensifying her hand wringing over Trump’s latest salvo into the spying world of Barack Obama. Care trolling for an emmy, Mika declared ‘this is not funny,’ describing how scared she was over Trump’s fake news agenda, which was both ‘dangerous’ and ‘unstable.’ She wanted Trump supporters to know, emphatically, that you’d have to look at yourselves in the mirror, declaring we were at a ‘low point’ in Pindo history and that after this dark period had passed, life would continue, inferring that people who supported Trump now would be held accountable afterward.
You have to look in the mirror and think about this country after this is over. You need to think of the end game here, because there isn’t one at the rate we are going.
She cited some of her unnamed sources, describing Reince Priebus as ‘flailing’ terribly and Steve Bannon as feeding President Trump fake news. She said Trump, a man who ‘has no respect for the office,’ was ‘riffing’ at it. Watch this snowflake melt. Classic leftardism.