(WND) Let the great cover up begin.
That’s what more than a few conservative political analysts say is happening now after President Trump threw a Twitter dart that landed between the collective eyes of the Obama administration and its scheme to take down Trump.
Barack Obama did not hesitate to use the federal surveillance apparatus against his foes during his eight years in office (see list at end of story), but his defenders nonetheless cried “conspiracy theory” Monday in their attempts to deflect Trump’s Twitter accusations.
Trump tweeted that his predecessor in the White House ordered, in October of last year, a wiretap of his campaign headquarters at Trump Tower, comparing Obama to Nixon and Watergate.
While Obama and his spokespersons have denied ordering any such action, a careful reading of their denials leaves open the possibility of sensational executive overreach if not outright illegal activity.
Andrew McCarthy, in an op-ed for National Review, explained how, technically, a president doesn’t “order” such surveillance measures. And just because a “wiretap” may not have been placed directly on a Trump Tower phone line doesn’t mean other forms of surveillance weren’t taken against Trump or his campaign surrogates.
“This seems disingenuous on several levels. First, as Obama officials well know, under the FISA process, it is technically the FISA court that ‘orders’ surveillance. And by statute, it is the Justice Department, not the White House, that represents the government in proceedings before the FISA court. So, the issue is not whether Obama or some member of his White House staff ‘ordered’ surveillance of Trump and his associates. The issues are (a) whether the Obama Justice Department sought such surveillance authorization from the FISA court, and (b) whether, if the Justice Department did that, the White House was aware of or complicit in the decision to do so. Personally, given the explosive and controversial nature of the surveillance request we are talking about – an application to wiretap the presidential candidate of the opposition party, and some of his associates, during the heat of the presidential campaign, based on the allegation that the candidate and his associates were acting as Russian agents – it seems to me that there is less than zero chance that could have happened without consultation between the Justice Department and the White House.”
As former Reagan deputy Attorney General Mark Levin pointed out in a Fox News interview, the Obama DOJ under Loretta Lynch tried on two occasions to get FISA court approval to intercept communications between Trump campaign surrogates and Russian officials. The first attempt in June was rejected, then the DOJ came back in October with a more narrowly focused request that was granted. This has already been reported in January by multiple outlets including the New York Times.
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