Monday, April 03, 2017

So, basically, Trump was "wiretapped" by Obama.

This is getting confirmations in a variety of news sites:

//Susan Rice, who Newsweek once described as former President Barack Obama’s “right-hand woman,” was at the center of unmasking Trump administration officials, a new report concludes.
Eli Lake, who broke the story for Bloomberg View, wrote on Monday morning: “White House lawyers last month discovered that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

“The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on ‘unmasking’ the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like ‘U.S. Person One.’

“The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy. …”

One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration,” Mr. Lake reported.

This is a bombshell report confirms other outlets’ reporting, and explains why House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes was acting so cagey last week. He had to go to the White House to get access to the NSC’s computers and Ms. Rice’s log-ins. Bloomberg’s reporting confirms a New York Times account that Mr. Cohen-Watnick took the review to the White House general counsel and then subsequently gave the information to Mr. Nunes.//

Obama "weaponized" the IRS to go after his political enemies, including journalists.

Why should anyone give him the benefit of the doubt on this?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"Why should anyone give him the benefit of the doubt on this?"

It sure seems like all will be made clear in the end. Everyone gets the benefit of the doubt until evidence is made public. So far, nothing clearly proves either "tribes" case. Although, I wouldn't want to be Michael Flynn at this point, and I never thought I'd see Republicans turn "Boris Badinoff" and become so accommodating of Russia and its fearless leader.

Who links to me?