Obama Camp’s Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump

Obama Camp’s Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump

Derivative of White House photo/Flickr.

The short of it:  So now we know that last year, when Americans were focused on the presidential elections, DNC and Podesta leaked emails, Hillary Clinton’s server and the Huma connection that Barack Obama’s Department of Justice and FBI were scheming to spying on Donald Trump’s campaign and the candidate himself via FISA warrants and wiretaps.

In follow up to earlier posts:  None Dare Call it “Love of Country”, From Watergate to Towergate: Even With Obama’s “Eavesdropping” and Obfuscating, Trump is Still President and Media Freaks Out over Trump Early A.M. Tweets Calling Out Obama Wiretapping, below is an excerpt of Andy McCarthy’s article in today’s National Review, The Obama Camp’s Disingenuous Denials on FISA Surveillance of Trump, which is definitely worth reading.

Obama spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, tweeted out the following on Saturday in response to President Trump’s early morning tweets.

Lewis’ tweet is the same dog whistle that Obama has espoused for eight years, i.e., “there’s no there there,” which has always been proven a lie once one searches beneath the surface.  Of course, in this instance, much is right there in our faces.

The Corner

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[…]

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