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Trump’s “Obama had my ‘wires tapped'” claim still not vindicated

Featured image Do reports (if true) that the government wiretapped Paul Manafort, including during times when he worked for candidate Trump, vindicate President Trump’s claims about the Obama administration wiring tapping his campaign? I don’t think so. To see whether Trump has been vindicated, we need to consider what he actually said about wiretapping. The tweet that generated the controversy said this: Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” »

Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline

Featured image Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has prepared an “Obama-era Surveillance Timeline.” It is a mixed bag, containing seemingly indefensible conduct by the Obama administration, but also conduct that I consider justified and proper (e.g., the prosecution of CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling). It’s clear to me from the timeline, though, that the kinds of intelligence abuses we’re hearing about now did not begin when Team Obama became concerned about Donald Trump. Attkisson »

Has Trump’s “wires tapped” tweet been vindicated?

Featured image As John discussed last night, the Washington Post is reporting that the FBI obtained a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page. If the report is true, and I assume it is, this means that the Obama administration obtained a FISA order to spy on at least one campaign associate of Donald Trump. John contends that the surveillance of Page means Trump’s famous tweets about Obama tapping his »

A Shoe Drops: Obama Administration Spied On Carter Page [Updated]

Featured image I assume this Washington Post story is true: “FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page.” It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump. So Trump’s famous tweets were, in substance, true. The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor »

Josh Earnest Doesn’t Deny Trump’s Surveillance Claims

Featured image Martha Raddatz of ABC asked former press secretary Josh Earnest whether he would deny President Trump’s claim that the Obama administration spied on his campaign. Much like former President Obama’s current spokesman, Earnest weaseled: She asked Josh Earnest point-blank, “Can you categorically deny that the Obama Justice Department did not seek and obtain a FISA court order? [sic]” His response was full of weasel words: “What I can categorically deny, »

FISAgate: Where We Are Now

Featured image I was on the Seth and Chris show with our friend Seth Leibsohn in Phoenix last night, talking about FISAgate. I think the conversation provides a good summary of what we know–and, equally important, don’t know–about this story. Here it is: »