Last weekend, Donald Trump made an explosive claim that during his campaign Trump Tower was wiretapped – and that then-President Barack Obama was behind it.
Trump offered no evidence for the claims, but what he said may be some “truthful hyperbole” (a term Trump himself coined).
As former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy summarized in National Review, Obama’ Justice Department considered a criminal investigation aimed at a number of Trump’s associates – and found nothing criminal.
After that fail, they converted the investigation into an intelligence probe under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Elements of that story have been confirmed by The New York Times, the BBC and McClatchy newspapers.
FISA surveillance has to be approved by a special court, which almost always allows the government to spy on people when asked. To the Obama administration’s surprise, the Justice Department refused in this case. As McCarthy noted, this is notable because “the FISA court is notoriously solicitous of government requests to conduct national security surveillance.”
The Obama administration wasn’t ready to take no for an answer and came back during the final weeks of the election with a narrower request that didn’t specifically mention Trump. That narrower request was granted by the court – though no articles confirming it mention any wiretapping.
But who the heck was it who signed off on those FISA requests that were initially denied.
According to the Gateway Pundit – none other than Loretta Lynch.
According to ABC, all applications to the FISA Court were signed off on by the Attorney General and therefore if any applications were processed in the past year, they were signed off on by Loretta Lynch. This means that Lynch signed off on any requests for wire tapping President Donald Trump during the Presidential race. This is disheartening knowing that she released a video over the weekend calling for the need for more marching, blood and death on the streets. This also means that she chose not to investigate the Clinton Foundation for illegal activities but rather signed an application to wire tap President Trump.
The Gateway Pundit also notes that “Five of the current eleven judges on the court are scheduled to be on the court for President Trump’s entire first term with six of the judges’ terms expiring before January 2021. Seven of the judges are scheduled into the year 2020.”
And with that, we just found one more part of the swamp that needs to be drained.
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