On his show on Wednesday, talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said the FBI almost succeeded in bringing down the Trump campaign, and the only reason it didn’t is because a Trump campaign staffer decided not to hire the spy the FBI sent to infiltrate it and set a Russian-collusion trap.
FBI spy Stefan Halper, he reminded listeners, tried to get hired by the Trump campaign, and was interviewed by Sam Clovis, the campaign’s national co-chair.
“And the way Halper did it, he used to work for Bush 41 and he used to work for Reagan and he tried to leverage that experience,” said Limbaugh. “Thank goodness Sam Clovis didn’t hire him.”
“And what was gonna happen,” said Limbaugh, “was that Halper was gonna then join the Trump foreign policy team. And guess what he was gonna do? He was gonna start talking to Russians. And they were going to create the collusion. They attempted to create the collusion when they couldn’t find any. That’s how close we came, it’s how despicable this was.”
Limbaugh reminded his listeners of Donald Trump’s tweets in March of 2017, announcing he’s just found out that Trump Tower, where his campaign was headquartered, was wiretapped by the Obama administration.
Trump was roundly mocked by the major media, with the New York Times referring to his tweets as a “weekend outburst” and quoted unnamed “senior American officials” who said the claim was false.
We now know that FISA warrants were obtained to spy on Paul Manafort and Carter Page and capture all of their communication. Manafort was the manager of the Trump campaign until mid-August of 2016.
Attorney General William Barr testified Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee that he believed the president was spied on.
“He was asked point-blank if he thinks there was spying on the campaign,” said Limbaugh. “He paused, and he was looking for the right way to say it. He said, ‘No, Senator, there was spying. There was spying.’ He knows there was spying. He knows who the spies were. He knows the informants that were implanted into the Trump campaign.”
“I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” Barr said in his testimony. “It’s a big deal. The generation I grew up in, which was the Vietnam War period, you know, people were all concerned about spying on anti-war people and so forth by the government, and there were a lot of rules put in place to make sure that there’s an adequate basis before our law enforcement agencies get involved in political surveillance.”
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