On Thursday, multiple media outlets ran lengthy bombshell reports containing stunning new details about the Obama administration’s investigation into then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump 2016’s presidential election campaign.
Later that evening, the president himself summed up these reports — some of which contained nearly 2,000 words — with one simple but powerful meme.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2020
Former President Barack Hussein Obama’s administration effectively spied on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. This is and has already been well established.
What’s now known without a doubt is that at least some of that spying was conducted based on “insufficient predication,” i.e., some of the spying was unjustified and potentially illegal.
In December, the Department of Justice confirmed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that it’d found that at least two of the four applications for surveillance that were filed by the FBI in 2016 against then-Trump campaign official Carter Page lacked enough evidence to “establish probable cause.”
The other two applications still remain under investigation.
These stunning findings were contained in an official FISA Court order that was originally issued in December by FISA Court Judge James Boasberg but published publicly Thursday.
“DOJ assesses that with respect to the applications in Docket Numbers 17-375 and 17-679, ‘if not earlier, there was insufficient predication to establish probable cause to believe that [Carter] Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power,'” the order clearly states.
View the whole order below:
These findings are a “big deal,” as noted by Brad Heath of Reuters.
Why? Because they prove that — despite all the mistrust, suspicion and mockery lobbed at the president by the Democrats and their media allies over claims that the Obama administration had illegally spied on his campaign — the fact is he was right.
Like Rep. Doug Collins tweeted early Thursday morning, this bombshell “proves what Republicans have been saying for years: There was no legal basis for spying on Carter Page during the 2016 election.”
“Congress must investigate the origins of this surveillance abuse and reform FISA to protect law abiding citizens,” he added.
This proves what Republicans have been saying for years: There was no legal basis for spying on Carter Page during the 2016 election.
Congress must investigate the origins of this surveillance abuse and reform FISA to protect law abiding citizens.https://t.co/U0lauaZS8y
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) January 23, 2020
This investigation is already underway thanks to Attorney General Bill Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham — and despite repeat efforts by congressional Democrats and their media allies to prematurely discredit it as a partisan ploy rooted in politics.
“Partisan media vehemently oppose Barr, partly for being an effective advocate of President Trump’s policies at the Department of Justice, but mostly for admitting and expressing concern about the Department of Justice’s role in the Russia collusion hoax that undermined the Trump administration,” conservative journalist Mollie Hemingway recently noted.
Some of the evidence of this may be seen below:
Sen, Mark Warner, the ranking Dem on the Senate Intel Committee, says A.G. Barr is harming America’s relationships with its closest allies by pressuring them to produce intelligence about the Russia investigation in an effort to help Trump politically.https://t.co/WF2PIY7Alj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 3, 2019
I remember when we didn’t worry about DOJ doing a president’s political bidding: “Barr & a..federal prosecutor..who is reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation, sought evidence that might bolster a conspiracy theory…nurtured by President Trump” https://t.co/Mlq0DNHtDc
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 6, 2019
Sen. Kamala Harris says Attorney General William Barr launched his own investigation into the Russia probe “to do the bidding of President Trump” and “intimidate the men and women of our intelligence community” https://t.co/QYeNW3Mzpx pic.twitter.com/BRRtAHIy1u
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2019
The DOJ Inspector General’s report propaganda was a Bill Barr/MAGA hustle. The Russia investigation was *fully legitimate.* Now Barr is exposed – again. https://t.co/Pr78iwMeEq
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) December 3, 2019
Published this Monday in The New Yorker, the latest hit piece against Barr portrayed him as some sort of madman on a wild witch hunt. To convey this point, the left-wing outlet relied on quotes from dubious figures.
“David Laufman, a former senior counter-intelligence official at the Justice Department who helped investigate Russian interference, said that the probe has also sent a clear message to U.S. officials: challenge Trump at your peril,” the piece reads.
“We’re into Crazy Town,” Laufman told the outlet. “[Barr’s investigation is] evocative of regimes in history that conduct purges for perceived disloyalty.”
“What an absurd comment to make,” her piece continued. “There have been no findings from Durham, but there have been from congressional and inspector general investigations, both of which found malfeasance. There have been criminal referrals for misconduct and personnel actions taken against some of the bad actors. The idea that full accountability can come without a proper investigation is ridiculous.”
This holds true especially when you factor in that, almost every month, another damning bombshell about the Obama administration’s surveillance campaign against Trump emerges, with the latest bombshell being, as the president summed up in his meme, that the administration spied — and it did so without proper justification.
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