On Wednesday, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-Calif) reported to the White House and the press that information regarding the Trump Transition team that was NOT related to the Russian investigation was “incidentally collected” by the Obama Administration’s intelligence communities, despite partisan harassment by fake news CNN and other hostile news outlets that Trump “had no proof” or was making “wild claims”.
Politico broke the story, reporting:
“House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under inadvertent surveillance following November’s presidential election.”
“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” “It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.” Nunes had told reporters during his press conference.
This information and the people involved were then ILLEGALLY unmasked and disseminated widely through intelligence communities and the press.
Nunes touches on that point: “I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community collected information on U.S. individuals involved in the Trump transition. Details about U.S. persons involved in the incoming administration with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value were widely disseminated in intelligence community reports.”
If information swept up during surveillance, such as the information collected through the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant granted on the Trump team, regards U.S. citizens, those citizens names are to be protected by law, not made public. This was not done in the case of Lt.General Michael Flynn, as his name was illegally unmasked and sent to the press to report on widely.
As for this “incidental collection” claim?
C’mon. Just C’MON PEOPLE.
The Obama Administration has a history of this.
As John Nolte from The Daily Wire reports: “In order to spy on James Rosen of Fox News, Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder named him as a criminal co-conspirator and, quite incredibly, a flight risk. This gave the Obama administration “legal” access not only to Rosen’s emails but Rosen’s parents’ phone records.”
Once the targets of surveillance were ILLEGALLY unmasked and widely disseminated, it went from “Incidental collection” to political spying, and the media attempted to cover it up.
The New York Times reported information on the Michael Flynn case and even called it “Wiretapped data”. THEIR OWN WORDS!
The New York Times — January 19, 2017:
FRONT PAGE Headline: “Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides”
“The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”
Everyone has been caught. The intelligence communities, the fake news, and the Russia investigators.
Devin Nunes did the right thing by going straight to the people and to President Trump. He allowed the information to reach the people without the fake news spin, which is now attacking Nunes and his competency.
That is how the Left operates. Ignore the facts, attack the character.
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