Trump transition members were under surveillance during Obama administration

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed that the U.S. intelligence community collected information on members of President Trump's transition team.

Nunes said that the information was "legally brought to him by sources who thought we should know it."

"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," Nunes said.

The likelihood that the Obama administration listened in to communications of the Trump circle is greater than the likelihood that the Russians subverted the 2016 presidential election.

Fox News treated this as a creditable story. Mark Levin has talked about stories from the New York Times going back to 2015 about the "intelligence agencies" asking for FISA warrants on Donald Trump and using the word "wiretap" and "Trump" in the same story.

The warrant for wiretapping Trump appears to have been denied, but another FISA warrant for eavesdropping on Trump's campaign staff was approved.

Trump is right to bring these issues to the forefront of public discussion, otherwise the Democrats and the liberal media will be trying to divert the public's attention from the real agendas by shouting "Russia!" every second of every minute of every hour of every day.

The fact that Ben Rhodes is still around actively contesting the wiretaps tells me that the Obama folks are very likely behind the manufacturing of the whole Russian fake news affair.

Here is how it developed.

It all started with the WikiLeaks release of Podesta's and the DNC's emails and the allegations that the Russians were behind that. Yet, there has not been a scintilla of evidence of Russian involvement.

The intelligence community says they spy on us, but who doesn't. Duh! The Obama administration may have seen this as an opportunity and orchestrated the use of the vast resources of the intelligence community to gather as much confidential information about Russian contacts as the law allowed through wiretaps (the police get them all of the time).

In the meantime the whole thing has gathered steam with the constant drip of manufactured news, like the famous fabricated dossier.

The FBI asked the Justice Department on Saturday to refute President Donald Trump's assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump's phones last year.

Republican Congressional members express skepticism on latest political talk shows about Trump's claims that President Obama wiretapped his phone in Trump Tower prior to the election.

Obama has denied President Trump's claims that the Obama administration wiretapped phones in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

The White House issued the following statement concerning President Trump's wiretapping allegations:

"Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling.

"President Donald J. Trump is requesting that as part of their investigation into Russian activity, the congressional intelligence committees exercise their oversight authority to determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016.

"Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted."

Nunes issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s Russia investigation:

“One of the focus points of the House Intelligence Committee's investigation is the U.S. government's response to actions taken by Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign. As such, the Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.”

Chairman Nunes and Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) have approved the Scope of Investigation for the inquiry by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence into the Russian active measures campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. election. While the detailed, six-page scoping document remains classified, the investigation will seek to answer the following questions:

What Russian cyber activity and other active measures were directed against the United States and its allies?

Did the Russian active measures include links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns or any other U.S. Persons?

What was the U.S. Government’s response to these Russian active measures and what do we need to do to protect ourselves and our allies in the future?

What possible leaks of classified information took place related to the Intelligence Community Assessment of these matters?

To answer these questions, the Committee will seek access to and custody of all relevant information, including law enforcement and counterintelligence information, consistent with the Committee’s oversight jurisdiction and investigative responsibilities. The Committee’s inquiry will not, however, impede any ongoing investigation.

The Committee will also conduct interviews, take witness testimony, and review all reporting underlying the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) “Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” The inquiry will seek to ensure that the ICA comported with all relevant Intelligence Community analytic standards, and that allegations of Russian collusion with any U.S. Persons and the leaks of classified information are fully investigated.

While the Committee has access to the reporting underlying the ICA, the Scope of Investigation reiterates the need to expand access to those documents and to ensure they are delivered to and stored at the Committee. It also sets forth the expectation that the Intelligence Community provide any other relevant intelligence to the Committee.

Chairman Nunes said, “The Intelligence Committee has been investigating Russia for years and warning about the Putin regime’s hostile international actions, its aggression in cyber space, and its influential international propaganda campaigns. The committee is determined to continue and expand its inquiries into these areas, including Russian activities related to the 2016 U.S. elections. On a bipartisan basis, we will fully investigate all the evidence we collect and follow that evidence wherever it leads.”

Ranking Member Schiff stated, “The House Intelligence Committee must conduct a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s interference in our election.  We must follow the facts wherever they may lead, leaving no stone unturned, and that must also include both the Russian hacking and dumping of documents as well as any potential collusion between Russia and U.S. citizens. This investigation is a national security necessity and anything less than a full accounting of all the facts will be insufficient to protect the country and meet the expectations of the American people.”

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