FBI & Dept Of Justice: No Evidence Of Surveillance Of Trump Tower

The Department of Justice and the FBI have confirmed that neither has found any evidence that Trump Tower was ever “wiretapped” under orders of the Obama administration.

Via The Hill:

The motion confirms that neither the FBI nor the Justice Department’s National Security Division have records documenting wiretaps as alleged by President Trump in a series of tweets earlier this year.

The Friday filing marked the Justice Department’s first official denial of the substance of Trump’s wiretapping tweets earlier this year.

In March, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had discovered that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the run-up to the November election, which he called “McCarthyism.”

But the Trump administration did not provide evidence that such surveillance took place, and a spokesman for Obama rejected that the administration wiretapped the real estate mogul’s building.

Likewise, former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May, denied that the Obama administration surveilled the Trump campaign.

Basically, this was just another episode of a Trump tantrum with no sense of responsibility for the language he was using.

Wild And Wilder: White House Alleges UK Spied On Trump For Obama, UK Slaps Back

Donald Trump’s allegation that President Obama ordered “surveillance” on Trump during the presidential campaign continues to get even more unbelievable.

On Thursday, during a White House press briefing, spokesman Sean Spicer cited comments by Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano asserting a British spy agency was involved in the alleged surveillance of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

Napolitano had stated on-air that President Obama had asked Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, the intelligence collection agency known as the GCHQ, to surveil Mr. Trump.

Said Sean Spicer:

“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the N.S.A., he didn’t use the C.I.A., he didn’t use the F.B.I., and he didn’t use the Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What is that? It’s the initials for the British intelligence spying agency. So simply, by having two people saying to them, ‘The president needs transcripts of conversations involved in candidate Trump’s conversations involving President-elect Trump,’ he was able to get it and there’s no American fingerprints on this.”

The British government immediately denied the allegation on Thursday in a statement issued by the spy agency, labeling the assertions “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous.”

Today, President Trump was asked about the kerfuffle at a press event with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by a German reporter. Trump answered, “We said nothing. All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind who was the one responsible for saying that on television. I didn’t make an opinion on it. You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”

Shortly after Trump’s comments, Fox News’ Shepard Smith issued this strongly worded statement from his network: “Fox News cannot confirm Judge Napolitano’s commentary. Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now president of the United States was surveilled at any time in any way, full stop.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper has clearly had just about all the BS he can handle from Trump. Tapper opened his show on CNN thusly:

“In a fevered effort to try to force this outlandish claim into something remotely resembling – passably, perhaps, maybe – the truth, the White House appears actually willing to repeat another wild accusation that potentially could alienate our nation’s most important ally.

“Does smearing British intelligence make your family more safe? No? So why is the White House doing it? What is the White House defending here? Because it damn sure isn’t national security or American credibility before the world.”

How does any of this “make America great again?”

Watch Tapper below:

Trump Officially Backpedals On “Wire Tapping,” Meant “Surveillance”

At a heated White House press briefing, Sean Spicer had a near melt-down over what he feels is “unfair” coverage of President Trump’s assertion that President Obama personally ordered a wire tap on Trump’s phones in Trump Tower.

Spicer attempted to distort the bipartisan statement issued today by the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Senate Intelligence committee which read, “Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016.”

So, to be clear, both the Senate and House Intelligence committees have announced they see no evidence of any surveillance by the U.S. of Donald Trump.

As expected, Spicer finally began backpedaling by saying what Trump meant when he tweeted “wire tapp” was “surveillance.”

To be exact, in two separate tweets Trump specifically said “tapping my phones:”

GOP House Intelligence Committee Chairman On Trump Wire Tap Allegations: “Clearly The President Was Wrong”

Congressmen Adam Schiff (L) and Devin Nunes (R)

Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters this morning he thinks President Donald Trump was wrong when he accused President Barack Obama of wiretapping him.

Nunes, an 8-term U.S. Congressman from California, also says he doesn’t believe Trump Tower was wiretapped at all.

“I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” the 8-term Congressman from California told reporters during a joint press conference with Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA).

“We don’t have any evidence” that President Obama tapped Trump Tower, Nunes said. Going further, he added, “I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”

“Now you have to decide, as I mentioned to you last week, are you going to take the tweets literally? And if you are, then clearly the president was wrong,” he said.

Note how very uncomfortable Nunes is here. He can’t even look the reporters in the eye.

As the White House staff has begun parsing the president’s accusations, let’s go back and remember just exactly what it is that Trump is alleging:

White House: Obama Didn’t Wiretap Trump’s Phones, He “Wiretapped” Them

So, this is how President Trump will backtrack out of his false allegation that President Obama wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower.

According to Trump spokesman Sean Spicer today during a White House press briefing, Obama didn’t wiretap Trump’s phones.

He “wiretapped” the phones.

See, those were air quotes utilized by Spicer. Watch below at the :55 mark:

In truth, President Trump specifically accused Obama of tapping “my phones” during the 2016 election.

It’s been over a week since the Trumpster took to Twitter to accuse Obama of tapping his phones. Folks from Capitol Hill to the media have asked every day what proof Trump has to base such an outrageous accusation.

The answer is, of course, none.

Spicer also said that Trump was referring to the Obama administration broadly; that Trump didn’t mean to specify President Obama as an individual.

However, Trump’s language in those now-infamous tweets included “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” and accused Obama of being a “bad” or “sick guy.” Sounds like he was talking about Obama to me.

I guarantee what happened was Trump read the allegation from Breitbart thanks to a report put in his daily reading pile by an aide. Trump, already angry from Jeff Sessions quick decision to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian contacts, went on a Twitter tear about the idea of being surveilled, without bothering to think about any future blowback of such an allegation.

Now, he’s stuck with providing concrete proof, or looking foolish.

Guess which one it’s going to be?

Senate Committee Requests FBI Provide Evidence (If Any) Of Trump Wiretaps

From the New York Times:

On Wednesday, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism asked the F.B.I. and the Justice Department for evidence that the government had sought legal permission to tap Mr. Trump’s phones.

The request came in a letter from Senators Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, and Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, to Mr. Comey and the acting deputy attorney general, Dana Boente. Mr. Boente is overseeing the Russia inquiry because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any cases involving the Trump campaign and Russia, after acknowledging he met with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak.

“We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders — redacted as necessary to protect intelligence sources and methods that may be compromised by disclosure, and to protect any ongoing investigations — related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump campaign or Trump Tower,” the senators wrote.

George Stephanopoulos Shuts Down Trump Spokesperson On “Wire Tap” Lies

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on both Good Morning America and The Today Show this morning in an attempt to bolster President Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that President Obama ordered a wire tap on Trump Tower phones during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Clearly Sanders was proud of herself (or a White House staffer) who seemed to come up with her folksy line about walking on water since she repeated the same dialogue on both shows.

“The media loves to create this false narrative against the current president but is so quick to dismiss anything under the past administration. If the president walked across the Potomac, the media would report that he couldn’t swim.”

During the GMA appearance, George Stephanopoulos tried to stay to the facts asking Huckabee Sanders if Trump accepts FBI Director James Comey’s public denial that the wiretap happened. With a straight face, Huckabee Sanders replied, “You know, I don’t think that he does.”

Several times during the segment, Huckabee Sanders would attempt to draw a false equivalence between Trump’s assertion of wiretapping, and the alleged connections between Trump and Russian officials. Stephanopoulos wasn’t having it.

More than once, TV viewers heard Stephanopoulos stop Huckabee Sanders with, “I’ve got to stop you. That is simply not true … Not a single one of those articles backs it up. So what is the president’s evidence?”

Huckabee Sanders eventually turned back to her clearly rehearsed line about Trump walking across the Potomac, looking quite pleased with herself.