The President Doesn’t Order Wiretaps
Donald Trump is the President-though not a legitimate one. But he doesn’t seem to know that the President doesn’t order wiretaps. His quarrel is with the FBI and the FISA Court.
Indeed, that the FBI asked for a warrant to investigate Trump is old news.
“The last person to find out about something is usually the one who’s the most upset about it, right? That may explain why Donald Trump is outraged today to finally learn that Trump Tower had been wiretapped shortly before the election. But he still somehow has just about every detail of the story wrong. And that’s remarkable, considering that I’ve known since November that the FBI had an eavesdropping warrant against Trump Tower over Russia. And I wrote about it.”
“Back on November 7th, a conservative/libertarian news outlet named Heat Street reported that its inside sources at the FBI had informed it of a FISA warrant regarding Donald Trump and Trump Tower. The article was written by Louise Mensch. I don’t agree with her ideological views but she doesn’t make things up, so I knew that the report had to be true. I wrote a brief news item pointing people back to the original Heat Street article, because I knew this was big and it needed to be seen by as many people as possible. After all, this story broke the night before the election.”
“Due to the timing and Trump’s news-dominating shocking win the next day, the story never gained traction at the time.”
Also the only story that got traction the last 11 days was ‘But her emails.’ As for Louise Mensch, I haven’t take the time to figure out her ideology and don’t care. She’s the best. She has gotten so much right.
She was mocked when she talked about the Russia ties of Jeff Sessions. This is what she wrote a month ago.
Then there is her very important work on the catfishing of Anthony Weiner-which is the straight line to the Comey letter.
So the President doesn’t order wiretaps but Trump-who is the-illegitimate-President doesn’t know this. He’s only been in office six weeks.
All this nonsense about Obama is just getting Trump deeper in quicksand. The irony is the FBI won’t even say if there’s an investigation or not. But Trump is more or less confirming that there is.
No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you. https://t.co/lEVscjkzSw
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 4, 2017
It’s not hard to see what Trump is up to here. It’s one of his favorite tactics:
“One of President Trump’s most consistent rhetorical maneuvers is a fairly basic but often highly effective one—the diversionary reverse accusation. When he is accused of benefitting from “fake news,” he flips the neologism on its head; suddenly CNN, the Times, and the rest are “fake news.” When Democratic politicians such as Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi call for investigations of his campaign’s contacts with Russian officials, Trump posts pictures of those critics meeting publicly with Vladimir Putin and calls for an investigation. This happened on Saturday. He fogs the language and clouds the issue.”
Here he is trying to make Obama the issue.
“The stories on Breitbart appear to be related to the efforts of American intelligence and law-enforcement officials to investigate potential links between Trump aides and Russian officials. It would seem that Trump, in the same spirit of diversion, has conflated the work of the courts, law enforcement, and intelligence agencies with “Obama.”
But in this case, he is stepping on some major quicksand. While the FBI has been very tight lip, he’s demanding an investigation into a wiretap of Trump Tower. This might well confirm information that Comey and friends-for whatever reason-have not been willing to be forthcoming about.
“Trump’s Tweets Are Exactly Why We Need An Investigation.”
“We don’t know who’s wiretapping whom. That’s why Americans need to get the truth about the president’s ties to Russia, and soon.”
Exactly. Trump’s attempt at a diversion only makes real answers more urgent. So ironically he is just turning up the heat on himself.
In other news:
“Donald Trump appears to have illegally leaked classified info in his Trump Tower wiretap tweets.”
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