FBI Director Comey: Obama Did NOT Wiretap, Trump & Campaign Under Criminal Investigation For Russian Ties
I respect President Obama very much. It’s not easy for a powerful, educated black man in America to gain respect for hard work and integrity, as the nation’s legacy of hatred and racial bias will exist until a lot of the Trumpanzees are finally deceased and forgotten. However, one thing he did wrong, was allow a bully and a racist to harass him for eight years. Frankly I have learned that even though you are strong enough to defend yourself against a bully, if you allow them to do so, they will wreak havoc on others, who are not strong or wealthy or powerful enough to fight back. Therefore, if anyone did to me what Trump and the Teabillies did to Pres. Obama for eight years, they would be stopped in a Court of Law, they would never enjoy eight years of harassing me, never. But Trump’s lies were shot down by Director James Comey today, when the FBI Director confirmed that Pres. Obama did NOT and could NOT surveil an individual in the US, and that that is not how it’s done, it’s done by a judge and probable cause must be met, and he also confirmed what Highlight Hollywood has always stated, Trump and his campaign are under criminal investigation with alleged ties to Russia. Pres. Obama has NEVER been under FBI investigation despite lies told on him over the course of the decade by Fox Rape Channel and Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh and other right wing racists.
Director Comey’s confirmation in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that the Trump campaign was the subject of a U.S. counterintelligence investigation was a revelation that could shadow the Trump presidency.
Highlights from Monday’s testimony:
- For the first time, Director Comey publicly confirmed the FBI is conducting an investigation into whether the Trump campaign “coordinated” with the Russian effort to influence the U.S. election.
- Comey debunked the Trump Tower wiretapping allegation.
- Comey noted that it is possible for people to collude with a foreign power without knowing it.
- Adm. Rogers, the NSA director, dismissed the notion that Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service spied on Trump at Obama’s direction.
The FBI director also dealt the president’s credibility a blow when he said he “has no information that supports” Trump’s allegation from two weeks ago that President Obama ordered surveillance of his communications in Trump Tower during the campaign.
Only courts grant permission for electronic surveillance, Comey told lawmakers, and “no individual in the United States can direct electronic surveillance of anyone.”
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Comey did not say, however, that no Trump associate was ever picked up by American surveillance. He declined to comment on anything related to surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allows the FBI to eavesdrop, with a court order, on people they suspect are agents of a foreign power.
Highlight Hollywood has reported that the FBI has reviewed intercepts showing that Trump aides communicated with Russians during the campaign.
Sitting beside the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, Comey began the hearing by revealing in his opening statement that the FBI was in the midst of a counterintelligence investigation into the Russian campaign to hack, leak and promote bogus news stories. Part of that investigation, he said, would examine whether the Trump campaign coordinated with that effort.
Comey said he could not disclose any details about the probe. Normally, he said, the FBI doesn’t confirm or deny investigations, but it can make exceptions in cases of major public interest.
Highlight Hollywood and other news organizations had reported the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation, but Comey’s public acknowledgement of it opens a dramatic new chapter. Comey did not say how long the investigation might last, but experts say counterintelligence investigations can take years to reach conclusions.
The Russian campaign was intended to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and help Trump, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have concluded. It was also designed to sow chaos and undermine American democracy — something many experts say it has succeeded in doing.
Before the hearing, Trump argued in a series of tweets that “the Russian story” was “made up” by Democrats, and not a topic for serious inquiry.
Comey’s testimony about the wiretapping claim came in response to questioning from the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California.
The FBI director carefully but explicitly refuted the claim Trump has continued to embrace since he made it two weeks ago.
On March 4, Trump tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my `wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
Trump’s efforts to double down on the allegation have forced White House aides trying to defend it publicly and embroiled close American allies in controversy.
Trump and his spokesman, Sean Spicer, made reference to a commentary on Fox News alleging that Pres. Obama had asked a British intelligence agency, GCHQ, to eavesdrop on Trump. Over the weekend, the top civilian at the National Security Agency called that claim “errant nonsense.”
NSA Director Rogers testified Monday that those claims by Trump and his aides “clearly frustrate a key ally of ours,” and he agreed they were not helpful.
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