Order by President Obama causally linked to MSM publication of leaked sensitive material about Trump and Trump campaign communications with the Russians
of direct activity involving a Trump server makes a fine distinctions between the surveillance of a computer server and tapping phones --- also between FISA criminal warrants and FISA authorized surveillance for national security
According to an online magazine called “Circa” --- A “…. months-long FBI counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign briefly investigated a computer server tied to Donald Trump's businesses near the end of the election but has not gathered evidence of election tampering to date that would warrant criminal charges against any of the president’s associates…” (See “The FBI investigated a Trump server in its Russia probe, but no charges are expected” by John Solomon & Sara Carter, 3/8/17, Circa/ Politics [http://circa.com/politics/fbi-probe-of-donald-trump-and-russia-during-election-yielded-no-evidence-of-crimes]). This article was picked up and linked by the Daily Caller (See "Report: FBI Russia Probe Failed To Find Evidence Against Trump" by Kerry Pickett, 3/8/17, The Daily Caller/ Politics [http://dailycaller.com/2017/03/08/report-fbi-russia-probe-failed-to-find-evidence-against-trump/]).
What some “US OFFICIALS” said
The Soloman and Carter article in Circa went on to say this: “…. U.S. officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said there is widespread frustration among intelligence professionals who have watched in horror as a normally secretive process has been distorted by media leaks and politicians uneducated about how counterintelligence operations actually work….”
It included this quoted material Circa’s source: “..... ‘I've never seen a case so misrepresented and leaks so damaging to a process that was meant to be conducted in secret.’ — ….” And this: “ ‘We have people spouting off who don’t know the difference between FISA surveillance and a wiretap or a counterintelligence probe versus a special prosecutor, and it has hurts our ability to get to the truth and has wrongly created the impression that intelligence officials have a political agenda,” said one source directly familiar with the drama.’…”
Obama’s Order facilitates leaks of sensitive classified material related to Trump and the Trump Campaign
The start of 2017 brought with it an unexpected politicizing of Trump-related intelligence gathered in secret.
Congress was briefed in early January, as were many other government officials; and separately, the Obama administration amended a long-standing executive order expanding who would receive the Trump-related information. That order allowed information intercepted through FISA warrants or by the National Security Agency to be shared to a wider audience in 16 government agencies as Obama was leaving office. As a result, intelligence which should have been available to just a handful of top intelligence officers was spread through briefings to scores of workers in other intelligence- and security-related agencies. Soon leaks of that information began appearing in the mainstream media --- usually in stories lacking the context of how national security investigations are actually conducted.
The leak of former General Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador alarmed career FBI officials, who knew that they had been gathered using the most sensitive of surveillance powers and should have remained secured as highly classified.