Nunes and King seem to agree that Trump was basically correct in accusing Former President Obama of seriously abusing his office by allowing key parts of his administration to engage in electronic surveillance of Trump and/or members of his top team of advisors --- WITHOUT SIGNFICANT NATIONAL SECURITY JUSTIFICATION(S)
Peter King >>> “Trump Surveillance Report Shows 'Shameful' Intel Violations” --- “99.5 Percent Accurate to Say Obama Admin Surveilled Trump Transition
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ABUSE OF POWER SCANDAL is growing as congressional Republicans give very visible credence to Trump’s very serious accusations against Obama and the Obama administration
Let’s start with Politico’s report about House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes bombshell remarks at the White House yesterday --- “… Devin Nunes declared Wednesday that members of Donald Trump’s transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under [ ] surveillance following November’s presidential election…. (See “Nunes claims some Trump transition messages were intercepted” by Austin Wright, 3/22/17, Politico/ Magazine/ Trump Presidency/Policy [http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/devin-nunes-donald-trump-surveillance-obama-236366]). [NOTE: THIS POLITICO ARTICLE DEVOTED ALMOST AS MUCH TIME, SPACE AND “INK” TO THE DEMOCRATS’ COMPLAINTS ABOUT CONGRESSMAN NUNES’ COMING FORWARD WITH THIS INFORMATION DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE --- I WON”T DEAL WITH ANY OF THAT; IF YOU CARE WHAT SOME DEMOCRATS WERE WHINING ABOUT, READ THE POLITICO ARTICLE YOURSELF].
Back to what Nunes had to say --- the Politico article also said this: “…. The White House and Trump’s allies immediately seized on the statement as vindication of the president’s much-maligned claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phones — even though Nunes himself said that’s not what his new information shows….”
POLITICO DESCRIBES NUNES’ NEW INFORMATION
“…. Nunes set off the firestorm with a news conference earlier in the day [3/22] in which he described the surveillance of Trump aides through what’s called ‘incidental collection,’ something he noted was routine and legal. Such collection can occur when a person inside the United State communicates with a foreign target of U.S. surveillance. In such cases, the identities of U.S. citizens are supposed to be shielded — but can be ‘unmasked’ by intelligence officials under certain circumstances…. Nunes, himself a Trump transition member, said a ‘source’ had shown him evidence that members of the Trump transition team had been unmasked — and that their identities had been revealed in U.S. intelligence reports. Nunes had previously raised questions about the unmasking of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, whose communications with Russia’s ambassador were intercepted by the U.S. government and whose identity was leaked to the news media….”
WHAT THE NUNES DISCLUSURE MEANS -- INTELLIGENCE ON TRUMP INCLUDED MATTERS THAT WEREN’T RUSSIA RELATED
According to Politico --- “…. Nunes suggested this unmasking might have been done for political reasons, saying the evidence he had seen had been widely disseminated across the intelligence community and had ‘little or no apparent intelligence value.’ He added that he was trying to get more information by Friday from the FBI, CIA and NSA…. ‘I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,’ the California Republican told reporters. ‘It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.’ He said the information he had seen was not related to the FBI’s Russia investigation.
POLITICO SAYS FUTURE CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS WILL GET INTO THE ISSUE OF ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE OF TRUMP AND HIS TEAM
The Politico article ended with this: “…. [Nunes’] committee is set to hold a public hearing next Tuesday with members of the Obama administration, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who was fired by Trump in January after refusing to defend his first travel ban executive order in court…. They are almost certain to face questions on the matter…. FBI Director James Comey appeared before the panel on Monday and confirmed that the FBI launched a counterintelligence investigation in July into Russia’s election meddling, including possible coordination with the Trump campaign.”
CONGRESSMAN PETER KING SAYS THAT TRUMP WAS
PROBABLY RIGHT WHEN HE SAID HE WAS “WIRETAPPED” BY OBAMA
Wednesday, Peter King, the Republican Congress that sits on the House Intelligence Committee said that the committee’s review of the president’s claim that his transition team was right on-target; meaning that, according to King, Trump was justified in to bringing it all up in his Tweets.
According to Congressman Rep. Peter King --- President Trump has “a legitimate case to make,” vis a vis Trump’s assertion on Twitter that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower (See “GOP Rep Peter King: 99.5 Percent Accurate to Say Obama Admin Surveilled Trump Transition” by Jeff Poor, 3/22/17, Breitbart News/ [ http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2017/03/22/gop-rep-peter-king-99-5-percent-accurate-say-obama-admin-surveilled-trump-transition/]).
However, it should also be noted that King also indicated that Trump might have “overstepped” or “overplayed his hand.”The Breitbart article went on to say that --- “Host Bill O’Reilly pressed King on the seriousness of Trump being ‘surveilled,’ to which King said it was at least 99.5 percent correct [Trump] was surveilled…. ‘I would say, from all I know, you’re at least 99-and-a-half percent accurate, and probably 100 percent,’ he replied….”
Fox’s own report on the O’Reilly interview with Congressman gives all of this slightly different flavor. According to Fox, when King said Trump "overplayed his hand" by flatly making his accusation that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, the Long Island Congressman clarified his statement by adding that information pertaining to Trump was used and leaked illegally in the process of conducting other surveillance…. He said authorities must find who gave the order to "unmask" Trump or his associates and who allowed the information to be leaked out.… [B]ut what we do know is, to me, this is shameful….” (See “Peter King: Trump Surveillance Report Shows 'Shameful' Intel Violations” by Staff Writer 3/22/17, Fox News/ Insider [http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/22/trump-wiretapping-report-shows-shameful-intelligence-violations-peter-king-says]).