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The Trump Tower Wiretapping Hoax Has Imploded

President Obama never wiretapped Donald Trump—that was fake news....

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By John R. Schindler
03/15/17

Less than two weeks ago, President Donald Trump set the political world afire with a series of pre-dawn tweets publicly accusing Barack Obama of “wiretapping” Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign. The White House provided no evidence for this explosive claim, which, if true, meant that our 44th president and our Intelligence Community engaged in conspiratorial high crimes against our current president. There was no reason to take these Trumpian flights of fancy seriously, despite the immense seriousness of the charges made against Obama, yet the president’s hardcore fans accepted this unique tweetstorm hook, line and sinker. Strong denials from a host of top intelligence officials, explaining that President Trump’s accusations were preposterous, cut no ice among White House true believers, who castigate any media coverage they dislike as “fake news.” As I explained shortly after this strange scandal broke, while some of Trump’s associates seem to have wound up on Western intelligence radar in 2016 due to their frequent calls to top Kremlin officials—senior spies and politicos in Moscow who are very much the targets of Western spy services—the notion was absurd.

Over the last week-and-a-half, just how kooky the president’s fantasy was has become painfully evident. To resolve this touchy matter, the House Intelligence Committee ordered the Department of Justice to hand over evidence of any “wiretapping” by Monday—a deadline that came and went without anything proffered. On Monday afternoon, the DoJ lamely asked Congress for an extension, but there’s no reason to think they will find what the White House seeks, no matter how much time they’re granted. The same day, White House spokesman Sean Spicer attempted to talk his way around his principal’s untruths, without success. Spicer’s explanation that “the President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities” was met with guffaws from the press. In other words, when the commander-in-chief explicitly accused his predecessor of “wiretapping” him, he didn’t mean that at all. This transparent dodge is troubling for many reasons, not least because wiretapping has a specific legal and intelligence meaning.

Adding to the president’s pain, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated today that certainly he didn’t give Trump the far-out idea that Obama had wiretapped him, so it seems likely that the whole sordid tweetstorm was caused by nothing more than far-right online speculation. With Congressional statements today, including from White House allies like Rep. Nunes, the fake issue of President Obama’s spying on candidate Trump ought to evaporate like the malevolent mirage it always was. That won’t happen, of course. We can expect Trump’s fantasy tweets to live forever in the hot-house of the online far-right, where fervid worries about a mythical “deep state” are rampant, but Americans who value facts over fantasy already know what happened here. A sitting president made public accusations of high crimes against his predecessor, without any evidence for his incendiary claims. This is the stuff of tin-pot dictatorships—not high-functioning democratic republics. Neither does any of this inspire confidence that when a genuine crisis hits this White House—as will almost certainly happen eventually—President Trump will possess the self-discipline or grasp on reality to function as the effective leader he must be. If the current White House occupant doesn’t learn from this self-created debacle, even stormier seas are ahead for his presidency—and our country.
Trump is firmly in Conway 'alternate truth' and Bannon tin-hat territory.

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Yes, it has. And perhaps we nowunderstand whyhe made the charge.

Because now that we have had a serious focus on the President's charges, it has had to be proven that not only did the White house not tap HIS phones, but what admitted the surveillance of a Server in his Building did was prove there was NO NEFERIOUS CONNECTION between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

And none found anywhere else. That's no evidence of the charge made by the Democrats of Russian meddling in collusion with THE Donald.

So now can we move on from that pack of lies.
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Yes, it has. And perhaps we nowunderstand whyhe made the charge.
Because now that we have had a serious focus on the President's charges, it has had to be proven that not only did the White house not tap HIS phones, but what admitted the surveillance of a Server in his Building ...
Which demonstrates some pretty damn heinous crap from Trump.
For Trump to accuse somebody falsely and then not even have the balls to be honest as to the lie?


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...did was prove there was NO NEFERIOUS CONNECTION between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

That's like saying "I didn't find the bloody knife in your closet O.J. Simpson so that proves you're innocent".
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