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LIST: Media Started the Wiretapping Claim – Not Trump

Posted by FactReal on March 17, 2017

MONTHS BEFORE TRUMP, THE MEDIA TALKED ABOUT TRUMP BEING INVESTIGATED
Since 2016, the mainstream media pushed the narrative that then-candidate Trump and his aides were being wiretapped/surveilled/investigated by several Obama agencies. It was until March 2017, that now-President Trump tweeted that Obama had “my wires tapped.” Trump said that based on news reports published by the liberal media. (scroll down for proof)

Shamelessly, this same media are now accusing Trump of pushing unsubstantiated allegations that Obama wiretapped him…but informed people know that it was the liberal media who started the surveillance claims on Trump.

Here is a short timeline:

11/7/2016, Heat Street: “EXCLUSIVE: FBI ‘Granted FISA Warrant’ Covering Trump Camp’s Ties To Russia”

Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. […]

The first request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was presented of a server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks; SVB Bank and Russia’s Alfa Bank. While the Times story speaks of metadata, sources suggest that a FISA warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons. […]

1/11/2017, The Guardian: “John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI”

The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.

1/12/2017, The New York Times: ”N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications”

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is …increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

1/18/2017, McClatchy: “FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump”

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.

The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.

1/19/2017, The New York Times: “Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates”

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said. […]

It is not clear whether the intercepted communications had anything to do with Mr. Trump’s campaign, or Mr. Trump himself. It is also unclear whether the inquiry has anything to do with an investigation into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s computers and other attempts to disrupt the elections in November. […]

The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the [Obama] White House.

2/9/2017, The New York Times: “Flynn Is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office”

Weeks before President Trump’s inauguration, his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, discussed American sanctions against Russia, as well as areas of possible cooperation, with that country’s ambassador to the United States, according to current and former American officials. […]

Federal officials who have read the transcript of the call were surprised by Mr. Flynn’s comments, since he would have known that American eavesdroppers closely monitor such calls. […]

The call is the latest example of how Mr. Trump’s advisers have come under scrutiny from American counterintelligence officials. The F.B.I. is also investigating Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; Carter Page, a businessman and former foreign policy adviser to the campaign; and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative.

3/1/2017, The New York Times: “Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking”

WASHINGTON — In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators. (…)

At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence
as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government — and, in some cases, among European allies. This allowed the upload of as much intelligence as possible to Intellipedia, a secret wiki used by American analysts to share information.

3/2/2017, The Wall Street Journal: “Investigators Probed Jeff Sessions’ Contacts With Russian Officials”

U.S. investigators have examined contacts Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he was advising Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to people familiar with the matter…

The investigation is being pursued by the FBI, Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Treasury Department


3/4/2017 Trump tweeted about Obama wiretapping/surveillance
Trump: “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has explaned: “The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”

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(Source:#https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/837989835818287106?lang=en)

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