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Old 09-20-2017, 10:14 AM  
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Wall Street Journal demands more info on FBI election meddling

All Mr. Comey’s Wiretaps
Congress needs to learn how the FBI meddled in the 2016 campaign.

The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board,

When Donald Trump claimed in March that he’d had his “wires tapped” prior to the election, the press and Obama officials dismissed the accusation as a fantasy. We were among the skeptics, but with former director James Comey’s politicized FBI the story is getting more complicated.

CNN reported Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant last year to eavesdrop on Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager from May to August in 2016. The story claims the FBI first wiretapped Mr. Manafort in 2014 while investigating his work as a lobbyist for Ukraine’s ruling party. That warrant lapsed, but the FBI convinced the court that administers the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to issue a second order as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the election.

Guess who has lived in a condo in Trump Tower since 2006? Paul Manafort.

The story suggests the monitoring started in the summer or fall, and extended into early this year.

While Mr. Manafort resigned from the campaign in August, he continued to speak with Candidate Trump.

It is thus highly likely that the FBI was listening to the political and election-related conversations of a leading contender for the White House.

That’s extraordinary - and worrisome.
Mr. Comey told Congress in late March that he “had no information that supports those [Trump] tweets.”

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was even more specific
that “there was no such wiretap activity mounted against—the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”

He denied that any such FISA order existed.
Were they lying?

The warrant’s timing may also shed light on the FBI’s relationship to the infamous “ Steele dossier.” That widely discredited dossier claiming ties between Russians and the Trump campaign was commissioned by left-leaning research firm Fusion GPS and developed by former British spy Christopher Steele—who relied on Russian sources. But the Washington Post and others have reported that Mr. Steele was familiar to the FBI, had reached out to the agency about his work, and had even arranged a deal in 2016 to get paid by the FBI to continue his research.

The FISA court sets a high bar for warrants on U.S. citizens, and presumably even higher for wiretapping a presidential campaign. Did Mr. Comey’s FBI marshal the Steele dossier to persuade the court?

All of this is reason for House and Senate investigators to keep exploring how Mr. Comey’s FBI was investigating both presidential campaigns.

Russian meddling is a threat to democracy but so was the FBI if it relied on Russian disinformation to eavesdrop on a presidential campaign. The Justice Department and FBI have stonewalled Congressional requests for documents and interviews, citing the “integrity” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

But Mr. Mueller is not investigating the FBI, and in any event his ties to the bureau and Mr. Comey make him too conflicted for such a job. Congress is charged with providing oversight of law enforcement and the FISA courts, and it has an obligation to investigate their role in 2016. The intelligence committees have subpoena authority and the ability to hold those who don’t cooperate in contempt.

Mr. Comey investigated both leading presidential campaigns in an election year, playing the role of supposedly impartial legal authority. But his maneuvering to get Mr. Mueller appointed, and his leaks to the press, have shown that Mr. Comey is as political and self-serving as anyone in Washington.

No investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 campaign will be credible or complete without the facts about all Mr. Comey’s wiretaps.



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Old 09-20-2017, 10:19 AM   #2
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They've got nothing on Trump. The best they've got goes back 10 years on Manafort. They've got Don Jr. trying to get dirt on Hillary. Big whoop.

They've got nothing... nothing except Comey's election meddling, and the questions that arise there about Loretta Lynch, and upwards.

Things are going very, very badly for the Deep State and Democrats.
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:49 AM   #3
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:50 AM   #4
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:53 AM   #5
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Old 09-20-2017, 11:55 AM   #6
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Ah, here's the link:

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Old 09-20-2017, 12:03 PM   #9
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There will be much more than shoes dropping as scum like Comey are exposed
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Old 09-20-2017, 12:10 PM   #10
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Yes. Wall Street Journal.
Why didn't you just link to the WSJ instead of that kooker site?
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Now that it's known the Obama administration really was spying on the Trump campaign muehller had better convict somebody. If he doesn't somebody from the old administration sure as hell better be.
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Now that it's known the Obama administration really was spying on the Trump campaign muehller had better convict somebody. If he doesn't somebody from the old administration sure as hell better be.
Legal surveillance of Paul Manafort because he's a foreign agent is "spying by the Obama administration"?
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Why didn't you just link to the WSJ instead of that kooker site?
Because the WSJ article is behind a pay-wall.

You linked to it. I'm not subscribed so it was pretty obvious. If you're subscribed you may not know what is or isn't behind the paywall.

Hell, I can't verify that more than the opening paragraph is form the WSJ, but I'm going to just assume it's a cut and paste job.
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