JUST IN: The New York Times Had Reported Obama was Possibly Spying on Trump

The Gateway Pundit reports that less than two months ago, the day before Donald Trump inauguration to become president, the New York Times reported the possibility that the Obama administration was spying on Trump.

The Times report also said that three Trump associates were being spied on by the Obama administration and that reports on the wiretaps were delivered to the Obama White House.

The key phrases of the NY Times article are ones stating “It could not be ruled out that Trump himself was being spied on by Obama.” The other key phrase is that  “the wiretap reports being sent to the White House.”

Sources say:

“The leaks have wrongly been blamed on the FBI, leading to a morale issue with the agency.”

“The FBI prides itself as being seen as apolitical,” says an FBI source, “and are frustrated that they are being accused of playing politics.”

“DOJ has been completely politicized by Obama’s appointees,” a member of the intelligence community said, “leading to major conflicts with the FBI.”

What is a FISA Tap?

A traditional wiretap requires evidence amounting to probable cause of commission of a crime. A FISA wiretap requires no showing of a crime, just evidence amounting to probable cause that the target of the wiretap is an agent of a foreign power. (A foreign power can be another country or a foreign terrorist organization.) FISA wiretaps, go through a completely different, chain of command. In it, the district AUSA and FBI crime-div agents who started the investigation get cut out of the process, which is taken over by Main Justice’s National Security Division and the FBI’s national-security agents.

The drip, drip of controversial leaks is hurting the Trump administration.  President Trump is getting hit with a new media-generated controversy every other day. A conservative Washington veteran says he knows why, and the Trump White House knows who is responsible. An Obama holdover David Laufman has being named as the source of the national security leaks. Michael Cernovich reported that David Laufman, Chief of Counter Intelligence, has all the classified information regarding espionage pass through his desk.

This is another reason why Trump needs to “drain the swamp” of all Obama hold overs. The days when government employees were faithful to the White House regardless who was in power are long gone.

The Conservative Tribune reports,

Joseph diGenova, former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia during the Reagan administration, told the conservative website Lifezette that CIA officials know who is behind the leaks of classified information to The New York Times and The Washington Post and other media. Furthermore, those officials have reportedly passed the names of those behind the leaks to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been caught up in the scandal-manufacturing machine himself. The Trump administration has been battling controversy for a large part of its term thus far, but the real fight, says diGenova, is not in these scandals, but with federal employees loyal to former President Barack Obama and their willingness to flout their responsibilities to follow partisan lines.  The CIA has not yet released the names of the people that they reportedly have identified, but if they really have the informants, they likely will soon. Although this is based on a preliminary report, it’s extremely important. If true, and they have the right people, it means two giant things. First of all, if these informants are really entrenched federal employees, it shows a connection between Barack Obama’s administration (and the Democrat Party as a whole) and subverting the current president, which is massive. Second, it means sealing things up so that our intelligence is secure from leaks in the future, which is vital to the security of this country. It is astounding that partisan federal employees can let classified information go because they don’t like the current administration. Then again, it is the left. Acting out when you don’t get your way is pretty much the way they deal with things.

Three news articles from, the Guardian, Heat Street, and the New York Times, report the FBI had concerns about a private server in Trump Tower connected to a Russian bank. Heat Street described these concerns as centering on “possible financial and banking offenses.” I italicize the word “offenses” because it denotes crimes.

As a matter of practice when crimes are suspected, there is a criminal investigation, not a national-security investigation. According to the New York Times (based on FBI sources), the FBI initially determined that the Trump Tower server did not have “any nefarious purpose.” But then, Heat Street says, “the FBI’s counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible financial and banking offenses related to the server.”

Again, agents do not ordinarily draw FISA requests around possible crimes. Possible crimes prompt applications for regular criminal wiretaps because the objective is to prosecute any such crimes in court. (It is rare and controversial to use FISA wiretaps in criminal prosecutions.) FISA applications, to the contrary, are drawn around people suspected of being operatives of a (usually hostile) foreign power.

It appears the plot thickens, as the Obama administration is now drawn into this wiretapping scandal.

This is not the end of the story, keep checking back for upcoming updates.

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