On Substance, Yep; ‘Yep,’ Period (see Updates); BOMBSHELL: ‘Potential Smoking Gun’ Implicating Obama Admin (and Perhaps Obama Himself?)
George Neumayr at American Spectator:
… Comey’s mere confirmation of an investigation vindicates the thrust of Trump’s tweets. … No matter how the Dems and the media spin it, no matter how many semantic games they play, Obama authorized a multi-agency investigation into a political opponent, which necessarily involved violations of that opponent’s privacy.
Read the whole thing.
UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.: John Nolte at the Daily Wire —
FACT: According to numerous media reports, the Obama administration spied on Team Trump.
FACT: According to President Trump himself, the Obama administration spied on Team Trump.
And yet, today’s Media Narrative is that Trump lied about the Obama Administration spying on his team.
If the media wants Trump to retract this claim … shouldn’t the media go first?
UPDATE 2, 10:55 a.m.: And this tweet from Nolte, whose Twitter feed is on fire with truthiness today —
UPDATE 3, 2:10 P.M.: John Nolte at The Daily Wire — “Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know.”
A critical element of Nolte’s game-ending presentation is the modern definition of “wiretapping” (also recall that Trump claimed that he had his “wires tapped,” so there’s no doubt that he was employing the modern definition of the term as Nolte quoted from a 2010 book, while the press is stuck in a definition that is at least seven years outdated):
Wiretapping is the traditional term for interception of telephone conversations. This should not be taken too literally. The word is no longer restricted to communications traveling by wire, and contemporary wiretaps are more commonly placed on radio links [ed. cell phones] or inside telephone offices. The meaning has also broadened in that the thing being tapped need no longer be a telephone call in the classic sense; it may be some other form of electronic communication, such as a fax or data.
Compared with the more precise but more general phrase “communications interception,” the word “wiretapping” has two connotations. Much the strong of these is that a wiretap is aimed at a particular target, in sharp contrast to the “vacuum cleaner” interception widely practiced by national intelligence agencies. The weaker connotation is that it is being done by the police.
Nolte then asserts that “… unless you want to argue with MIT or become so painfully literal we all have to talk like a Vulcan, Trump was 100% correct about Obama ‘tapping his wires.’”
Game. Set. Match.
Watch the press squeal like stuffed pigs for days.
UPDATE 4: Et tu, Bob? —
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.
UPDATE 5, 8:20 P.M.: Holy moly —
Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says
Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.
Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretappedhim in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.
The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.
The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.
Here’s some poetic justice. The Fox News reporter is James Rosen. Yeah, that James Rosen.