A Tweet May Get Trump Impeached As President Declassified FISA Warrant On His Own People (PoliticusUSA link): Donald Trump shouldn’t have tweeted his morning missives to paranoia, as he has announced to the world that he is being spied on and the news won’t be good. While he was trying to cast aspersions on former President Obama, Trump managed to cut off his nose to spite his face because he focused attention on why the government would be spying on him.
A FISA warrant, or Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant, is a judicial warrant that has to be applied for.
A FISA warrant must certify that the “target of the proposed surveillance is either a ‘foreign power’ or ‘the agent of a foreign power’ and, in the case of a U.S. citizen or resident alien, that the target may be involved in the commission of a crime.”
This is the warrant that was reportedly (and disputably) given to counter intelligence agents so they had ability to cover those in Donald Trump’s campaign who had ties to Russia.
House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) explained that Trump might have declassified a warrant against his own people with his tweet. Rep. Himes said, “Talking about a particular warrant, the existence of a warrant is something you simply don’t do. So when I wake up this morning and find that the President is tweeting about it. Mind you, he is the ultimate declassification authority, and if he just declassified the existence of a FISA warrant on his people.”
Obama Just CRUSHED Trump’s Delusional Claim That He Ordered Trump Tower’s ‘Wires Tapped’ (AddictingInfo.com link): Real-life Saturday morning cartoon villain Donald Trump kicked off his day with a delusional rant about President Obama. In what appears to be a effort to shift focus away from the fact that his administration has more ties to Russia than a Moscow bondage club by leveling some rather interesting accusations at the right wing’s favored bogeyman.
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted after reading that it’s totally true on white supremacist propaganda mill Breitbart. “Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”
“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” said Trump, adding that “this is Nixon/Watergate.” While he is correct that this will end for him very much like Watergate did for Nixon, it seems that he might not want to advertise that he was tapped. Congressman Ted Lieu of California pointed out via Twitter:
Shortly after, President Obama responded to Trump’s asinine claim via spokesman Kevin Lewis:
“A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice. As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Earlier Saturday, Obama’s former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes pointed out that even if our last legitimate President wanted to he could not order wiretaps of citizens:
Trump is really worried about something. Whatever could it be?
The Trump-Russia scandals: a quick visual guide (Vox.com link): President Donald Trump’s Russia scandals are deeply intertwined.
As Vox’s Zack Beauchamp writes, there are three separate Trump-Russia scandals that together call into question the nature of Trump’s relationship with Russia: the resignation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn; the hacking of the DNC; and the as yet mostly unproven dossier. Now it seems there could be a fourth: The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with Russia’s ambassador to the US twice, even though he has stated twice that he did not.
To explain how the players in these scandals are related, we made a web that highlights the important cross-connections in this Trump-Russia universe.
Here’s Why Trump’s Wiretaps Prove He’s Suspected Of Committing Treason (OccupyDemocrats.com link): Today, President Trump roundly shot himself in the foot by embarking on an impulsive tweetstorm that attempted to deflect attention off his administration and to give more credence to a ridiculous right-wing conspiracy that alleges a secret Obama-led “cabal” is behind all the leaks and organizing the protests against Trump.
Trump’s tweets essentially both confirmed and declassified the existence of a FISA – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – warrant for electronic surveillance into the Trump campaign team for their secret communications with agents of the Russian government.
This corroborates the suspected existence of a FISA warrant first published by former British member of Parliament Louise Mensch via HeatStreet and later reported by the Guardian.
Since Trump was so astonishingly greedy that he put his campaign headquarters in Trump Tower so he could pay himself from his campaign war chest, the warrant would have been for Trump Towers.
To receive a court-ordered FISA surveillance warrant, there must be probable cause that the target of a FISA wiretap is an agent of a foreign government, as noted by the conservative National Review Online:
A) knowingly engages in clandestine intelligence gathering activities for or on behalf of a foreign power, which activities involve or may involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States;
B) pursuant to the direction of an intelligence service or network of a foreign power, knowingly engages in any other clandestine intelligence activities for or on behalf of such foreign power, which activities involve or are about to involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States;
C) knowingly engages in sabotage or international terrorism, or activities that are in preparation therefor, for or on behalf of a foreign power;
D) knowingly enters the United States under a false or fraudulent identity for or on behalf of a foreign power or, while in the United States, knowingly assumes a false or fraudulent identity for or on behalf of a foreign power;
E) knowingly aids or abets any person in the conduct of activities described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) or knowingly conspires with any person to engage in activities described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).
Which means that more than ever we must appoint a special prosecutor and find out what evidence our intelligence services may have presented to that judge – and punish those involved accordingly.
All of the above activities described in the FISA wiretap requirements certainly sound a lot like treason, but it’s unclear whether or not this is actually treason in the legal definition since the language is frustratingly vague:
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
But all of this just makes the need for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation into the Trump, his team and their alleged collusion with Russian agents all the more urgent.
How far up does this go? What did Trump know and when did he know it? If he was aware that members of his campaign team were operating as foreign agents, then he himself is guilty of aiding and abetting.
We need to know who was considered a foreign agent and what evidence convinced the courts to grant the wiretap was.
Six Russian Diplomats Have Mysteriously Died Since The Election (OccupyDemocrats.com link): In the chaos that is President Donald Trump’s administration’s close ties to the Russian government, six Russian diplomats have turned up dead, unexpectedly, and all from suspicious circumstances.
The Russian government and dictator Vladimir Putin are notorious for killing his own diplomats and spies if it is feared they could reveal critical information about the Kremlin’s actions around the world.
Peter Polshikov of the Latin American department of the Russian foreign ministry was shot dead in his Moscow apartment.
Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York this past week. His death was originally ruled a heart attack, however, the medical examiner is further investigating his death. Unsubstantiated rumors allege there was poison discovered in his kidneys.
Russia’s Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, died after a “brief illness” in January.
The Russian Consul in Athens, Greece, Andrei Malanin, was found dead in his apartment in the same month. Officials there have launched an investigation into his death.
On Election Day, Russian diplomat Sergei Krivov died at the Russian Consulate in New York. Reports originally claimed he died of a “fall” but Russian officials later changed the cause of death to a heart attack. Three months later, officials decided to open an investigation into his death.
Ex-KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin, who helped draft the explosive Trump “Golden Showers” dossier, was found dead in the back of his car December 26.
One common trend is that each death is labeled as a “brief illness” or a “heart attack” but in almost all cases, investigators felt it necessary to look into these deaths further.
Each death is wrapped in suspicion and the timing of each, corresponding to the ever escalating ties between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, is every conspiracy theorists dream. Only this time, the mainstream media is recognizing the same patterns and suspicions.
This is all relevant because the trails from the Trump camp all lead back to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was just forced to recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump team’s alleged collusion with Russia because he failed to disclose two meetings with the Kislyak in his confirmation hearing;
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was just exposed for having smuggled Kislyak into Trump towers for a secret meeting with Gen. Michael Flynn.
Somebody had better get Kislyak into the witness protection program before he suddenly has a “heart attack.”
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