Tag: FISA

Tapping Trump

So this happened:

President Trump on Saturday angrily accused former president Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.

While citing no evidence to support his explosive allegation, Trump said in a series of four tweets sent Saturday morning that Obama was “wire tapping” his New York offices before the election in a move he compared to McCarthyism. “Bad (or sick) guy!” he said of his predecessor, adding that the surveillance resulted in “nothing found.”

This appears to be a result of internet telephone. Last summer, Louise Mensch revealed that the FBI (not Obama) has sought a FISA warrant to investigate members of Trump’s team’s ties to the Russians (this was after it was discovered that a server in Trump tower was communicating with Russian banks). The FISA Court rejected the initial warrant, then granted one more narrowly focused on four members of the Trump team. These details have been reported on many times. A few days ago, Mark Levin did one of his connect-the-dots pieces alleging a conspiracy to derail Trump. It showed up today on Breitbart and thus went into Trump’s brain.

If that’s all there is to it, Trump is being incredibly stupid here because he is reminding the public that his campaign staff were under investigation for espionage owing to credible accusations that they were working with the Russians to enable Trump’s election. If there’s more, then Trump needs to provide the evidence because warrantless wiretapping by Obama would indeed be a gigantic political scandal.

The Worst Senator in America

Diane Feinstein is having quite a day, today. I have a big post coming up on guns, but let’s lead off with her gun bill. If I read it correctly, many standard handguns would fall under the category of “assault weapons”. It is far broader and far more invasive than her last “assault weapons ban”. It grandfathers in certain weapon but forces owners to register them.

That would be a bad day for anyone who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution. But the FISA bill is up for consideration today and DiFi just gave as speech blasting Rand Paul, Mark Udall and Ron Wyden for trying to get even a modicum of oversight into the President’s ability to tap phones without a warrant. She went so far as to basically imply that we would have another 9/11 if we didn’t give unlimited power to the White House.

I’m not going to mince words. DiFi has been a senator for twenty years and her record is one of constantly deferring to government power and constantly despising the basic liberties that the American people are supposed to have. In addition to her assaults on the second and fourth amendments, she was a big supporter of PIPA. And yet, she enjoys high approval numbers in California and has easily won re-election every time she’s up.

So thanks a lot for that, California. Thanks a pantload.