Jay Sekulow: Obama Should Be "Held Accountable" For The "Soft Coup" Against Trump

Tyler Durden's picture

In light of the recent flurry of leaks by the so-called "deep state", which includes such agencies as the NSA and FBI and which last week lead to the resignation of Mike Flynn after a phone recording of his  phone conversation with the Russian ambassador was leaked to the WaPo and other anti-Trump publications, an article published on January 12 by the NYT has generated renewed interest. One month ago, the NYT reported that "In its final days, the Obama administration expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections."

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

While previously the N.S.A. filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency, like the C.I.A. or the intelligence branches of the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and furthermore N.S.A.’s analysts passed on only information they deemed pertinent, screening out the identities of innocent people and irrelevant personal information, following passage of Obama's 11th hour rule, "other intelligence agencies will be able to search directly through raw repositories of communications intercepted by the N.S.A. and then apply such rules for “minimizing” privacy intrusions."

In other words, what until recently was a trickle of private data captured about US individuals by the NSA with only a handful of people having full, immersive access, suddenly became a firehose with thousands of potential witnesses across 16 other agencies, each of whom suddenly became a potential source of leaks about ideological political opponents. And with the universe of potential "leaking" culprits suddenly exploding exponentially, good luck finding the responsible party.

However, the implications are far more serious than just loss of privacy rights.

According to civil right expert and prominent First Amendement Supreme Court lawyer, Jay Sekulow, what the agencies did by leaking the Trump Administration information was not only illegal but "almost becomes a soft coup", one which was spurred by the last minute rule-change by Obama, who intentionally made it far easier for leaks to propagate, and next to impossible to catch those responsible for the leaks.

This is his explanation:

There was a sea-change here at the NSA with an order that came from president Obama 17 days before he left office where he allowed the NSA who used to control the data, it now goes to 16 other agencies and that just festered this whole leaking situation, and that happened on the way out, as the president was leaving the office.


Why did the Obama administration wait until it had 17 days left in their administration to put this order in place if they thought it was so important. They had 8 years, they didn't do it, number one. Number two, it changed the exiting rule which was an executive order dating back to Ronald Reagan, that has been in place until 17 days before the Obama administration was going to end, that said the NSA gets the raw data, and they determine dissemination.


Instead, this change that the president put in place, signed off by the way by James Clapper on December 15, 2016, signed off by Loretta Lynch the Attorney General January 3, 2017, they decide that now 16 agencies can get the raw data and what that does is almost creates a shadow government. You have all these people who are not agreeing with President Trump's position, so it just festers more leaks.


If they had a justification for this, wonderful, why didn't they do it 8 years ago, 4 years ago, 3 years ago. Yet they wait until 17 days left.

One potential answer: they knew they had a "smoking gun", and were working to make it easier to enable the information to be "leaked" despite the clearly criminal consequences of such dissemination.

As this point Hannity correctly points out, "it makes it that much more difficult by spreading out the information among 16 other agencies, if they want to target or take away the privacy rights, and illegally tap the phones, in this case General Flynn, it's going to be much harder to find the perpetrator."

Sekulow confirms, noting that back when only the NSA had access to this kind of raw data, there would be a very small amount of people who have access to this kind of data. "But this change in the Obama Administration was so significant that they allowed dissemination to 16 other agencies, and we wonder why there's leaks."

The lawyer's conclusion: "President Obama, James Clapper, Loretta Lynch should be held accountable for this."

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Laughin_Crow's picture
Laughin_Crow (not verified) Feb 18, 2017 11:17 AM

Christ, when are the alt-Reich going to stop whinging?

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Another Nazi joke, so funny I fell off of my dinosaur laughing

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So why hasn't Trump reversed Obama's executive order? All it takes is a printer and a pen.

chunga's picture

This is pretty interesting right here. It happened yesterday according to this story.

Senators Silent After Meeting With FBI Director Comey


But leaving that secure room in the Capitol Visitor Center, senators declined to even confirm the presence of the FBI director, much less the substance of the meeting. Those who did talk generally only gave “no comments” or referred questions to Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr and ranking member Mark Warner.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

Did they discuss pizzagate? That had to be Shumer's main concern.

SRV's picture

The 650,000 emails he has that the media won't touch with a Fukushima Scorpion Robot?

JRobby's picture

Jail Obama (in Guantanamo) and watch his "movement"  whither.

Of course what is the common belief is that if Obama is taken into custody, civil war or at least insurrection will break out.

I for one, do not believe that. I believe all the protestors are paid and the money would dry up immediately. Especially if Soros is also taken into custody. 

However, Soros' fate may have already been determined and it will not be jail time.

RightLineBacker's picture

His ultimate fate is burning in Hades for sure.

macholatte's picture

His ultimate fate is burning in Hades for sure.

Can't we get something a little more immediate?


lead to the resignation of James Clapper after a phone recording
shouldn’t that be Mike Flynn?

a potential source of leaks about ideological political opponents.
Shouldn’t that be “...a potential source for espionage...”?

"President Obama, James Clapper, Loretta Lynch should be held accountable for this."

When was the last time the law makers were held accountable for anything?


Socratic Dog's picture

17 second attention spans 'n shit, but getting that wrong?  Doesn't do a lot for the credibility of the article.  Even if it does fit the obvious narrative otherwise.

What the fuck happened to the fine art of proof reading?

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Arnold Feb 18, 2017 3:13 PM

DONALD takes his work to Mar-a-Lago... maybe he thinks that is no one spying on him overthere.

Trump to Interview Candidates for National Security Post at Mar-a-Lago


Creative_Destruct's picture


"There was a sea-change here at the NSA with an order that came from president Obama 17 days before he left office where he allowed the NSA who used to control the data, it now goes to 16 other agencies "

OK, so Donald while you're down there in Mara Lago, or ASAP write a NEW ORDER countermanding the Obama order and stop the spread of this leakable private info through all of these agencies!!!

Seems like an obvious preventative measure, and immediately doable.

jeff montanye's picture

absolutely.  it will make taking control of the nsa and the cia much easier.

these agencies absolutely have to be taken down several notches and the people that think they can leak at will to the zionist press prosecuted for the crimes they have committed.  use private investigators if you don't know whom you can trust in the fbi.  

but get them.

nmewn's picture

There is no clearer evidence or example of the pressing need to repeal the Patriot Act and disband the Department of Homeland Security than this one, single, late hour Obama Executive Order.

I say again, they (and no one else) can be trusted with our liberty, they simply don't possess the honor, strength of character and integrity to defend it.

Repeal it!

post turtle saver's picture

agree, all of this BS being reported is just symptoms... Patriot Act is the root cause, it needs to be repealed just like PP-ACA

nmewn's picture

All, yes.

The Patriot Act has become particularly insidious in my view, it is where the "No Fly List" got its imprimatur of some legality to strip citizens of rights without trial and thanks to Edward Snowden we now know Verizon subsidiaries provide DAILY updates with its data mining operations.

And the federal government in its childish expectations of our reaction to it wonders why we now habitually give false or misleading information in everything we now do or say on-line or in person or even in a doctors office or in the investigation of crimes.

Fuck em.

Zorba's idea's picture

Clearly, these nefarious alphabets were never created by the elites to protect our liberty

divingengineer's picture


That's what it's for.
Bullshit like this.

Al Gophilia's picture

Don should retaliate against that asswipe and call Sheriff Joe Arpio to get things straight. The Don went on stage in this vid and stated that "Barak Obama was born in the United States. Period!". Now that was a sop to the Deep State at the time but Obama is not holding to his end of the bargain that was hammered out in order to get Trump to publicly announce that bull. Make things right, Don. Get it straight.


Nobody For President's picture

Yeah, I caught the Clapper boo-boo right away also, but chalked it up to wishful thinking...

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ macholatte,

"When was the last time the law makers were held accountable for anything?"

Never. Not to the extent we see in the Gas Lighted "Movies." Hence for my post below of the Open in your Face Criminality.

Criminality now that the Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. has developed, with their "Laws" to Enforce & Enslave you with IMPUNITY.

All the "Laws" our Overloads are exempt from which form:

The Global Criminal Oligarch Cabal Bankster Intelligence Crime Syndicate.

jeff montanye's picture

i'm going with nixon.  the zionists never trusted him and he never trusted them.  they thought he was not forthcoming enough in the yom kippur war and they disliked his acumen in foreign policy (opening to china, etc.).  he thought the u.s. president should determine its foreign policy, not the likud and the mossad of israel.

poor fool he.

mind reset's picture
mind reset (not verified) macholatte Feb 18, 2017 5:44 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

Not only wrecked the place before leaving but set booby traps also?  Serious accusations.

wanglee's picture

Not only democrats rigged Primary to elect Clinton as presidential candidate last year even though she has poor judgement (violating government cyber security policy) and is incompetent (her email server was not secured) when she was the Secretary of State, and was revealed to be corrupt by Bernie Sanders during the Primary, but also democrats encourage illegal immigration, discourage work, and “conned” young voters with free college/food/housing/health care/Obama phone.

However middle/working class used their common senses voting against Clinton last November. Although I have not been a republican and didn’t vote in primary but I voted for Trump and those Republicans who supported Trump in last November since I am not impressed with the “integrity” and “judgement” of democrats, Anti-Trump protesters, Anti-Trump republicans (such as McCain), and media who donated/endorsed Clinton during presidential election and they’ll work for globalist, the super rich, who moved jobs overseas for cheap labor and demanded middle/working class to pay tax to support welfare of illegal aliens and refugees who will be globalist’s voters.

Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431 (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cashing-in-illegal-immigrants-get-1261...)
DEA Report Shows Infiltration of Mexican Drug Cartels in Sanctuary Cities (http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/09/08/dea-report-shows-infiltration-...)
Welfare Discourages Work(http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/04/27/the-science-is-settle...)
Hillary Clinton Says Bernie Sanders's “Free College” Tuition Plan Is All a Lie (http://www.teenvogue.com/story/clinton-says-sanders-free-tuition-wont-wo...
UC Berkeley Chancellor: Hillary Clinton ‘Free’ College Tuition Plan Won’t Happen (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/09/30/uc-berkeley-chancello...)
Bill Clinton Impeachment Chief Investigator: I’m ‘Terrified’ of Hillary because we know that there were “People” who “Disappeared” (http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/10/30/exclusive-bil...)
Former FBI Asst. Director Accuses Clintons Of Being A "Crime Family" (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-30/former-fbi-asst-director-accuse...)
FBI boss Comey's 7 most damning lines on Clinton (http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/05/politics/fbi-clinton-email-server-comey-da...).
Aides claiming she “could not use a computer,” and didn’t know her email password– New FBI docs (https://www.rt.com/usa/360528-obama-implicated-clinton-email/).
23 Shocking Revelations From The FBI’s Clinton Email Report (http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/02/23-shocking-revelations-from-the-fbis-...)
DOJ grants immunity to ex-Clinton staffer who set up email server (http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/02/politics/hillary-clinton-email-server-just...)
Former House Intelligence Chairman: I’m ‘100 Percent’ Sure Hillary’s Server Was Hacked (http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/06/former-house-...)
Exclusive — Gen. Mike Flynn: Hillary Clinton’s Email Setup Was ‘Unbelievable Active Criminal Behavior’ (http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/06/exclusive-gen...)
Clinton directed her maid to print out classified materials (http://nypost.com/2016/11/06/clinton-directed-her-maid-to-print-out-clas...)
Obama lied to the American people about his secret communications with Clinton(http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com/president-barack-obama-hillary-email-...)
Former U.S. Attorney General, John Ashcroft: FBI didn’t ‘clear’ Clinton (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFYQ3Cdp0zQ)
When the Clintons Loved Russia Enough to Sell Them Our Uranium (http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/07/25/flashback-cli...)
Wikileaks: Clinton Foundation Chatter with State Dept on Uranium Deal with Russia (http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/08/wikileaks-putting-on-...)
Russian officials donated $$$ to Clinton Foundation for Russian military research (http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2016/12/16/schweizer-insecure-left-wants-...)
The largest source of Trump campaign funds is small donors giving under $200 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-self-fund_us_57fd4556e4...)
How mega-donors helped raise $1 billion for Hillary Clinton (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-mega-donors-helped-raise-1-b...)
Final newspaper endorsement count: Clinton 57, Trump 2 (http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/304606-final-news...)
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash (https://www.publicintegrity.org/2016/10/17/20330/journalists-shower-hill...)

peddling-fiction's picture

Omama can dedicate time towards his Koran in Gitmo.

ReZn8r's picture

let the little bitchez start an insurrection, just let them.
Obama can be arrestted with no issues. He is a criminal now and holds no elective office. Word has it that the Air Force, US Army and the Marines will side with Trump. Let the little insurrectionists try something, anything. There is not enough safe places or puppies in the world to cure their ills when it happens.

jeff montanye's picture

but this means the little insurrectionists have the u.s. navy and the nuclear missile submarine fleet.  while russia, china and iran have missiles that would make short work of u.s. carriers, does the u.s. air force, army or marines?  

i'm not as sure about trump's chances now that it's not just the fbi and the doj against the cia and the nsa.


IndyPat's picture

Navy has his back.

Convoy of SEALs drove through Louisville with a Trump flag on their hummer. Triggered a bunch of crybaby snowflakes that squealed them out for...I dunno...the heinous offense of supporting a CIC, it would seem.

mind reset's picture
mind reset (not verified) IndyPat Feb 19, 2017 4:37 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

Agstacker's picture

SEALS vs. snowflakes, man, I'd pay good money to see that.

CrankyCurmudgeon's picture

Dear Hedgetard,

I am one of the protestors and I was not paid. Loser. Sorry, lying loser.

That said, can any fucking one of you lying losers show me where I or anyone could become employed as a paid protestor?  I sincerely do not believe that you can. Whereas Trump was offering free MAGA hats to people at his rally today. Not a lot, but pay.

Put up or shut up. 

Carpe Tutti Bastardi's picture

So consider yourself an unpaid useful IDIOT!

Ballin D's picture

You know you could be getting paid for that. They'll even fly you out to riots if you climb the ladder.

Btw, "loser" is a strong word to throw around when 92% of the European branch of your organization lives with their parents.

ThanksChump's picture


Talking to your mirror again? Narcissism is creepy, narcissistic schizophrenia is something you call-in sick for.

Oh. Wait. Calling in sick assumes you have a job. My bad.

peddling-fiction's picture

Omama = Foreign agent. Ask Arpaio

chubbar's picture

Not only is this true, but Trump should direct Arpaio to give all his intel to Sessions for further investigation. Obama wants to play fuck fuck? Ok, let's go.

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

The robot's dead. It got nuked, because Fukushima is getting hot...

DuneCreature's picture

Good snag, chunga. .. Silence is pure gold sometimes.

Live Hard, When The Normal Rattling In The Enemy Camp Suddenly Quiets Down After A Briefing At The HQ Tent You Know Something Big Is Afoot Because Everyone There Is Pondering Tomorrow, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

847328_3527's picture

I like this guy, Jay. he has more balls then 99% of the limp-wristed Repugnicans in DC.



Handful of Dust's picture

It's conservative groups like his as well as Judicial watch that are some of the only bulwarks against these far left radical lawbreakers.

Pumpkin's picture

Probably no way to spin it.  Some things you just can't sugar coat.

RightLineBacker's picture

Good post. Good link. Thanks.

This abnormal behavior definitely indicates something huge is afoot.

Waiting for other shoe to drop.

Zorba's idea's picture

praying for the other shoe to drop

Glassport's picture

What's your take on that meeting?  I don't thing Director Comey would share anything with those Senators that he hadn't already told AG Sessions.

chunga's picture

There are so many ways to speculate on this, I have no idea. This meeting occurred right before the recess. The only thing that really stands out is that none of these big mouth senators have said anything, at least that I've heard.

I've been following politics pretty closely for decades and I don't remember things being so cloaky and daggery. Various factions of gov with hostile agendas, charges by everyone of fake news, leaks, etc.

Another thing that stood out from Trump's press conference the other day was that, when asked about the leaks, he said they were "criminal". Following from home it's too hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

Glassport's picture

Thanks for the response.  I don't know what to think either.  From stone silence many things can be speculated going either way in the political spectrum, BUT the Prez did say he has no contacts in Russia, no business interest in Russia, etc., so if I had to venture a guess, Director Comey shared something like "we found the leak and you're not going to be happy about who it is", as in, one of their own.