Senator Sasse Issues Statement On Trump's "Very Serious Wiretapping Allegations"

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Senator Ben Sasse, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary and Armed Services Committees, has issued the following statement after President Trump accused former President Obama of wiretapping his phones in 2016 and Obama's spokesman said that was false.

Sasse raises several key points: if the wiretap was authorized by a FISA Court, Trump should demand to see the application, find out on what grounds it was granted, and then present it to the US public at best, or at least the Senate. In case there was no FISA court, it is possible that Trump was illegally tapped. Finally, there is the possibility that Trump was not wiretapped at all, although for the president to make such a public allegation one would hope that there is at least some factual basis to the charge.

Here is Sasse's full statement.

Sasse Statement On Wiretapping


"The President today made some very serious allegations, and the informed citizens that a republic requires deserve more information.


If there were wiretaps of then-candidate Trump's organization or campaign, then it was either with FISA Court authorization or without such authorization.


If without, the President should explain what sort of wiretap it was and how he knows this. It is possible that he was illegally tapped.


On the other hand, if it was with a legal FISA Court order, then an application for surveillance exists that the Court found credible.


The President should ask that this full application regarding surveillance of foreign operatives or operations be made available, ideally to the full public, and at a bare minimum to the U.S. Senate.

Sasses then concludes:

"We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust, and the President's allegations today demand the thorough and dispassionate attention of serious patriots. A quest for the full truth, rather than knee-jerk partisanship, must be our guide if we are going to rebuild civic trust and health."

It appears that the Trump admin may already be working on Sasse's recommendations: as the NYT reports, "a senior White House official said that Donald F. McGahn II, the president’s chief counsel, was working on Saturday to secure access to what the official described as a document issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court authorizing surveillance of Mr. Trump and his associates. The official offered no evidence to support the notion that such a document exists; any such move by a White House counsel would be viewed at the Justice Department as a stunning case of interference."

Alternatively, it would be viewed as a case president seeking to determine if his predecessor was actively plotting to interfere with the election via wiretapping, also a quite "stunning" case.

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aliki's picture

i feel like everyday shit gets a little fucking crazier

knukles's picture

Y'all ain't seen nuffin' yet.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

One can almost hear HRC's cankles quivering

insanelysane's picture

The Dems thought they had the presidency sowed up.  They were probably planning on jailing Trump as retribution for all of the jail Hillary chants.  There needs to be a team that reviews everything the DOJ was doing during the election year.

Son of Loki's picture

Lock up Obama and Hillary now.

johngaltfla's picture

Sasse is such a fucking pussy. He should just stay home and fuck sheep or something.

Fed Supporter's picture

White house interfering with DOJ, WTF, I thought the Donald was in charge of the DOJ.  How can it be interference when you are investigating your predecessor's interference.  The media knows no bounds for manipulation and propaganda.  The media is the enemy, with out them the left is lifeless.

eatthebanksters's picture

Perhaps the reason Trump's White House Counsel is making the request if because the DOJ still has to many rats in its ranks...if this has to do with Russia then Sessions has already recused himself and an Obama Justice Department appointee would be involved with the thank you.  Let's get that number two person in the Justice Department confirmed, please. 

DownWithYogaPants's picture

This fucker Ben's Asse needs to go too.  He's an anti Trumper

boattrash's picture

Hey Sasse, The two things needed to rebuild "civic trust and health" for serious patriots are rope and guillotines...just sayin.

SoDamnMad's picture

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.


– Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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robnume's picture

Senator Sasse: "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson.

LeftandRightareWrong's picture

"in the midst"?  That trust train left the station long ago.

brianshell's picture

You know Trump implied he would avoid attacking the previous administration and Hillary after the election. But if this non-stop firehose of accusations and interference doesn't stop, then Trump may yet shift his full attention to slamming these people onto the front burner.

Paul Kersey's picture

Doesn't this prove wire tapping?

“How did we end up with transcripts of the Mike Flynn phone calls to the Russian ambassador”? It is both legal, and standard practice for US intelligence agents to monitor foreign nationals, so they do. But there’s a loophole there. It’s legal to monitor a foreign national’s phone calls, but still illegal to monitor a US citizen. If they’re following protocol, they were required to hang up and disconnect their phone surveillance the moment they identified an American citizen on the line. So, how did we end up with a transcript of their conversation?

Here’s how. They could keep on listening in and taping merrily away if they already had a FISA warrant out on Mike Flynn. With that warrant, all bets are off. So, if they ended up with a transcript of Flynn’s call(s) to the ambassador, then it’s a de facto admission that there was already a FISA warrant on Flynn before the phone calls took place, otherwise they would have had to disconnect the call once they identified Flynn.

How long have they had a warrant for Flynn? How much more have they collected before the phone calls tipped their hands? And who else is wandering around out there with a warrant taped to their backs? We have no way of knowing, but the way things are going down with this Klown Kar circus, we might be finding out more soon."

eatthebanksters's picture

Obama views Flynn as an enemy sicnce Flynn was so opposed to Obama's Iran deal...this is starting to look real bad for Obama and his staff if any of this is true.

Fed Supporter's picture

All is fair love and war.  This is war and Trump needs to annihilate these mofos once and for all.  The dirty shit the left and the media are pulling Trump should not stop until they are all whimpering in a corner and or jail.

vato poco's picture

that's goddamn right. Trump needs to unleash a blitz on the deep state. audit *every* doc they produced AND *every* action that *every* government agency took in the last year, with a primary emphasis on A) was this legal? and B) cui bono?

if the Trump people need help, I volunteer. Just pay me some of that sweet sweet gummint money and bennies, and I'll produce more in a day than any GS-whatever does in a month. 



Line up airport snow blowers in D.C.

Run them at full speed until you run out of career politicians and bureaucrats to feed through them.

I'll bet even the crows and seagulls won't touch the debris pile.  

gigadeath's picture

"This is madness!" said Barry, sweat pouring down his face. "Madness" replied Trump, who turned, briefly looking to Melania who nodded, ever so slightly. With a whirl of his cloak, Trump turned and looked Barry dead in the eyes. "THIS IS PIZZAGATE".

vato poco's picture

but at least no glowing depictions of chiseled abs or loincloths greedily hugging asses. yet, anyway.

this might be fun - barry and the boys may have done gone and fucked up on this one. lesson 1 for the crooked chicago pol is 'leave no paper trails', but....they did. FISA app has names & signatures. FISA warrant ok has names and signatures. 

look for a spate of mysterious accidents and unexpected suicides would be my guess. 

Sweet Chicken's picture

As soon as I saw the story today I knew blood spilling will be the next thing.

vato poco's picture

"I told him that nail gun was dangerous!", the widow sobbed

Paper Mache's picture

LOVE iT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! FAN FICTION.  more please gigadeath 

sunnyside's picture

With her father and husband behind doors in a secure room, Ivanka knew that she could finally be alone with the zerohedge poster known as "sunnyside".  She opened the door to her private suite (located ironically at the Marriott) and let him in.

vato poco's picture

"she turned to Sunnyside, and - hungrily, greedily, achingly - devoured him with her smoky eyes and dusky smile and heaving knockers. they made small talk for awhile, her voice husky with....what? something primal, it seemed to him....then, at last, the time for small talk was over. they both knew it, they both felt it. she looked at him, smiled shyly and asked him. "Have you ever considered the One Real Truth that can only be found in Scientology?"


With smouldering eyes, pouting engorged lips, and heaving breats, she added " Do you know any hot lesbians I can hook up with ? "

" I need a break from big men with small egos. " 

vato poco's picture which any reasonable man would reply, of course, "Can I watch?"

Implied Violins's picture

Chauncy Gardiner approves. And he knows a thing or two about presidents.

Dp909rev's picture

Does he twirl his mustache and wear a top hat like snidely whiplash?

Dp909rev's picture

Does he twirl his mustache and wear a top hat like snidely whiplash?

Theta_Burn's picture

Somehow I think we haven't even scratched the surface yet.

obama's America.. the founding fathers would be soo proud.


Jim in MN's picture

Attorney General has to sign off on ALL of these wiretaps.

Let's see how this one develops. So far the denial states that no one in the White House 'ordered' it. They haven't denied approving it.

Quite similar to the procedures used by CREEP for Nixon. 

Just a fig leaf of legality courtesy of Ye Olde Patriot Acte.

Proctologist's picture

Our nation is circling the bowl in the final elite economic flush.

I think the founding fathers would wonder aloud if Lord Cromwell had been resurrected as a black man.

Idaho potato head's picture

It's a whole lot more than a feeling, and it's a whole lot more than crazy.

joego1's picture

My assessment is that is may be all theater to mask upcoming martial law regarding an impending global disaster. Notice how even though the Russians seem to be poisonous politically we are still working with them on the international space station. Why cooperation in space? Why are the polar caps on Mars melting? Why is Venus so bright during a solar minimum? Why is there a exponential increase in volcanic and earthquakes? Why is the pole shifting on our planet?

Krungle's picture

There are so many easier ways to get from point A to point B. While I will concede there is weirdness going on just beyond our political drama, covering for the other weirdness by creating political weirdness as a pretext to hoodwink everyone while the galatic weirdness becomes more and more apparent seems like an idiotic way to get the goal accomplished. 

Theta_Burn's picture

Passing across the galactic plane usually brings about many changes...

Zorba's idea's picture many whys and not enough wherefores..

Evil Peanut's picture

Suddenly Trump is bad for doing what the Libtards have been doing for 2 years?

They are jokes that only other libtards take seriously. Everyone else sees them as useless sacks of shite

Woolyman's picture

Sasse is just out in front of what will be a national crisis triggered by words emanating from the presidential pie hole and pecked out on Twitter with his stubby little fingers. 

"We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust"

Amen brother Ben!






Bad_Sushi's picture

Bravo, let the sun shine in. 

onewayticket2's picture

"We are in the midst of a civilization-warping crisis of public trust,"


The only reason is that The People started to fight back....this stuff has been going on for decades, but Republicans never fought back.    


...until now.

chunga's picture

A little help from guys like Chaffetz and Gowdy will be good.

And the McCain/Issa/Graham them out by name Trump, and put on a mark on them.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

You are correct.  Trump shoved it up Hitlary's ass, and now he is going to do it to the rest of the fucking sacred cows.  About fucking time!