Senators Ask DOJ, FBI For Information On Trump Wiretapping

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While some had expected that Trump's latest threat to demand a probe into Obama's alleged wiretapping of the Trump Tower to quietly fade from public consciousness the same way his threat to probe the rigged elections went nowhere, moments ago members of the Judiciary Panel, Senators raham and Whitehouse, announced they have asked the FBI and DOJ for information on the wire-tapping on President Trump, including copies of warrant applications and associated orders.

From the news release:

Senators Graham and Whitehouse Request Warrant Applications and Court Orders Related to Possible Wiretapping of President Trump, Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, today sent a letter to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Acting Deputy Attorney General requesting information on possible wiretapping of President Trump, the Trump campaign, or Trump Tower.

 

"We request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders—redacted as necessary to protect intelligence sources and methods that may be compromised by disclosure, and to protect any ongoing investigations—related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower," wrote Graham and Whitehouse. "We will be glad to review any such applications and orders once they are disclosed, and proceed as appropriate with the oversight the President has requested."

 

"As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, we would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously. We would be equally alarmed to learn that a court found enough evidence of criminal activity or contact with a foreign power to legally authorize a wiretap of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower."

And here is the letter they sent to the acting Attorney General Dana Boente as well as FBI Director James Comey:

March 8, 2017

 

The Honorable Dana J. Boente

Acting Deputy Attorney General

Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20530

 

The Honorable James B. Comey, Jr. Director

Federal Bureau of Investigation

935 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20535

 

Dear Deputy Attorney General Boente and Director Comey:

 

Congress must get to the bottom of President Trump's recent allegation that President Obama wiretapped President Trump's phones during the 2016 election. The White House agrees. On Sunday, President Trump requested, through Press Secretary Sean Spicer, that Congressional committees investigate whether executive branch investigative powers were abused during the Obama administration.

 

The President's request was for the intelligence committees to look into this, but it is the Department of Justice's criminal division that obtains warrants for wiretaps, and oversight of the criminal division lies with the Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Therefore, we request that the Department of Justice provide us copies of any warrant applications and court orders—redacted as necessary to protect intelligence sources and methods that may be compromised by disclosure, and to protect any ongoing investigations—related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower. We will be glad to review any such applications and orders once they are disclosed, and proceed as appropriate with the oversight the President has requested.

 

As Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, we would take any abuse of wiretapping authorities for political purposes very seriously. We would be equally alarmed to learn that a court found enough evidence of criminal activity or contact with a foreign power to legally authorize a wiretap of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower. We look forward to your response.

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yrad's picture

HANG EM HIGH!

junction's picture

Wiretapping Trump so they can geolocate him.  Three months ago, gunships flying over Trump Tower. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-13/anxious-new-yorkers-question-wh...

It sure looks like someone is casing Trump, tracking him, in the event a shoot to kill order comes through from the Rothschilds.

froze25's picture

Will someone please just release photos outing Graham as the Closet case he is. I am so sick of that Globalist Stooge. This is the deal, they ordered surveillance on the people Trump was going to talk to, not on Trump directly. Those are the orders that need to be found. Let lets them say, we didn't order surveillance on Trump, we ordered it on the Austrian President...

chubbar's picture

How about launching an investigation of who recorded the phone call between Flynn and the Russian ambassador and who gave it to the WaPo? That's a felony, why isn't that on their radar? It might actually lead them to who is tapping Trump.

HillaryOdor's picture

Have no fear.  Lindsey fucking Graham is on the case.  I'm so ashamed of my state.  How is this clown still in office?  This closet fag should be pushing up daisies for what he's done to this country.

SamAdams's picture

Agreed!  There is only one redeeming quality of Graham.  He would make a fine bullet catcher....

shivura's picture

i can't wait til all you asslickers realize the real traitor who sold his country out so he could (actually) make billions is trump.

the thing is, even after all the evidence is released and it's clear as day that he was working with the russians you guys still will believe he is God and actually wants to make your pathetic lives better because....wait for it...you are idiots. MRGA bitchez!!!

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

the thing is, even after all the evidence is released and it's clear as day that he was working with the russians

Evidence so far = 0.

So you just lick Obama under the ass.

all-priced-in's picture

Spineless jellyfish, a .22 short would go right through him - not much of a bullet catcher. I would guess he's more of a cum catcher.

trillion_dollar_deficit's picture

Excellent connecting of dots.

Scuba Steve's picture

Maybe But if you know it then DJT knows it.

I'm thinkin DJT has enough assets to hire the right squad for 1on1's with each living member of the Rothschilds and enough assets to have these folks hired into perpetuity.

There are a lot of good guys out there to get these assignments done, I'm sure of that.

And I'm thinking DJT has the balls to send each Rothschild a message assuring them their life would be over within days of his dismissal.(Even the babies) And I'm guessin a stoppage of blood lineage would be sheer terror to them

If they know where his bunkers are, I'm thinking he knows where their bunkers are ... at that point its just a waiting game.

Days of the Jackals

crossroaddemon's picture

WHich is why it's absolutely ludicrous to think he's going to go after the deep state. He knows what happens if he doesn't play ball.

sarz's picture

If it comes to that, expect a military takeover and droning of Rothschild wedding parties and funerals. 

crossroaddemon's picture

Annddd... you don't think the pentagon knows whoit works for? Spoiler: it ain't the president.

Scuba Steve's picture

Agreed No Pentagon/Military/govt assets needed.

Private little covert army with precision is definitely the way it would work itself out.

onewayticket2's picture

Of Interest:  Here's the scope:  "wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower,"

 

Lewandowski (and Manafort?) was no longer part of any of these (officially) at the time trump alleges the spying happened.....

laser's picture

Warrants are used to launder info already collected.

IridiumRebel's picture

I think Loretta is worried.

SWRichmond's picture

Loretta be thrown under the bus.  Front or back, doesn't matter.

IridiumRebel's picture

She is the "lynchpin" in all of this.
Funny how it all unfolded. Blabbermouth left newsers did this with Flynn calls. Turnabouts fair play.

tmosley's picture

I wouldn't say the probe into the election fraud went nowhere. It went onto the back burner so he can focus on the ongoing crisis. Sort of like how Abe Lincoln probably wouldn't have focused on election fraud investigations with Southern armies organizing.

chunga's picture

No, the March 20 Intelligence Committee hearing is going to potentially be all about election fraud. It was the democrats who demanded that investigation on, of all things, election tampering. BUT they want to confine the scope of that investigation to tampering by Russia ONLY.

The majority republicans cannot permit the dems to confine the scope because we KNOW it's the dems who tampered with the election all the way through, starting with their fake primaries, right up to Barkey/Lynch calling for Trump to be spied on.

Trump has got em by the balls here and the question is will majority repubs allow the likes of Schiff to take over that investigation.

It does worry me that Graham and Whitehouse are asking this question because they may already know what DOJ will say.

I suspect Trump's tweet on this to be: SUBPOENA THE WEINER LAPTOP.

Chupacabra-322's picture

It's worth repeating.

There's way more going on here then first alleged.
 
From Bloomberg, not my choice for news, but
 
There is another component to this story as well -- as Trump himself just tweeted. It's very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens, let alone senior U.S. officials. The last story like this to hit Washington was in 2009 when Jeff Stein, then of CQ, reported on intercepted phone calls between a senior Aipac lobbyist and Jane Harman, who at the time was a Democratic member of Congress. 
 
Normally intercepts of U.S. officials and citizens are some of the most tightly held government secrets. This is for good reason. Selectively disclosing details of private conversations monitored by the FBI or NSA gives the permanent state the power to destroy reputations from the cloak of anonymity. This is what police states do.  
 
In the past it was considered scandalous for senior U.S. officials to even request the identities of U.S. officials incidentally monitored by the government (normally they are redacted from intelligence reports). John Bolton's nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was derailed in 2006 after the NSA confirmed he had made 10 such requests when he was Undersecretary of State for Arms Control in George W. Bush's first term. The fact that the intercepts of Flynn's conversations with Kislyak appear to have been widely distributed inside the government is a red flag.
 
Representative Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told me Monday that he saw the leaks about Flynn's conversations with Kislyak as part of a pattern. "There does appear to be a well orchestrated effort to attack Flynn and others in the administration," he said. "From the leaking of phone calls between the president and foreign leaders to what appears to be high-level FISA Court information, to the leaking of American citizens being denied security clearances, it looks like a pattern."
 
 @?realDonaldTrump?
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?

President Trump was roundly mocked among liberals for that tweet. But he is, in many ways, correct. These leaks are an enormous problem. And in a less polarized context, they would be recognized immediately for what they clearly are: an effort to manipulate public opinion for the sake of achieving a desired political outcome. It's weaponized spin.............
 
But no matter what Flynn did, it is simply not the role of the deep state to target a man working in one of the political branches of the government by dishing to reporters about information it has gathered clandestinely. It is the role of elected members of Congress to conduct public investigations of alleged wrongdoing by public officials.......
 
But the answer isn't to counter it with equally irregular acts of sabotage — or with a disinformation campaign waged by nameless civil servants toiling away in the surveillance state.....

chunga's picture

I just heard Spicer talking about this. He danced around and said Trump just wanted to get facts surrounding the allegations of election tampering. The facts are really, really bad. This is going to be very interesting.

SgtShaftoe's picture

At this rate of bullshit that they're throwing Trump's way, it would be lucky that he has time to pick his nose between all the stupid and baseless scandals they are launching at him. They're trying to overwhelm him with bullshit.

shimmy's picture

Sort of true but Trump brought this one on himself. He'd also do himself a favour by not constantly going on about how bad the media is since he's then hounded about his comments on that.

SRV's picture

Yup, should have just kept quiet and let the media ferret the story out... duh!

The Gun Is Good's picture

LOL! True... but Trump has certainly made extra work for himself by being reactionary to their attacks and fielding his incessant impulsive tweets. (A rise-above, Lincolnesque approach might be better, I would think... But... if it's Trump's style and he's energized by the melee, well, have at it, I guess... I just hope he has the energy to rumble in the jungle like this for four years. It's a LONG time, unless he starts getting some irreversible wins soon....)

divingengineer's picture

I can hear the Justice Dept hard drives crashing from here. 

Gonna be a lot of CYA over there this month. 

playnstocks's picture

Look at me I'm busy pushing paper!  What Idiots!

Tjeff1's picture

They should expand the request to include British Inteligence.   

CIA Analyst – Trump Wiretap Was Probably Done Via British GCHQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_jRHLLb9e4

DonaldWashington's picture

Decision Sciences - Ridge Global - Chertoff Group

McNamara - Allen - Cooper

https://idraintheswamp.com/home/decision-sciences/

Nobodys Home's picture

Interesting link

Weird: Jay Cohen...a chosen one in the armed forces...rare

2002: "The nation’s secret intelligence court has identified more than 75 cases in which it says it was misled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in documents in which the bureau attempted to justify its need for wiretaps and other electronic surveillance, according to the first of the court’s rulings to be released publicly."

2005: "The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval was a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad.
Nearly a dozen current and former officials, who were granted anonymity because of the classified nature of the program, discussed it with reporters for The New York Times because of their concerns about the operation’s legality and oversight."

I wonder how many times that happens now?....Perhaps with Trump?

Chupacabra-322's picture

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017.

Well over do.

The Deep State comprises of the following Criminal Entites as per Kevin Shipp Former CIA Officer Anti-Terrorism Specialist.

CIA
NSA
DOJ
FBI
DHS
DOD
DOS
IRS
EPA
NOAA
NWS

Effective immediately defund, Eliminate & Supeona it's Agents, Officials & Dept. Heads. in regard to the Mass Surveillance Global Espionage Spying network & monitoring of a President Elect by aforementioned Agencies & former President Obama, AG Lynch & James Clapper.

NoWayJose's picture

Paging sleepy Sessions - get a grand jury together!

JarMyMetric's picture

WE nee to find out what kind commies Trump has been collaborating with and get his ass impeached. No more Orange Hitler. Mark my words:)

WTFUD's picture

I'm organizing a 'kick clowns like you in the Face' Day.

IridiumRebel's picture

Can we blend that with "Cock Slap a Soros Troll" Day?

WTFUD's picture

Has Graham got the time in between Warmongering with McInsane?

spastic_colon's picture

hmmm something smells funny.......why do i hear "we found nothing" coming from the future?

coast1's picture

1, hopefully the cia and fbi will be exposed for those who are traitors...

2. obamacare is difficult to change, millions who are poor get free health care, the rich dont care, the middle class is being destroyed by it tho...period end of discussion.

3. Graphs and charts such as how many jobs were added etc on todays ZH headline are lies.  I support trump but everything is a lie, I know because I worked in an environment that does the numbers.  Its all lies. If the good news was for obama, you would be bashing it, but its for trump so you believe it...get over it, you are an idiot.

4. why do I see an article saying how oil is going higher, then I look at the current price and see it lower, and then ZH puts an artile out an hour later showing oil plunging....Get it together ZH, and stop the click bait. thxx.

5. I still like Zh, just giving constructive criticism, and I do very much enjoy the posts. Many intelligent people around here.

going to edit number 2 in regards to obamacare...nothing is free, and the care most doctors give are more damaging than they are good...k then

bowie28's picture

I don't get it.  Senate committee action would make sense if Obama was still in office or HRC had won but Trump's appointee is running the DOJ now.  Are they saying he can't get access to information about a previous DOJ investigation?

Something doesn't make sense here.

 

EDIT - Just had a thought.  What if Sessions/Trump already has the proof and they're letting this play out to observe what each of the parties do (Senate, DOJ, FBI).  Maybe a clever trap to ensnare some enemies in obstruction or other crimes. 

crossroaddemon's picture

This is one of the reasons I'm convinced this is theater. Trump doesn't need to call for an investigation; getting all the data is as simple as making a phone call.

bowie28's picture

Right, or on second thought maybe it's a setup the other way which would not surprise me since this is coming from Lindsay. 

Maybe he's opening the door for another wave of half-redacted "evidence" of connections between Trump and Russia (which he was tipped off are ready to release) under the cover of doing what the President asked and looking into the wiretapping.

The shit is getting deeper by the day.

crossroaddemon's picture

I think just making the blanket assumption that this is some Trump master plan to out people is naive in the extreme. Sorry. 

bowie28's picture

Unfortunately that probably was wishful thinking on my part so I have to agree with you.  More likely this is Lindsay facilitating the next big revelation of previously undisclosed evidence of "collusion with the Russians" that will be covered 24X7 on MSM along with interviews with Schumer, Pelosi, and all the usual suspects calling for an independent prosecutor and impeachment.  In any case it seems the stakes are being raised quickly.  Hopefully Wikileaks will pick up the pace on their CIA dumps. 

crossroaddemon's picture

Ever since wikileaks impicated saudi arabia as the party responsible for 9/11 I've been operating under the assumption that Assange is part of a psyop. Nothing he has done since has changed my mind. Remember last fall when he kept promising smoking gun releases implicatiing hillary clinton? Never happened, did it? And you may or may not remember that I predicted exactly that.