Trump Administration Asks For "Additional Time" To Prove Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower

Tyler Durden's picture

Nine days after President Trump's now infamous "Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower" tweet, his administration has asked for more time to comply with a House Intelligence Committee request for evidence substantiating Trump's claims.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked the White House to offer by today, any evidence showing Trump Tower was wiretapped.

It appears The White House has been unable to and as The Hill reports,

"This afternoon, the Department of Justice placed calls to representatives of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to ask for additional time to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities and to determine what if any responsive documents may exist," a statement from the DOJ released hours before the Monday deadline said.

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) confirmed the request in a statement.

"The Department of Justice has asked for more time to comply with the House Intelligence Committee’s request for information related to possible surveillance of Donald Trump or his associates during the election campaign.

 

"We have asked the Department to provide us this information before the Committee’s open hearing scheduled for March 20. If the committee does not receive a response by then, the Committee will ask for this information during the March 20 hearing and may resort to a compulsory process if our questions continue to go unanswered."

Trump's tweets put his own administration and Republican lawmakers in a bind over how to respond. Many Republicans have denied seeing any evidence, including House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Oversight member Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Senate Intelligence Committee members Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.). Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper outright denied the allegation. FBI Director James Comey was reportedly outraged by Trump’s statements and pressed the Justice Department to debunk them right away.

It is unclear why Trump believes he might have been wiretapped, but his statements came soon after a conservative radio host detailed allegations about the Obama administration surveilling Trump, which were then published by Breitbart News.

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

 

2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.

 

3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.

 

4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

 

5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.

 

6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing 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 powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.

 

7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the exisentence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.

 

8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.

 

9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.

 

10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Post reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

Soon after Trump sent his tweets accusing Obama, the White House announced it would no longer discuss the issue and would hand the investigation over to Congress.

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BigFatUglyBubble's picture

What a circus.  The world sees us as weak.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I've been missing Trump's tweets.  I especially love how riled up they get the libtards - whose meltdowns continue!  It's glorious and their tears are delicious.  It's like we get to win the election every day!

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"It's like we get to win the election every day!"

He sure is an entertainer. Maybe its time we move from the election to governance

847328_3527's picture

Trump should also respond to demand evidence of "Russian hacking" by Wednesday or shut up, as McShame would say.

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Joe Sichs Pach's picture

Is being so concerned about what everyone thinks of the US a millennial thing?
I don't get it. Why is it a concern?

lester1's picture

There will be mass riots in every major US city if the first black president gets arrested for ordering an illegal wiretap.

 

Think about that for a second.. !!

espirit's picture

McStains asshole has been so puckered up over this wiretapping ordeal, he hasn't dumped in over two weeks.

This delay will be his debilitating downfall into his own excrement.

johngaltfla's picture

And now Trump succumbs to the CIA rat's nest which makes all of the recent news look even worse:

President Trump gives the CIA Unconstitutional Authority to use Drones for Airstrikes
Quick's picture

Nobody gives a shit....I hope Barry has to make the perp walk on camera...

 

The black Pres was a crooked liar !!!

AtATrESICI's picture

Everyone in the political and oligarc classes are crooked fucking liars. This shit show is just theater for all the plebs a distraction with shiny shit. Meanwhile business as usual.

Got The Wrong No's picture

If Soros and Obama have their way that is going to happen no matter what the outcome of this is.

FIAT CON's picture

Darwinism gene pool cleansing is what will happen.

lester1's picture

There will be mass riots in every major US city if the first black president gets arrested for ordering an illegal wiretap.

 

Think about that for a second.. !!

SWRichmond's picture

Think Hanoi would take McCain back?  Would we have to shoot him down again?

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

I don't care what they think, I care what they do.

SWRichmond's picture

Obama's activities are subversive, he should be wiretapped.  Contact with CAIR?  Soros?  Absolutely anyone overseas?  

 

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Insecurity - our society teaches that to be "good", you must be "liked" by everyone.  

However, many come to find that everyone likes a sucker, which is what millenials are.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Way to stay on topic, dickhead.  Most people hate me on this board, I've gotten thousands of downvotes over the last year and a half ( I have another older account.)  I don't feel the need to be liked at all. 

Talk to that "I'm with Trump!" guy or babalooey.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

" Most people hate me on this board,"

I doubt that. However, you might be correct regarding your avatar

Trucker Glock's picture

"Is being so concerned about what everyone thinks of the US a millennial thing?
I don't get it. Why is it a concern?"

One of the reasons the Articles of Confederation was replaced with the...ugh...Constitution was concern over what other nations thought of the confederated states.

Patriot Act of 1787

bowie28's picture

Most of the world sees us as an empire in decline, hell bent on destroying ourselves and likely to take the rest of them with us.  USA! USA! USA!

Escrava Isaura's picture

Talking circus:

Wasn’t Bill Clinton impeached because he was lying about an intern?

What will happen if the President is lying about another President?

 

IndyPat's picture

Oh, just shut the fuck up you silly third world whore.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Give it a few years and USA will be 3rd world too :D

IndyPat's picture

At least then I'll have less important things to do than annoy people about it.
I'm gonna learn half-assed Portuguese so I can go troll their websites daily.

Montgomery Burns's picture

Pretty sure Clinton was impeached for lying under oath. He lied , and continues to lie all the time. Imagine if a politician could be impeached for lying!

Trucker Glock's picture

"Wasn’t Bill Clinton impeached because he was lying about an intern?"

He was impeached because of whom he lied to, not what he lied about.  He could have simply said, "None of your fucking business." when asked about banging his intern.

MarsInScorpio's picture

Sent t Facebook page of retired Maliciously Skewed Media editorial editor, then a second to one of his pals:

Ultra-Left Wingers are an amazing people - did any of you bother to read the Vault 7 CIA-content downloaded by WikiLeaks? ( http://www.zerohedge.com/.../wikileaks-hold-press... )

Did you grasp the idea William Binney communicated that EVERYTHING is tapped? ( http://www.zerohedge.com/.../former-nsa-whistleblower... and http://www.zerohedge.com/.../qa-how-can-i-stop-my-tv... ) Does the word UMBRAGE ring a bell? ( http://www.zerohedge.com/.../wikileaks-exposes-cia... and http://www.zerohedge.com/.../ever-growing-list-admitted... ). Of course you know the Intelligence Community (IC) can watch your every move, hear your every word ( http://www.zerohedge.com/.../government-spooks-can-use... ).

And let's not forget the BIG LIE that the president can't get a wiretap without a court order: In Chapter 36 of Title 50 of the US Code *War and National Defense", Subchapter 1, Section 1802, we read the following:
(1) Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year if the Attorney General certifies in writing under oath that—
 

(A) the electronic surveillance is solely directed at—

(i) the acquisition of the contents of communications transmitted by means of communications used exclusively between or among foreign powers, as defined in section 1801(a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title; or

(ii) the acquisition of technical intelligence, other than the spoken communications of individuals, from property or premises under the open and exclusive control of a foreign power, as defined in section 1801(a)(1), (2), or (3) of this title.

(Please note the careful wording of Obama's denial he ordered any wiretaps - note it is the AG who orders it - technically speaking.)

I could go on, however, I know that you know about everything I've just posted. And despite it all, you continue with your brain-dead, cognitive dissonance - acting as though reality be damned, you are going to continue your irrational campaign to tout a serial felon, psychopathic liar because she kept you in your "safe space" of PC lies.

Of course Obama spied on Trump, just as he did one world leader after another (Merkle is a good start.)

And as for needing a court order to do so, you have obviously never read the law that gives the president authority to tap anyone, anywhere, any time, all on his own acquiescence - or else you live in a world of total denial vis a vis reality.

Knowing your mental illness, I become ever more aware of why you (referring generally to Liberals as a cult, and not to Carl individually!) will lie without end - psychopaths live in their own fantasy . . . every link I put up will mean nothing to you as most will not read them, because it would cause you to have to deal with the conflict between your irrationality, and the Real World. Liberalism is a mental illness, as proven by your refusal to deal with the truth of our Deep State.

To his pal:

Okay, I have just one question. You outlined a few ways and conditions by which the president can legally facilitate wiretapping on various entities. Suppose Mr. Obama did that in pursuit of the intelligence goals you outline above. Then, wouldn't the revelation of the wiretap be obstruction of justice, which does happen to be an impeachable offense.

I wrote:


I believe you are correct. Now, all PC aside, what would happen in America if anyone tried to impeach America's First African-American President? It is politically unthinkable - and Obama knew it. That aside, the NSA captures every digital signal sent anywhere in the world. Anyone who wanted all of Clinton's - or those of anyone else - merely needs to get them from the NSA. We are all tapped, 24/7/365. Asking for "evidence," given the overwhelming evidence that already exists is pure sophistry - and absolutely intellectually insulting. 

The Joker's picture

Nice.  Very nice.  Way to take him to the woodshed! 

 

 

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

So because USA is listening Russian diplomats phone, they must have spied on Trump, very good logic! Hope Russian help him with evidence :-)

MarsInScorpio's picture

Cassandra:

What a dumb ass you are . . . the IC is spying on all of us, 24/7/365.

So yes, dumb ass, they spied on Trump, you , me, everyone on the plant who sends digital signals, or speaks loudly enough to be heard, or sits in front of their "smart" appliance . . . damn, what a psycho shit you are.

Go back to the ZH links and educate yourself - although by now I recognize the troll tactic is to insult the other person with a non-sequitur using a lie as its foundation.

Your post is so totally disconnected from reality that it is impossible to even read twice - you are the puke of ignorance.

But then, your goal has nothing to do with education or truth - it's all about getting us to waste time so you can mentally masturbate ( and probably do so physically as well . . . ) to the fantasy scene in your depraved mind of us typing out our anger for such a turd-ball loose in society.

So from now on, I'll not waste my time with trolls like yourself, but merely reply:

E S & D.

Jein's picture

Marsinscorpio, fascinating tell me more. What a wonderful story about your feelings that we can all read and give a fuck about. Tell me, is Trump's cum salty or sour? 

Got The Wrong No's picture

Another Troll spewing puke. We deserve better Trolls. Tell your handlers to send the A team. The JV teams sucks. 

The central planners's picture

Trump is as imcompetent as obama was. Tired of this nonsense circus.

Ballin D's picture

He's had 50 days and still hasn't jailed her. I'm starting to doubt him myself. Shouldn't be this hard to put a criminal in jail

HRClinton's picture

Thump is not transitioning fast enough or well enough from his Election mode to POTUS mode. 

His vanity and ego are in his way, as are the dopey staff around him, who are not acting as one. Only Priebus and Thump are to blame for that. 

Too erratic, and too much churn. Not good. 

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

You're not transitioning well from your girl going splat on Nov 8

FIAT CON's picture

Are you not aware of the weight of the ball and chain of Obumster, shitlery and all of their demons.

Canary Paint's picture

Fuck that! Getting our panties in a wad over who might see us as weak is one of many sources of error.

As long as Trump chases his tail over this kind of crap, he will be too busy to do anything that could shake things up.

Thorny Xi's picture

Zero Hedge really needs to decouple its ass from the Trumpdick and get back to reality journalism.

spastic_colon's picture

unfortunately this is the new reality.........the off button works too.....still waiting for the russia evidence.

chubbar's picture

FISA applications?

IndyPat's picture

He's done.

That cunt Pence is already measuring for drapes in the Oval Office and Jebs packing the van for his crib at the Observatory.

Trump, your are a motherfucking disappointment. Had it in your grasp and pissed it away.

chunga's picture

We are about to find out if Trump is a complete fraud, and has been all along.

The only other possibility is that his ears have been pinned back via blackmail or threats.

IndyPat's picture

I don't think he was a fraud from the gitgo.

He just surrounded himself with complete goddamn jackals on every single front.
His own daughter worked against him with this girl power shit, the filthy Jew hubby and bringing James fuckin Baker #3 into the White House to peddle the tired global warming con game.
Prebus, Pence, Walsh....all the Goldmanites.

Even Seesions just looks like his fumbling around with his thumb in his ass.