DOJ Delivers Trump Wiretap Documents To Congress, Statement Due Shortly

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The DoJ just delivered documents to congressional committees responding to their request for information that could shed light on President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama ordered U.S. agencies to spy on him. Reuters reports that a congressional official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the House Intelligence Committee was examining the documents and might issue a public statement about them later on Friday.

As The Hill reports, it's unclear what's in the documents, which CNN reported separately had also been delivered to the Senate Intelligence Committee, though that report could not be immediately confirmed.

Reuters reports a 'government source' an initial examination of the material turned over by the Justice Department indicates that it contains no evidence to confirm Trump's claims.

Leaders of both the House and Senate intelligence committees, including from Trump's Republican Party, have said they have found no evidence to substantiate Trump's claims that Obama ordered U.S. agencies to spy on Trump or his entourage. The White House has publicly offered no proof of the allegation. On Monday, the House panel sent the Justice Department a letter asking for copies of any court orders related to Trump or his associates which might have been issued last year under an electronic surveillance law or a wide-ranging anti-crime statute.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has sought to clarify the claims, saying that Trump put the wiretapping accusation "in quotes" and was more broadly referring to surveillance activities by the Obama administration.

But, The Hill continues, Spicer also said that Trump "stands by" his initial tweets on the subject, and Trump on Friday joked about the wiretapping claims during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The House Intelligence Committee will hold an open hearing on Russian interference in the election on Monday, where questions about Trump’s claims are sure to be raised. Lawmakers will have the opportunity to press FBI Director James Comey on the issue.

One way or another, we suspect speculation about what the documets contain will quickly become the news-cycle narrative for the weekend.

Updates to follow...

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venturen's picture

Judge Crater will make a ruling as soon as he gets back

Belrev's picture

Judge Napolitano already explained what may happen

GUS100CORRINA's picture

This NEWS should be interesting ... we all know that the IC lives and dies on information gathering and manipulation. Just ask Merkel from Germany because she was a victim. Leaders cannot survive unless the IC 'wiretaps'. We live in a fallen world full of evil.

Below is list of movies with scripts that look to accurately reflect IC behaviors and practices. To how these behaviors and practices have gone wrong, look no further than SYRIA and the Middle East theatre for the last 8 years under OBAMA/CLINTON leadership

=== Movie List ====

"Three Days of the Condor" starring Robert Redford

"Enemy of the State" starring Gene Hackman and Will Smith

"The Bourne Identity" starring Matt Damon

I pray that this goes well for the TRUMP team.

froze25's picture

I look forward to seeing this unfold.

MissCellany's picture

If the documents don't prove Trump Tower was bugged, etc., then what else might they prove?

Gotta wonder if Trump is playing some sort of 4D chess with the press again here. Maybe they don't prove actual wiretapping, for instance (though the NYT itself used that word in its front-page headline and story). I dunno... Maybe the real point is to force MSM to admit there's no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion, or something.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Doesn't matter at all what transpired. There are 400 levels of "plausible deniability" in the command chain.

hope_talk's picture
hope_talk (not verified) Stuck on Zero Mar 18, 2017 7:00 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...

Ledlak's picture

President Trump is certainly playing the media and their accomplices in the Congress. He's forcing the media to acknowledge they lied when they claimed wiretapping proved the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. I don't think he should give in to the forces of lies. Keep them in this agitated state. But be sure to get yourself a large supply of popcorn because this will keep them busy for a long, long, looooooooooooooong time.

PT's picture

I don't think I can eat that much popcorn.  Is there a way to fast forward to the end?  This show got really boring a loooooong time ago.

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Plus, when you want something done of communicated, you do it in person.

1. Bill Clinton/Loretta Lynch on her plane on tarmac far away from DC.

2. Barack Obama visiting Hawaii to visit Judge who is making ruling on Trump's travel ban.

List goes on, and on, and on. If you want something to stay private, you meet in private in a secured place without bugs or taps.


Max Cynical's picture

They may identify who requested Mike Flynn recording be "unmasked".

B1G mNy's picture

That's my thought on this matter. The man is no dummy and he appears to be a few steps ahead of the foaming at the mouth Main stream media who can triggered just by using Russ..

kw2012's picture

Transcripts of trump's calls were released. Only our government or a foreign government could do that

stocktivity's picture

Oh Goodie! let's spend the weekend watching fictional Hollywood movies to find out what's really going on.

Tarzan's picture

It seems clarifying this issue has evolved to Kabuki theater.

kabuki theater”  a tale of smoke and mirrors, full of sound and fury, and signifying almost nothing. A big production, mostly for show, utilizing stylized movement, while the real action goes on behind the scenes


Yes, my life is better left to chance. 

I could have missed the pain,

but I'd have had to miss the dance.

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Takeaction2 (not verified) venturen Mar 17, 2017 4:45 PM

The problem with this entire narrative is how TRUMP presented it.  Obama "ORDERED"......   Key word..."ORDERED".....Obama would not officially order anything....he would simply brush up against Loretta Lynch in the hallway and say under his breath.."Hey...NSA...Trump Russian Tower.."   Obama and his administration are way too sly to just let something like this be documented and able to be easily exposed.  He is a sly fucker...
The piece of the puzzle that you DID get all circles around how Flynn got roped up in this mess.  That is the smoking gun.  Who was being targeted....once you get that answer...then you ask...okay...I want to see ALL communications between that person...then start spreading.
Also...couldn't TRUMP say "I want to see all FISA orders and ALL surveillance logs 6 months prior to election.."  ALL...EVERY ONE...ALL. 


So that being said...When Trump stated Obama "Ordered" was very easy for the Pbama admin to say.. NO WE DIDN'T.


Something is not right...I can't put my finger on it....but something is not right...and it all starts with asking questions surrounding Flynn.  That is the key.  The dems went after Flynn to fast...and exposed something...

paddycomeback's picture

I have the same problem. Potus must have the highest security clearance possible. Just demand the FISA files for last year. If there is nothing, he was never suspected of being a Russian asset. If there were warrants, Obama is toast.

froze25's picture

If Obama ordered it is irrelevant,  if it happened and he didn't know about it it shows he was not in control of his presidency (I doubt he was) if he did order it he is a criminal. In any event he is responsible for his people's actions. 

looseal's picture

POTUS does not have a security clearance.  

SoDamnMad's picture

An order like that will never show up. Only a fool would leave a trail. What do you think the Bill Clinton - Loretta Lynch meeting was on a tarmac at Phoenix Airport. Those are the orders.  Lucky catch it got photographed but you will never know what was said unless Lynch gets waterboarded. High level people meet in empty hallways and give the orders for GCHQ to watch/ listen. record trump as favors for previous missions.

Lanka's picture

The POTUS security clearance is a midling level 17.  Someone presumably has level 1.

TwelveOhOne's picture

This reminds me of that hilarious role-playing game "Paranoia" from the 80s.  Like Dungeons and Dragons but you keep dying, and your security clearance is never high enough.  Good times.

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Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Takeaction2 Mar 17, 2017 5:38 PM

Congratulations on butchering the English language, moron.

Care to do a followup on what the definition of "is" is?

Jim in MN's picture

Why the fuck don't they ask for THE COMMUNICATIONS INTERCEPTS on Flynn and anyone else in Trumporbit, and the associated metadata (when, how, by who, how hard, etc.)????

These are the games that get played.

Of course it will be even funnier if Trump asks the slightly wrong question a couple of times, the media goes apeshit....and then he asks the RIGHT question.

stocktivity's picture

How about asking Sessions. I'd love to see a smoking gun come out of those reports involving that redneck.

silvercity's picture

I don't think that Trump has security clearance to see NSA data. 

truthseeker47's picture

If he doesn't have top security clearance, then the Deep State really is running things and the president is only a powerless figurehead.

NoPension's picture

Piss ant unelected judges usurping his plenary authority have already proven that.

Ferrari's picture

I'll cut to the chase. The Deep State is running things and the president is pretty much a powerless figurehead. Apparently Trump is making a concerted effort to rectify that situation and return us all to some semblance of a republic. We all wish him God's speed.

crossroaddemon's picture

Or he's part of it and this is all theater. You don't really think he's willing to give his life for the flag,mom, and apple pie do you? Because that's what it comes down to if he actually tries to change anything. The last POTUS who tried to take charge got his brains blown out in the back of a limo cruising through an oversized Texas cow town.

crossroaddemon's picture

Well no shit. Did you really think POTUS gets to make desicions?

MANvsMACHINE's picture

Do you really think The Donald is the head guy of anything and not the guy making the decisions?

DaddyO's picture

Is this another late Friday shuffle of a news story that will be forgotten by Monday morning?


mofreedom's picture

Good, not forgotten, bad, forgotten, bad made good, fake news...sayeth the newsrooms.

Theta_Burn's picture

No leak on these docs probably means they have merit..

X- x3's picture

I wanna see the "weiner's" 650,00,000 emails!

Fuck this exercise in diversion from #PizzaGate & #Pedogate.


Chupacabra-322's picture


Let the evidence lead where it may and let the Heaven Prevail.

Sweet Chicken's picture

The three of us are totally on the same page. If nothing comes from Pizzagate then nothing will ever change until the people rise up. This is our last hoohrah. 

Chupacabra-322's picture

We're completely Lawless. The Open in your face, absolute complete
Lawlessness is what's most vile & revolting.

chunga's picture

I just found this while poking around, I hadn't heard of this.

Senators Feinstein and Grassley grim and silent after Trump-Russia briefings with Comey

After closed door meetings with FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee looked grim and rattled and refused to divulge the contents of the meeting to reporters.

gilhgvc's picture

Thanks, after seeing that story, I think my weekend may be a bit better

chunga's picture

I've got fake fox news on and they aren't talking about this at all. (((Krauthammer))) did say "everybody knows" the wiretap story isn't true while rolling his beady little eyes.

Stinkytofu's picture

this is the importantful part:


“This briefing was all on sensitive matters,” Feinstein said, “and highly classified and it’s really not anything we can answer any questions about.”


this is partisan hack feinstain speaking!  had the report been a nothingburger, had it shown trump was lying,

had it shown NO spying on trump tower, you KNOW she would have been all over that.....saying for suresies

can't give details, but giving her commie base some delicious meaty soundbites to parrot on the teevee.


that she declined to comment IS the comment.  that tells us there was some really bad shit in that briefing,

something that supported trump's claims.

NoPension's picture

Now all of a sudden, secrets are secrets, and security matters.

Yeah...Comey pissed in their Cheerios.