NY Times Confirms Obama FBI Spied on Opposition Political Campaign

The Obama FBI acted in a pure banana republic manner and the media, unable to hide it, is trying to pretend it’s not a problem.

Yesterday, I pointed out how the New York Times spread leaked propaganda about the Obama FBI. What I did not mention is the central point of the story was to admit, before Devin Nunes did, that the Obama FBI did indeed spy on the Trump campaign in multiple ways, including “at least one” human asset. Mollie Hemmingway at the Federalist writes a comprehensive review of all that is wrong with the New York Times story that reveals the admission and points out many other problems. Kim Strassel did similar work on Twitter:

The Federalist reports, “10 Key Takeaways From The New York Times’ Error-Ridden Defense Of FBI Spying On Trump Campaign.”

The New York Times’ story, headlined “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation,” is a dry and gentle account of the FBI’s launch of extensive surveillance of affiliates of the Trump campaign. Whereas FBI officials and media enablers had previously downplayed claims that the Trump campaign had been surveiled, in this story we learn that it was more widespread than previously acknowledged:

The F.B.I. investigated four unidentified Trump campaign aides in those early months, congressional investigators revealed in February. The four men were Michael T. Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said…

The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said.This is a stunning admission for those Americans worried that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies might use their powers to surveil, leak against, and target Americans simply for their political views or affiliations.

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Thanks to the work of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Americans already learned that the FBI had secured a wiretap on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign official.

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Now we learn that it wasn’t just Page, but that the government was going after four campaign affiliates including the former campaign manager, the top foreign policy advisor, and a low-level advisor whose drunken claim supposedly launched the investigation into the campaign. The bureau says Trump’s top foreign policy advisor and future national security advisor — a published critic of Russia — was surveiled because he spoke at an event in Russia sponsored by Russia Today, a government-sponsored media outlet.

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The surveillance didn’t just include wiretaps, but also national security letters and at least one government informant to spy on the campaign.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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