Wednesday, 22 March 2017

President Trump publicly lied when he accused Obama and others of wiretapping

On March 20th 2017, The House intelligence committee began its hearings into Russia’s role in cybersecurity breaches at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as U.S. President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that his predecessor had authorized a wiretap of Trump Tower. FBI Director James Comey and Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, gave evidence at the hearing.

During the hearing, two House intelligence committee officials said that the Justice Department and FBI documents showed no evidence that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower in Manhattan, the Manhattan highrise that housed Trump’s residence, business office and campaign office.  

Comey when addressing the House intelligence committee said that neither his agency nor the Justice Department have information to support Trump’s Obama-wiretap claims. He confirmed that the Bureau is still investigating possible links and co-ordination between Russia and associates of U.S. President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year’s presidential election.                                                       

The extraordinary revelation was the first public confirmation of an investigation that began last summer and which was presented at the outset of Comey’s opening statement in the congressional hearing examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump’s campaign.

Comey acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he’d been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case. He said, “This work is very complex, and there is no way for me to give you a timetable for when it will be done,”

The hearing provided the most extensive public accounting of a matter that has dogged the Trump administration for its first two months and in doing so, it quickly broke along partisan lines. The Democrats pressed for details on the status of the FBI’s investigation, while the Republicans repeatedly focused on news coverage and possible improper disclosures of classified information developed through surveillance operations.

The panel’s ranking head of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff said that the material given to his Committee offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the presidential election. He said in part, “There was circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception. There’s certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation.”

Intelligence officials have said that Russia was behind the theft of DNC emails last summer. The U.S. government later concluded that the Russian government created the DNC hacking in an attempt to influence the outcome of November’s presidential election.

House Committee chairperson, Devin Nunes, said. “For the first time the American people and all the political parties now are paying attention to the threat that Russia poses. We know that the Russians were trying to get involved in our campaign, like they have for many decades. They’re also trying to get involved in campaigns around the globe and in Europe.” He also said, “The committee will also examine whether the Russians were trying to sow doubt in the U.S. electoral system or whether they were trying to help Trump get elected to the White House.”

Nunes and Schiff were among a number of lawmakers who said on Sunday’s news shows they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration ordered wiretaps on Trump during the campaign.

“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No there never was,” Nunes said. “The information we received Friday continues to lead us in that direction.”

Nunes added: “There was no FISA warrant I am aware of to tap Trump Tower.” FISA stands for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which requires investigators to seek a warrant from a secret court to wiretap a foreign suspect.

Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Susan Collins of Maine also said Sunday (March 19th) they had seen no evidence that the Obama administration had placed Trump under surveillance at Trump Tower. Collins encouraged Trump to turn whatever evidence he has of the surveillance over to the congressional intelligence panels looking into the matter.

The president (Trump) repeatedly insisted last week that former president Barack Obama had Trump Tower put under surveillance late last fall. Trump’s claims widened to two of the U.S.’s staunchest allies. He repeated an unsubstantiated claim that Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, the cyber intelligence agency known as the GCHQ, conducted the surveillance at Obama’s request. The agency flatly denied the claim. During Angela Merkel’s first visit to the Trump White House, he also mentioned the Obama administration’s monitoring of Merkel’s cellphone, a bruising incident in German-U.S. relations.

“What the president said was just patently false,” Schiff said of the Trump Tower allegations, “and the wrecking ball it created has now banged into our British allies and our German allies and continuing to grow in terms of damage. And he needs to put an end to this.”

For Trump to put an end to his allegations after having heard the statements of the members of the committee and the evidence of the two witnesses, would be like asking Trump to cut off his nose, a nose which would make Pinocchio’s nose look like a pimple between his eyes and his mouth.

Where did Trump get all his false information from? Did he make them up to further his goal of denouncing Obama because Obama and his wife made a fool of him during the pre-election months? Did he read about them in some newspapers? More importantly, did he do a thorough investigation into the sources that gave him that information?              

Consider how this slimy slug tried to wiggle out of his shit he surrounded himself in. He said on Friday, March 17th, when referring to a Fox News commentator “All we did was quote a certain very talented legal mind. You shouldn’t be talking to me. You should be talking to Fox.”    

Who was the so-called talented legal mind he spoke of? Who in Fox News did he speak with?       

On that Friday, at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump made it clear that he felt that the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for over his baseless claim that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. The slug should have waited until the Committee hearing held on Monday was over before he made that stupid statement.

Although his aides in private conversations since Thursday night had tried to calm British officials who were livid over Trump’s stupid allegation about his claim against their secret service, Trump made clear that he felt the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for. He said his spokesman was simply repeating an assertion made by a Fox News commentator.

OK. Now we know where that damned fool got his information from that his Trump tower had been wiretapped. His source was a news commentator. If that commentator also said that Manhattan had just been bombed with a Russian nuclear bomb, would he have look out of one of his windows first before ordering the United States to bomb Moscow? 

I don’t blame the American citizens for putting that slimy slug into the White House after all, his competitor (Ms. Clinton) garnered more votes than Trump did. I blame those members of the Electoral College. Are they still happy with their choice? If so, they are just as stupid as Donald Trump is.

Can you believe it? This damn fool has the audacity to actually publically announce that he still believes that Obama ordered unauthorized wiretaps on Trump Tower and that the British conducted secret surveillances in the United States.

I will say this to our American cousins. “Many of you voted for this fool.”

I am very concerned that Trump is in the White House and I am also convinced that a great many American citizens are just as concerned as I am. My real fear is that World War Three might actually come about while this man heads for the bunker for protection.

Of course, it is conceivable that he will do something that is illegal and if he does, Congress can turf that slug out of office along with the rest of his close associates. If that happens, then, we can all sigh in great relief.

As to Trump’s credibility, it has gone so far down the toilet; even the Rooter Roter plumber won’t be able to retrieve it.   He would have us believe that he is as honest as the day is long but as each day passes; his honesty seems to disappear bit by bit day by day. 

Trying  to ignore President Trump's never ending  stupid statements is like trying to stop an overflowing toilet. The more times he opens his mouth to speak, more of his feces goes into the toilet and subsequently onto the floor. This is the reason why the breakdown of the trust that was originally given to him has become diluted. 

He is a conspiracy freak who will eventually try to convince even his followers that none of the former presidents were born in the United Sates, that he has spoken to aliens from other planets and that the Earth really is flat. 

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