James Clapper – who, like the device named after him, switches back and forth with incredible ease – admitted to CNN that, yeeeeeeah, “it’s possible” that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the Obama Administration. But he can’t really say one way or the other whether those wiretaps might have picked up Trump’s voice – because, after all, what are the odds that Trump might have talked to his campaign manager during the campaign? Hey, stuff happens! Whattaya gonna do? Clapper claims he never saw the FISA warrants requesting those wiretaps (for national security purposes only, of course). Sure, why would he have seen them? He was only Obama’s Director of National Security for over six years.
I have a throw rug that’s spent less time lying in my living room than James Clapper. Every time I see him on my TV, he’s giving us a new story that contradicts the last one. His adamant denial of any wiretapping of the Trump campaign was cited by both the media and Obama himself to deride Trump as a liar, fool and narcissist. And now, oops! Look like his campaign was wiretapped, after all.
There’s a very good chance this is only the tip of the iceberg of the corruption of the intelligence system under Obama, and of its weaponizing to target political opponents. And it’s still going on to this day: did you know that the FBI not only raided Manifort’s house and ransacked it for “evidence,” despite him never being accused of any crime, they also reportedly “searched his wife for weapons” at gunpoint, even though she was in her nightgown after they woke her up out of bed.
More and more, the so-called “Russian collusion investigation” is looking like a bottomless fishing expedition in which Javert-like government agents are desperately attempting to justify their existence by harassing and pressuring their targets to turn against Trump. Maybe because they expected Hillary to win and continue the abuses and cover-ups, and now they're terrified of exposure. It’s the type of blatant abuse of the legal and intelligence system, and undermining of a legitimately-elected President, that one might expect to see under a South American banana republic. It has no place in the United States of America.
But, but, but…Manafort might have talked to a Russian at some point! That’s not a justification for allowing the Constitution to be flushed down the toilet. And it wasn’t only Trump: they also spied on Congress members and reporters, like Sheryl Attkisson, James Rosen and who knows who else? In a case of what I'd call "implausible deniability," Obama’s own Intelligence Director claims he didn’t know. Or at least, that’s what he claims this week (“Clap on, clap off! The Clapper!”)
If Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) were serious about rooting out corrupt government factions that attempted to illegally interfere in the 2016 election, then they would be calling for a full-scale investigation of the growing surveillance scandal under Obama. I will not be holding my breath for that.
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