Kea wrote:Hold on there.
1. Has it been confirmed that the FBI got a warrant to wiretap Trump? All I've heard is that if they spied on him, they would've had to get a warrant. Not that they actually did it.
2. If the FBI had been wiretapping Trump during the campaign, Comey had to have known about it, so why did he do cartwheels to prove he was Tough On Clinton knowing that it would help a suspected Russia collaborator? Comey may be a lot of things, but if he's a stooge of Putin, America has way bigger problems than Trump.
2. How do you know Trump isn't manufacturing a fake scandal out of some Breitbart fever dream as a distraction? If he demands an investigation into Obama, he'll give his accomplices in Congress an excuse to drag the Democrats through a years-long pointless Benghazi-style inquiry
Confirmed, no (Comey is simply denying that Obama ordered a tap). More of leaked. The first request was apparently made last summer and was turned down: "The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus." It was supposedly granted in October: "Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia." It may well be that the hack at Breitbart who wrote the Obama story which Trump read had heard about one or both of these stories and switched the facts around to make it about Obama (always safe in that office).
As for manufacturing a scandal? He probably believes the Breitbart report that Obama ordered a tap. It may come as a rude shock that there was a tap and it was actually ordered by a counter-espionage court based on probable cause. It certainly came as a rude shock to his fellow travelers on the Hill; they can hardly try to bury it in committee now, and whether Trump's delusional or suspected of espionage (or both) it won't look good.
As for Comey, it would suffice for him to be a stooge of the Republicans. Either way we're doomed.
edit: I missed one. From the BBC: "Their first application, in June, was rejected outright by the judge. They returned with a more narrowly drawn order in July and were rejected again. Finally, before a new judge, the order was granted, on 15 October, three weeks before election day." It seems hooking the campaign's computer up to Alfa bank (and possible another) came back to haunt them.