Is the tide in the “Trump wiretap” story beginning to turn? House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) says that he has seen documents proving that several members of the Trump team had been recorded on phone calls and that their names were “unmasked” in government transcripts. This revelation would all but prove President Trump right on the issue of whether or not he and his campaign had been spied on.
Famed “Watergate” reporter Bob Woodward, who has uncovered criminality in the Executive Branch in the past argued on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor that if Nunes is right, then some members of the Obama administration could be in some major trouble. Woodward explained that by unmasking the names of Trump team members and then passing around their taped conversations someone in the intelligence community committed a “gross violation” and they should have been called out for it.
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“It is not what Trump said [about the wiretap], but apparently what has happened here is a couple of diplomats who can be legitimately wiretapped, were talking about meeting with Trump or people on his transition team — and of course you can learn all kinds of things from diplomats gossiping, because that is what occurs. Under the rules –and they’re pretty strict– you are supposed to, it is called minimization, you don’t name the American person who is being discussed.
But the idea that there was intelligence value here is really thin. It’s, again, down the middle, it is not what Trump said, but this could be criminal on the part of people who decided, oh, let’s name these people. Under the rules, that name is supposed to be blanked out, and so you’ve got a real serious problem potentially of people in the Obama administration passing around this highly classified gossip.”
Woodward is right, if Nunes can prove that this happened, someone in the Obama adminsitration will end up paying the price. However, he’s wrong about the information gathered being important. It’s not about what was heard, it’s the fact that someone was listening at all. How dangerous and worrisome is it that the government was spying on a political opponent as they ran for office? This could be a turning point, if our intelligence community is willing to be accomplice to such disgusting behavior we are just one step from living in a corrupt dictatorship. There is more at stake in this investigation than President Trump’s reputation or a few years in prison for the rebel mole in the Obama intelligence community. The fate of our nation and our Constitutional rights hang in the balance.