Skip to comments.Citing Former Obama Official's Remarks,
Posted on 04/01/2017 3:56:29 PM PDT by Kaslin
Leah wrote about how former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia Evelyn Farkas might have indicated that the Trump team might have been spied on in a March 1 interview with MSNBCs Morning Joe [emphasis mine]:
Farkas responded by admitting her colleagues worked to preserve intelligence on Trumps staff before President Obama left the White House.
Well, I was urging my former colleagues, and, and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can get as much intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves the administration, said Farkas, whos now a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left. So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks if they found out how we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians that they would try to compromise those sources and methods — meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence.
The New York Times also reported how the Obama team worked as quickly as possible to spread such information throughout government before Trumps inauguration. Now, after Farkas remarks, the Trump White House wants Congress to look into the claim (via Fox News):
The White House is asking Congress to dig deeper into whether communications of Trump associates were improperly picked up and disseminated during surveillance operations, after an ex-Obama administration official suggested her former colleagues tried to gather such material.
White House Counsel Don McGahn specifically cited Evelyn Farkas comments in a letter to the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, as he invited lawmakers to view documents that apparently show surveillance of Trump associates during the transition.
Farkas parted ways with the White House in 2015 and defended herself on Twitter, saying she didnt personally give anybody anything except advice on Russia information and wanted Congress to ask for facts.
She also told The Daily Caller she was not involved in circulating any intelligence, saying, I wasnt in government anymore and didnt have access to any.
At left, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; at right, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. (AP)
But even if Farkas was not personally involved with any of the collection, McGahn asked the House committee to look at how such intelligence was gathered.
Left unreported, is how many US govt paychecks this blabbermouth is cashing. You just know, Hill Democrats got bribed, exchanging info to put Farkas on obscure govt payrolls.
(without batting an eyelash) Farkas energetically told MSNBC, I was urging my former colleagues and frankly speaking, the people on the Hill it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people get as much as you can, get as much intelligence as you can before Pres Obama leaves, because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior people who left. So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy that the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their staff........
Significantly, Farkas left the Obama admin in October 2015 and yet she has no problem telling TV viewers she knew what took place in Nov, Dec of 2016.
How does that happen?
Does our government---in secret--- frequently share confidential Eyes Only data with former employees?
You get this impression of Democrat party animals having "Surveillance Summit Galas"..... enjoying catered refreshments and an open bar.....as top secret, classified info is being passed around
The discerning Dems pick and choose Top Secret tidbits to bolster their campaigns.....and to destroy the opposition.
Remember, Farkas left Obama to work for Hillary.
Look at the sleazy resume of Eveleyn "I Spy for Cash" Farkas. She's done nothing but swill at the public trough. Probably cashing quite a few govt pension checks from all that swilling.
As FReeper caww insightfully posted: Most of Obama's appointees knew nothing about the positions they were given (other than pay/perks/pensions). Most were hand-picked factotums from losing Democrat political campaigns....... and had to have the mojo to generate campaign money for future Democrat elections. Their political jobs----flacking Democats....simply continued throughout the time spent in Obamas administration.
Few, if any, of the Obama picks ever served us or our nation...or even know what public service means. The focus of Obama and his Me-First know-nothing appointees, like Farkas, were all about a singular effort:
<><> setting the stage for Democrat elections above anything else:
<><> acquiring, retrieving and inventing information on the opposition,
<><> moving tax revenue offshore via fake front organizations,
<><> embedding Democrats in the judicial and court systems (to make it appear Obama had a "legacy.")
12 Pieces Of Proof: The MSM Knew Obama Spied On Trump and LIED To Cover It Up
By: John Nolte,
March 24, 2017
What I am about to present to you is what really happened. All the proof is linked below, but what I’m about to do is what I call “Revealing the Matrix,” showing you the truth backed by incontrovertible fact and the media’s own words. Not my words. Not President Trump’s words. The media’s words.
We’re gunna cut through all the code, all the spin, all the fog, all the lies, and all the Coordinated Narratives used by our media to obscure Truth.
And we will begin with the beguine
Our national media has known for months that the Obama administration spied on Team Trump. This was not only common knowledge within the media community, it was no secret. In fact, as you’ll see below, for two big reasons, the media was overjoyed that this spying had occurred: (1) they got scoops damaging to Trump, and (2) in their provincial and cultish minds, the very fact that the oh-so pure Obama administration felt the need to spy, could only mean Trump was in bed with Putin.
In fact, the media was actually having a big public party using Obama’s spying. Hoo-hah here’s a scoop! Whee-hee Flynn said this! Woo-woo palace intrigue! Ha-haaah here’s what so-and-so said! Tra-la-la here’s what so-and-so did!
And then on March 4, in a series of tweets that had the exact same effect as political nukes, Trump himself confirmed what the media had already told us, that the Obama administration had spied on him and his team. Trump’s brilliance was focusing on the sleazy and illegal act of the actual spying. And this is when the media realized that all their ha-has and tra-la-las were about to backfire. Their Precious Barry was now at risk, and so the shameless cover up and lying began
Suddenly, right around 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, the conventional wisdom and public knowledge that the Obama administration had spied on Trump, was surrounded by the media’s semantic wagons which were manned by lying journalists armed with hair-splitting. I don’t want to go through all that again, so you can read why Trump told the 100% truth in the first section of this piece. The bottom line, though, is this
Trump accused Obama of spying on him.
Obama did spy on Trump.
The media knew Obama spied on Trump.
The media lied and covered up the fact that Obama spied on Trump.
We know this with absolute certainty because the media itself told us so. And here is all the proof you will ever need to make that case [emphasis mine throughout]
1. Heat Street - November 7, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Granted FISA Warrant Covering Trump Camps Ties To Russia
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 Trumps campaign with ties to Russia.
So let’s stop for a moment to make a couple of things clear. The FBI reports to the Department of Justice, which at the time was run by Obama’s highly politicized Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. The author of this piece, Louise Mensch, despises Trump, and if you’ll look at the publication date, she dropped this supposed bombshell the night before the election, and did so for reasons I should not have to explain.
You are now asking yourselves: Who the hell is Heat Street and how does this prove anything? That’s a fair question, let me answer it this way: As you’ll see below, this report of the Obama administration asking for and receiving a surveillance warrant to monitor Team Trump is confirmed by a number of other MSM sources.
Moreover, no less than The New York Times re-published this information as recently as last weekend.
2. The Guardian January 11, 2017
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. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.
The left-wing Guardian not only reported that the Obama administration sought a surveillance warrant, but that it was specifically requested to “monitor four members of the Trump team.” This was the summer request, as reported by Heat Street, that was turned down.
3. The New York Times January 12, 2017
In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the governments 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.
This is the most important piece of the puzzle, because it explains how the media was getting all of its scoops via leaks via surveillance. Moreover, it explains how the media knew it was getting all these scoops via leaks via surveillance.
If you are not the target of the surveillance, if your name is not on the FISA warrant, if you are “incidentally” picked up in surveillance, in order to protect your privacy as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment, the government is required by law to mask or blackout your name in its reports.
Just before running out the door, the Obama administration unilaterally changed the law in a way that allowed surveillance intel to be disseminated throughout all 16 national security agencies “before applying privacy protections” and this includes surveillance picked up by the NSA, which is “largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws[.]”
Let me explain what happens ...
Hoo-ha, lookie-lookie at what we “incidentally” picked up at Trump Tower. But thanks to Precious Barry, I don’t have to black out this “incidental juiciness” before I send it out to 16 whole agencies. Golly gee, now that we can spread this far and wide without masking all the “incidental juiciness,” I sure hope it doesnt end up in the hands of someone Obama appointee who likes all those tweets Jake Tapper sends out kissing the Intelligence Community’s ass.
Hey, if anyone has another theory for why the Obama administration would make such a change just as the Trump administration was coming in, I’m all ears.
But you don’t. Because there is no other theory. The only reason to authorize the spreading far and wide of these “incidental” names is to better the chances of Trump-related leaks to the hostile media.
Not to get too far off track, but welcome to a banana republic where secret and unlawful surveillance is leaked to the public for partisan purposes.
4. The BBC January 17, 2017
Lawyers from the National Security Division in the Department of Justice then drew up an application. They took it to the secret US court that deals with intelligence, the Fisa court, named after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. They wanted permission to intercept the electronic records from two Russian banks.
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.
Neither Mr Trump nor his associates are named in the Fisa order, which would only cover foreign citizens or foreign entities in this case the Russian banks. But ultimately, the investigation is looking for transfers of money from Russia to the United States, each one, if proved, a felony offence.
A lawyer outside the Department of Justice but familiar with the case told me that three of Mr. Trump’s associates were the subject of the inquiry. “But it’s clear this is about Trump,” he said.
The left-wing BBC not only backs up the Heat Street reporting but publishes the news that “three of Trump’s associates” were part of this surveillance operation.
5. McClatchy - January 18, 2017
The agencies involved in the inquiry are the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Departments Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and representatives of the director of national intelligence, the sources said.
A key mission of the six-agency group has been to examine who financed the email hacks of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The London-based transparency group WikiLeaks released the emails last summer and in October.
The working group is scrutinizing the activities of a few Americans who were affiliated with Trumps campaign or his business empire and of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations.
The BBC reported that the FBI had obtained a warrant on Oct. 15 from the highly secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court allowing investigators access to bank records and other documents about potential payments and money transfers related to Russia. One of McClatchys sources confirmed the report.
“Americans associated with Trump[.]”
Even after eight years of Obama, two plus two still equals four.
6. The New York Times - Jan 19, 2017
Print headline: “Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides”
The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Departments financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.
The Obama administration is investigating Trump.
The White House is looking at intelligence based on “wiretapped communications.”
This is The New York Times, y’all. This is the secular media’s Bible, their Gaia, their Sacrament of all that is Right and True, and that Bible laid it all out in the exact same language used by Trump.
7. The Washington Post - February 9, 2017
Headline: “National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say”
National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that countrys ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said.
Flynns communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremlin that it could expect a reprieve from sanctions that were being imposed by the Obama administration in late December to punish Russia for its alleged interference in the 2016 election.
The Washington Post says it loud and says it proud that the month prior to Trump taking office, the Obama administration listened to Flynn’s phone calls. It should be added that the report also says that Flynn said nothing unethical or wrong.
Maybe the FISA warrant targeted the Russian ambassador. Nevertheless, once Flynn’s name was unmasked, disseminated and publicly leaked, at least two felonies had occurred and incidental (yeah, right) or not, once all that happened, what the Obama administration did is called SPYING.
Let’s also add to the mix the juicy fact that several members of the Obama administration had access to this unmasked information about Flynn.
8. CNN - February 14, 2017
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius cited a single “senior U.S. government official” while reporting that “Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials as well as other measures in retaliation for the hacking.”
Last Thursday, The Post cited “nine current and former officials” in a story headlined “National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say.”
The New York Times quickly matched the story and said there was a transcript of the discussions.
The chronology suggests that some officials in the government sought to alert the public to Flynn’s contacts by leaking to the press.
This is CNN, the same network that for three weeks now has smeared Trump as a liar over his claim Obama spied on him and yet, this very same CNN is seen here celebrating the fact that Mike Flynn was taken down by read closely now the Obama administration intercepting Flynn’s phone calls, including a possible TRANSCRIPT.
Riddle me this, CNN: How did the Obama administration get a transcript of a phone call from a member of Trump’s team, a team that was working out of Trump Tower? I mean, other than a wiretap?
Two more questions: Was Flynn’s name on the FISA warrant? And if not, why didnt the Obama administration mask his name, as required by law?
Either way, what we have here is CNN not only reporting that the Obama administration spied on Team Trump, but GLOATING over the fact that Obama’s spying resulted in a scalp.
And then, just three weeks later, CNN would call Trump a liar for believing what? CNN’s reporting!
9. NBC News - February 10, 2017
A U.S. intelligence official briefed on the matter confirmed to NBC News that National Security Advisor Mike Flynn discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Flynn took office[.]
The official said he was told there was no quid pro quo and that there has been no finding inside the government that Flynn did anything illegal.
Flynn spoke to Kislyak on Dec. 29, the same day the sanctions were announced.
NBC News obviously knew the Obama administration was listening to Team Trump phone calls.
10. The Associated Press - February 13, 2017
Two people familiar with the situation say the Justice Department warned the Trump administration about Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russia.
One of the people says the Justice Department told the administration there was a discrepancy between what the White House was saying publicly about Flynn’s contacts and the facts of what occurred.
The Associated Press knew the Obama administration had listened to Flynn’s calls.
11. ABC News - February 13, 2017
Embattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn called Vice President Mike Pence Friday to apologize for misleading him about a conversation with the Russian ambassador to the United States, according to a senior White House official.
ABC News knew the Obama administration had listened to Flynn’s calls.
12. CBS News - February 10, 2017
Investigators believe that President Trumps national security adviser, Michael Flynn, privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia in a phone call with a Russian official, law enforcement sources told CBS News on Friday.
Multiple sources told CBS News Jeff Pegues and Pat Milton that the conversation occurred before Mr. Trump took office and, if true, could be a violation of protocol and could be viewed as a violation of the law.
CBS News knew the Obama administrations had listened to Flynn’s calls.
I could go on and on so I hope I’ve made my point and closed my case. The evidence is so overwhelming that by now your eyes are probably glazed over and you mind is screaming Enough already!
Way back in January, Heat Street, The Guardian, The BBC, and McClatchy all confirmed that he Obama administration sought and/or received surveillance warrants aimed at Team Trump.
Way back in January, The New York Times reported that the Obama White House was looking at wiretap intelligence related to Trump.
Way back in February, The Washington Post, CNN, the Associated Press, NBC News, CBS News, and ABC News all gleefully reported on private telephone calls that were surveilled by the Obama administration and then illegally made public to the media.
Then, In March, just weeks after all of this reporting on the awesomeness of Obama-era surveillance warrants and intercepted phone calls
Despite their own knowledge, despite their own reporting, despite the words they publicly printed and the words they publicly spoke, every single one of these news outlets declared Trump a liar for the sin of what ?
For the sin of believing the same people now smearing him as a liar
These officials told the New York Times the Obama administration-----after the November election----had "scrambled" to spread information within government about Russian election meddling and possible ties between Trump aides and Russians.
These startling comments almost duplicated those of Evelyn Farkas.
YOUTUBE VIDEO: "Evelyn Farkas On Morning Joe Admits She Helped Spy On Trump For Obama" Mika introduce Evelyn Farkas as Farkas' nods her head in agreement to everything Mika was saying.
MIKA: "And then, Evelyn Farkas, the other big story of the day, you actually knew about this, uh, attempt to get and preserve this information; and (full transparently) doing some work yourself. Tell us about that."
FARKAS LAUNCHES INTO AN ENERGETIC DESCRIPTION OF HER STARTLING ACTIVITIES: Farkas energetically tells Mika/MSNBC, I was urging my former colleagues and frankly speaking, the people on the Hill it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people get as much as you can, get as much intelligence as you can before Pres Obama leaves, because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior people who left. So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy that the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their staff........
Mika's only reaction to hearing a "former" govt official was an accessory to conspiracy and collusion?
"A lot going on there."
Again, Farkas nods in agreement.
Farkas NEVER once admitted that at the time of these outrageous activities, she was working for Hillary's campaign.
A picture is emerging of a “cool president” for public consumption who possesses a deep-seated paranoia in private.
Nixon acted irrationally as he faced reelection....and Obama’s insecurities surfaced as he watched his third term (in the person of Hillary) crater into a sinkhole.
Spying on political opponents is a reliable sign of Obama’s paranoia.
Surveillance and intel is readily available to a president....and Obama seems to have used these freely.
Great find.Thanks for posting
Honestly, I find this all very hard to follow as far as who did what to whom and why.
Good post, thanks.
hang around.....it’ll become abundantly clear.....
Just a thought, not only would the expansion to sixteen agencies allow the chance for more leaking—it would also make it more difficult to track down WHO was leaking.
Excellent article by Bruce Bialosky
Explains it thusly: “collusion and conspiracy by the Obama administration and members of the security apparatus of this country to illegally spread innuendo and lies about the Trump campaign and transition team.”
“The Obamaslobs hoped by doing this, they’d damage Trump’s efforts to overturn Obamas policies and turn back the atrocity of ‘progressivism’....which is the expansion of the federal regulatory state and of globalism on a massive scale.”
Also, would be gratified to hear that somebody working for Trump has started reviewing and revoking old security clearances. It's probably happening, since they caught that one State Dept spy, but there are probably thousands.
Hello, Mr. Obama? Is there anything YOU’D like to say? Hello? Hello?...Operator, I think my party was cut off...or something...
Which of these two bimbos will be the first one to fold to say Obama was the big felon behind the plan? Popcorn please! She might be able to get 10 years dropped from her sentence by singing like a canary.
I love your before and after picture. We want one of Hussein showing the same expression as he is arrested.
Never forget, liberals really are this stupid
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