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CLAIM: Comey Asked Justice To Deny Trump Wiretap Allegations

Monday, March 6, 2017 5:15
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Via the "http://www.redstate.com//feed/https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-seeks-inquiry-into-allegations-that-obama-tapped-his-phones.html"
target="_blank">New York Times
:

The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice
Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s
assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr.
Trump’s phones, senior American officials said on Sunday. Mr. Comey
has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be
corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such
statement.

Mr. Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump
leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the
Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely
insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.

A spokesman for the F.B.I. declined to comment. Sarah Isgur
Flores, the spokeswoman for the Justice Department, also declined
to comment.

A statement by the Justice Department or Mr. Comey refuting Mr.
Trump’s allegations would be a remarkable rebuke of a sitting
president, putting the nation’s top law enforcement officials in
the position of questioning the truthfulness of the government’s
top leader. The situation underscores the high stakes of what the
president and his aides have set out by accusing the former
president of a conspiracy to undermine Mr. Trump’s young
administration.

Three things immediately jump out of this. First is the
sourcing. I am at sort of a loss to know what to make of it. I have
been reading newspapers for a long time and I have to admit being
more than a little unclear on what the attribution “senior American
officials” means here. Ordinarily they would be “department,”
“agency,” or “administration” officials. I did a quick Google
search and it is used as a source very sparingly and almost
universally when there could be some confusion about the
nationality of the officials quoted. My guess is that the sources
are former Obama appointees who retired and who are still on the
federal payroll to use their accrued leave or Obama appointees who
are still employed by the Trump administration.

Secondly, the allegation that Comey is allegedly objecting to is
that Obama ordered the tapping of Trump’s phones. This is
the cute dodge being used everywhere to ignore the very serious
implications of a counterintelligence operation being run by an
administration to target a candidate for president and his
campaign.

Third. Does this story sound reasonable to you? Who, exactly,
did Comey think he was going to get in Justice, when it is
literally one-Trump-appointee deep, to "2017-03-05T22:01:36+00:00">carry out a kamikaze mission
issue a statement contradicting the president. DOJ has never
suffered a lack of cretins but this would be an exceptional
find.

So count me skeptical on this count. But let’s look ahead at
something that makes a lot more sense:

The White House showed no indication that it would back down
from Mr. Trump’s claims. On Sunday, the president demanded a
congressional inquiry into whether Mr. Obama had abused the power
of federal law enforcement agencies before the 2016 presidential
election. In a statement from his spokesman, Mr. Trump called
“reports” about the wiretapping “very troubling” and said that
Congress should examine them as part of its investigations into
Russia’s meddling in the election.

Along with concerns about the potential attacks on the bureau’s
credibility, senior F.B.I. officials are said to be worried that
the notion of a court-approved wiretap will raise the public’s
expectations that the federal authorities have significant evidence
implicating the Trump campaign in colluding with Russia’s efforts
to disrupt the presidential election.

The second paragraph here, apparently sourced to the nebulous
“senior American officials” based on their knowledge of the
feelings of “senior FBI officials,” makes sense if there was a
wiretap. I think there is already a fairly high expectation on the
part of the public that the feds have significant evidence linking
members of the Trump campaign to Russian intelligence because
Clapper and Brennan have basically been saying that since November.
And if this turns out to be a nothingburger the intelligence
community and the FBI are going to take a major hit to their
credibility. But they should have thought that through before they
signed on the public campaign to discredit Trump.

It the report is true, Comey will get a chance to make his case
to House and Senate investigators and no-harm-no-foul. If a
counterintelligence operation was carried out targeting Trump’s
campaign, well, he’ll get a chance to explain that, too.

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