Blog of Mass Destruction

Here is a typical take from the alternate-facts, right-wing media over something, something, that Susan Rice was alleged to have done. Fox “News”, April 4th…

…it appears that Rice, possibly at the behest of President Obama, collected and distributed classified information about Trump and his associates with the sole purpose of politically damaging the incoming president. 

On April 5th, Donald accused Ms. Rice of having committed a “crime”…

President Trump took aim Wednesday at Susan E. Rice, a national security adviser under President Obama, saying he thinks she committed a crime by using U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on Trump campaign officials.

“I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with The New York Times. “It’s such an important story for our country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time.”

 The newspaper pressed Mr. Trump on whether he thought Ms. Rice broke the law.

“Do I think? Yes, I think,” he responded.

According to the pitiful Devin Nunes, the Trump-servant saw super-secret documents where “unmasking” of Trump associates had occurred. Immediately, the conservative noise machine went into action…and in no time the fake news account became that Susan Rice had busied herself in the transition period “unmasking” names of Trump associates, circulating those names around the intelligence community, all for the purpose of politically damaging the new Trump presidency before it began.

Although in the alternate-reality that is conservative “news”, the Rice “unmasking” snipe-hunt legend will live on….yesterday, CNN reported this….

After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the “unmasking” of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a “massive story.” 
“both Republican and Democratic lawmakers”…”found no evidence”. No evidence of any political “unmasking”, no evidence of anything illegal or even unusual.
What the week-long, Nunes-led, “007”-intrigue-filled smearing of Susan Rice did accomplish was divert main media’s attention away from the FBI’s investigation into Trump campaign-Russian coordination during last year’s election season. And, of course, that was the objective when Devin Nunes announced his late night snipe-hunt had…no kidding…found a snipe.
And that brings us to the most recent and most important bit of news…..news that will be labeled “fake” by the usual suspects by close of business hours today….or avoided altogether. But this is big news
The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

The government’s application for the surveillance order targeting Page included a lengthy declaration that laid out investigators’ basis for believing that Page was an agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, officials said.

Since the 90-day warrant was first issued, it has been renewed more than once by the FISA court, the officials said.

The WAPO piece states that Carter Page is the only Trumper surveilled under a FISA warrant. We’ll see if that assertion holds up. Readers should take in the entire WAPO piece….it’s much more riveting reading than reports on snipe-hunting expeditions.

My guess is that alternative-news of the conservative kind will try to make WAPO’s latest into an “illegal leak” story. There will be many more “deep state” references from Foxians now…and fact-free screeds…and wild-eyed speculations about how “embedded” Obama-ites in the intelligence community are out to get Trump….and how the leak of last July’s FISA warrant information proves their fake news narrative.

But, consider: With this latest revelation, we now know that a former campaign associate of Donald Trump…one who did not leave the Trump campaign until last September…has been under investigation by the FBI since last July for “acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia..”

As Joe Biden so famously put it….that is a big fucking deal.

 

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