Yesterday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer turned a few heads when he answered a question about President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims (that Trump Tower was wiretapped, and that then-President Obama was responsible). “I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election,” Spicer said. “The President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”
So when he said wiretapping, he didn’t literally mean wiretapping? Maybe yes and maybe no.
But according to Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox & Friends this morning, Obama wouldn’t need to wiretap Trump – he could have our allies do it for us.
The Daily Wire reported: While the American Intelligence Community (IC) plays “not us” when it comes to claims that the Obama Administration spied on President Trump (when he was both a candidate and President-elect), Fox News has learned that in order to avoid a paper trail, fingerprints, and pesky little details like the Bill of Rights, President Obama circumvented all of that by requesting the British spy on Trump.
Napolitano dropped this bombshell that could finally help to explain a whole lot, including a January 19 New York Times report about the Obama White House looking at intelligence information based on “wiretaps” (their word, not mine).
To quote from Napolitano: Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice… He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That’s the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them and say ‘President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving Candidate Trump, conversations involving President-Elect Trump,’ [Obama’s] able to get it, and there’s no American fingerprints on this.
During an appearance last night on Fox News, Napolitano went into greater detail to explain exactly how this would work. Basically, our NSA has access to pretty much every phone call. This is how they collect all that metadata. If they wish, however, they “can actually download into digital form the conversations and the texts” and turn it into transcripts. Through our NSA, the British have 24/7 access to that same capability.
When speaking last night, Napolitano only said that this was possible, not that Obama had actually done this. However, that changed this morning when he claimed three Intel sources told him otherwise.
We’ll have to wait to see who these sources are before we jump the gun on this. The New York Times has no problem citing unnamed sources in their hit pieces on Trump – But we’d like to uphold higher standards.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]