The tweet over the weekend by President Trump suggesting that Obama bugged him dominated the news this weekend. Reporters were quick to say Trump lit into his advisors before he left for Palm Beach. They giddily trumpeted this. CNN even had a video:
Frankly this doesn’t seem that terrible to me. Looks like another instance of the media wanting to push a meme that Trump is an out of control angry meglomaniac who doesn’t know what he’s doing and that his administration is in chaos.
Was Trump acting rashly by writing that “unsubstantiated” tweet? Was he foolish or is something else going on?
John Hayward at Breitbart posited this:
It’s possible one reason Trump issued his explosive tweets on surveillance was to make everyone put up or shut up. That might already be working, as some of the more aggressive dealers in unsubstantiated innuendo are suddenly admitting they don’t have any actual evidence. There can’t be any hard evidence if Trump is super-duper wrong about Obama administration surveillance.
Until now, Democrats and their media have been pleased to create the impression that all kinds of wiretapping operations were conducted against the Trump campaign, uncovering many scandalous, possibly illegal connections. Only by reading those articles carefully does one discover the sources are highly speculative and the evidence is thin at best.
[…] Whatever President Trump’s intentions were in using Twitter to touch off this firestorm, one of the immediate effects has been letting the gas out of all those speculative Trump stories. The Democratic media is now furiously working to prove all of its own previous coverage of the Trump-Russia allegations was little more than idle speculation, every bit as lacking in hard evidence as Trump’s accusation that Obama was tapping his phones.
After months of unfounded allegations and badly sourced speculation intended to cripple his administration, maybe Trump wanted to prove that only one side of the partisan divide is permitted to make “wild allegations.” Obama’s plants in the Deep State can leak whatever they please, law and truth be damned. They can get an avalanche of hostile coverage moving with a few phone calls or emails. The media feels no contrition when the story turns out to be exaggerated or completely false, eagerly turning to the same Obama holdovers as sources for the next big phony scoop.
No one on Trump’s team, including the president himself, is allowed to reciprocate in kind. We are meant to feel bottomless outrage that Trump would level unsubstantiated allegations against Obama, but apparently, Obama’s minions can launch a constant barrage of unsubstantiated allegations against Trump.
Intentionally or accidentally, Trump just forced the press to admit how weak the bulk of those allegations were.
But what about this weekend when former DNI chief James Clapper denied any wiretapping and FBI Director James Comey – not through a direct quote but through a surrogate to the New York Times – also refuted any wiretapping.
Clapper is a known liar who told Congress in 2013 that the NSA did not collect data on citizens, a claim even they knew was false. His words are worthless.
But why did Comey refute?
Blog readers had different answers.
“IMHO Comey is the one who told Trump about the tapping, as it wasn’t the FBI who ordered it, but the DoJ. That’s why he’s asking the DoJ to refute the claims, not the FBI, so as not to incriminate his organization,” said one.
At the American thinker blog a writer says, “So Comey wanted a denial from outside the bureau to avoid the charge that any rejection of the Trump wiretapping allegation was self-serving.
“DoJ has so far failed to issue a statement of denial, which is not surprising, given the political hot potato Comey has dropped into their lap. The career employees at Justice are passing the buck on taking responsibility for a denial while the political appointees for the Department are being blocked by Senate Democrats from taking office. Quite literally, there’s no one at Justice who wants the job of placing the department on the record that no such wiretapping took place.”
And yet another reader’s plausible explanation for all the events:
“I think that the former AG and her Deputy, Sally Yates, went through the NSA in terms of the FISA request. Comey is telling us the truth that neither he nor the FBI was involved with any of it. I think when Michael Rogers met with our President on November 18th, he was there to inform the President Elect that he and the folks at the NSA were responsible for all types of surveillance on him. He decided to come clean and let the President know that he had absolutely no choice because the AG through the President (Obama) wanted this. I think President Trump thanked him for the info and asked him to remain quiet about it.”
Rick Moran at American thinker adds:
So Comey wanted a denial from outside the bureau to avoid the charge that any rejection of the Trump wiretapping allegation was self-serving.
DoJ has so far failed to issue a statement of denial, which is not surprising, given the political hot potato Comey has dropped into their lap. The career employees at Justice are passing the buck on taking responsibility for a denial while the political appointees for the Department are being blocked by Senate Democrats from taking office. Quite literally, there’s no one at Justice who wants the job of placing the department on the record that no such wiretapping took place.
Comey has managed to get both sides angry at him over the past year. He failed to recommend indicting Hillary Clinton but then re-opened the investigation just days before the election. Is this request for a statement a “betrayal” of Trump, as Drudge suggests in his headline (“Comey Turns on Trump”)? It is if you believe liberals who think Comey was in Trump’s corner during the campaign. Otherwise, this is an attempt by Comey to cover his own – and the FBI’s – ass in the wiretapping matter.
We knew when Trump won the election that our side was going to be in for a big fight with Obama remnants and the Deep State. It was never going to be easy to dislodge them or that they would go without using every trick they could to hurt our side.
No one needs to be discourage by all this. It’s the only way to drain the swamp.