may be true thatPresident
with Russia and was so good at covering it up he’s managed
to outwit our best intel and media minds who've searched for
irrefutable evidence for two years. (We still await special
there’s a growing appearance of alleged wrongdoing equally
as insidious, if not more so, because it implies widespread
misuse of America’s intelligence and law enforcement
Here are eight signs pointing to a counterintelligence
operation deployed against Trump for political reasons.
operation reportedly had at least one code namethat
was leakedto The New York Times:
surveillance was conducted on no fewer than seven Trump
associates: chief strategist Stephen Bannon; lawyer Michael
Cohen; national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn;
adviser and son-in-lawJared
Kushner; campaign chairmanPaul
Manafort; and campaign foreign policy
advisers Carter Page andGeorge
applied fora secret warrant in June
2016 to monitor Manafort, Page, Papadopoulos and Flynn. If
true, it means the FBI targeted Flynn six months before his
much-debated conversation with Russia’s ambassador, Sergey
FBI applied four times to wiretap Page after he became a
Trump campaign adviser starting in July 2016. Page’s office
is connected to Trump Tower and hereports
having spent“many hours in Trump
reported that Manafort was wiretapped before and after the
election “including during a period when Manafort was known
to talk to President Trump.” Manafort reportedly has a
residence in Trump Tower.
surveillance was used tolisten
inon three Trump transition
officials in Trump Tower — Flynn, Bannon and Kushner — as
they met in an official capacity with the United Arab
Emirates’ crown prince.
FBI also reportedlywiretappedFlynn’s
phone conversation with Kislyak on Dec. 31, 2016, as part of
“routine surveillance” of Kislyak.
Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney, was wiretapped. NBC latercorrectedthe
story, saying Cohen was the subject of a “pen register” used
to monitor phone numbers and, possibly, internet
controversial tool reportedly used by the FBI to obtain
phone records and other documents in the investigation were
national security letters, which bypass judicial approval.
use of such letters has been an ongoing theme at the FBI.Reviewsby
the Department of Justice’sInspector
Generalfound widespread misuse
under Mueller — who was then FBI director — and said
officials failed to report instances of abuses as required.
— identifying protected names of Americans captured by
government surveillance — was frequently deployed by at
least four top Obama officials who have subsequentlyspokenoutagainstPresident
Clapper, former Director of National
Power, former U.S. Ambassador to the United
Nations; Susan Rice, former national security adviser;Sally
Yates, former deputy attorney general.
of Americans caught communicating with monitored foreign
targets must be “masked,” or hidden within government
agencies, so the names cannot be misused or shared.
it’s been revealed that Powermade
near-dailyunmasking requests in
to that revelation, Clapper claimed ignorance. When asked if
he knew of unmasking requests by any ambassador, including
Power, he testified: “I don't know. Maybe it's ringing a
vague bell but I'm not — I could not answer with any
admitted to asking for unmasked names of U.S. citizens in
intelligence reports after initially claiming no knowledge
of any such thing.
torequesting the unmasking of “Mr.
Trump, his associates or any members of Congress.” Clapper
and Yates admitted they alsopersonallyreviewedunmasked
documents and shared unmasked material with other officials.
Dec. 15, 2016 — the same day the government listened in on
Trump officials at Trump Tower — Rice reportedly unmasked
the names of Bannon, Kushner and Flynn. And Clapper made a
new rule allowing the National Security Agency to widely
disseminate surveillance material within the government
without the normal privacy protections.
Brennanand Clapper, two of
the most integral intel officials in this ongoing
controversy, have joined national news organizations where
they have regular opportunities to shape the news narrative
— including on the very issues under investigation.
reportedly secretly leaked salacious political opposition
research against Trump to CNN in fall 2017 and later was
hired as a CNN political analyst. In February, Brennan washired
as a paid analystfor MSNBC.
been a steady and apparently orchestrated campaign of leaks
— some true, some false, but nearly all of them damaging to
President Trump’s interests.
few of the notable leaks include word that Flynn was
wiretapped, the anti-Trump “Steele dossier” of political
opposition research, then-FBI DirectorJames
Comeybriefing Trump on it,
private Comey conversations with Trump, Comey’s memos
recording those conversations and criticizing Trump, the
subpoena of Trump’s personal bank records (which proved
false) and Flynn planning to testify against Trump (which
also proved to be false).
informants and snoops
one-time CIA operative Stefan Halper in 2016 as an informant
to spy on Trump officials.
player is Comey friend Daniel Richman, a Columbia University
law professor, who leaked Comey’s memos against Trump to The
New York Times after Comey was fired. We later learned that
for the FBIunder a status called
“Special Government Employee.”
FBI used former reporter Glenn Simpson, his political
opposition research firm Fusion GPS, and ex-British spy
Christopher Steele to compile allegations against Trump,
largely from Russian sources, which were distributed to the
press and used as part of wiretap applications.
eight features of a counterintelligence operation are only
the pieces we know. It can be assumed there’s much we don’t
yet know. And it may help explain why there’s so much
material that the Department of Justice hasn’t easily handed
over to congressional investigators.
is an Emmy-award winning investigative journalist, author
of The New York Times bestsellers “The Smear” and
“Stonewalled,” and host of Sinclair’s Sunday TV program, “Full