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The New York Times told the Department of Justice on Monday that it is doing something unusual: Filing a motion asking the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to unseal secret documents related to the wiretapping former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
The motion comes following the release of a declassified memo written by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee that alleges no warrant from the FISC would have been sought without the information within the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.
President Trump declassified the memo last week, and the New York Times argues “there is no longer a justification ‘for the Page warrant orders and application materials to be withheld in their entirety,’ and ‘disclosure would serve the public interest.’”
Remember it was only slightly a year ago Trump was mocked for saying that Obama wiretapped him.
James Comey called him crazy. The media mocked him, and 24/7 called him a liar. Well, now look here we are.
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: burntheships
That's a good idea. Unseal that 60 page fisa request. But should it be revealed 100% with no redactions?
WASHINGTON — American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.
This is misleading. Neither the print nor online version of the article supports Mr. Trump’s accusation that Mr. Obama ordered surveillance on him.
The Times reported that there were intercepted conversations involving Mr. Trump’s associates, but it did not report that they or Mr. Trump were the subject of wiretap orders. To date, The Times has not found evidence of that.
Mr. Trump’s initial accusations specifically targeted Mr. Obama, whom The Times article does not mention. The independent fact-checking website PolitiFact rated Mr. Trump’s assertion False, and The Washington Post awarded the claim Four Pinocchios, its lowest rating, twice.
“The bald assertion that Obama had Trump wiretapped is nowhere supported by the story. That is fiction,” said Jay Rosen, a media critic and professor of journalism at New York University.
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
According to Nunes, he relishes the Dem response, because he apparently has all the underlying facts. Hopefully he can prove himself right.
Under the Protect America Act of 2007, communications that begin or end in a foreign country may be wiretapped by the U.S. government without supervision by the FISA Court.