I like the part when our dictator has his security guard shout down the press for asking a question that Trump can't answer. I'm assuming this reporter will now be banned, like those from the other news organizations that report Trump's "fake news".

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Trump security guard shouts down reporter demanding evidence of wiretapping claim

None was forthcoming.

Two days after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he’s willing to subpoena the FBI and DOJ to get whatever information they have about President Trump’s accusation that former President Obama wiretapped him, a reporter tried to ask Trump if he has any evidence to support his claim.

At the end of Trump’s Friday meeting with House Republican leaders about Trumpcare, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl repeatedly tried to ask Trump for proof. He was ignored.

According to the White House pool report, a short time later, “[o]ne of Trump’s personal security men entered the Roosevelt Room from a door behind the pool and began yelling loudly for us to clear out.” Subsequent chatter in the room was “inaudible over the yelling of the security man and a bevy of final camera shutter sounds.”

The New York Times’ Julie Davis subsequently identified the “security man” as Kevin Schiller, Trump’s former private security director who now works as deputy assistant to the president and his director of Oval Office operations.

In January, Politico reported that Schiller “has worked with Trump since 1999, when the real estate mogul hired him as a part-time bodyguard. He now leads his private security force, a group that recently drew some scrutiny when POLITICO reported that Trump had opted to continuing using it after the election.”

“The Secret Service traditionally takes full control of managing security around presidents-elect and presidents, with local police sometimes assisting at public events,” Politico added. “According to experts, such an arrangement is unprecedented in recent history; some former officials raised concerns that the mix of private security officials and Secret Service agents could increase confusion, liability and risk in general.”

Trump should be able to provide evidence for his wiretapping claim — after all, he framed the accusation as fact when he first made it last Saturday.

But in the six days since, Trump and his team have provided no support for his allegation, which appears to be based on an unsubstantiated Breitbart report he read that morning. Both Obama and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have said there’s nothing to it.

On Monday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump’s claim was actually based on classified intelligence. But in addition to Clapper’s denial, FBI Director James Comey reportedly “asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones.”

Trump claims he was wiretapped. If he’s right, it could be his undoing.

It would suggest a FISA court found probable cause linking his campaign to Russian officials.
“Comey has argued that the highly charged claim is false and must be corrected, [senior American officials] said, but the department has not released any such statement,” the New York Times reported on Sunday. “Comey, who made the request on Saturday after Mr. Trump leveled his allegation on Twitter, has been working to get the Justice Department to knock down the claim because it falsely insinuates that the F.B.I. broke the law, the officials said.”

During his news conference on Friday, Karl asked Press Secretary Sean Spicer if Trump will apologize if no evidence of wiretapping is found.

“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Spicer said. “I think it’s important to see where that goes and I don’t want to pre-judge.”

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Spicer and other Trump aides were grappling with “what amounts to a strategic political retreat — trying to publicly validate Mr. Trump’s suspicions without overtly endorsing a claim some of them believe might have been generated by Breitbart News and other far-right outlets.”

“Over the weekend, aides to Mr. Trump decided the only real solution to the presidential Twitter posts was to kick the allegations to Congress,” the Times reported. They’ve done that, but on Wednesday, Graham indicated that the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to call the president’s bluff.
A reporter named Sara Carter from Circa News was on Fox explaining that she is digging into a story where the Obama administration actually was looking into a server that was not inside the Trump Tower but was registered to Trump. The first warrant produced no evidence of any collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russians . So that investigation ended pretty fast. That could be what Trump was talking about. He jumped the gun before they had all the facts. Then they got another warrant through FISA and she doesn't have enough information on that one . That one was looking into the whole Russian hacking investigation. Then just days before leaving office Obama expanded the power of the national security agency to share intercepted personal information with 16 other intelligence agency's before applying any privacy protection thus insuring the leaks. She reported that US officials who spoke on anonymity report wide spread frustration and have watched in horror as the news media and politicians who have no clue about what they talking about are distorting the process for their own gain . She is going to keep digging . But Obama's hand appears to be tied to the whole mess.
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Obama having someone wiretapped would be illegal. So, assuming that he wouldn't risk that after eight years in office, I see two scenarios:

1. a wiretap was requested and approved through the proper channels, meaning that there was justification for it. That looks bad for Trump.

2. There was no wiretap, and Trump is a moron. That also looks bad for Trump.

And finally, what does 'wiretap' even mean? Nobody uses landlines any more. What was being tapped?
Roger Stone had communications with hackers who hacked the DNC. He even tweeted about Podesta before Wikileaks made the emails public. He admitted to giving Wikileaks info as well.
There was an unusual amount of computer server communications from Russia to Trump's offsite server as well as to DeVos' server.
Flynn was paid a half a million dollars by Turkey, working for a foreign government.
I could go on about Manafort, Kushner, etc. Did president loco ever consider they were the ones being tapped, if in fact any wiretapping occurred? You lay down with dogs you get fleas.
Stinky Pete wrote:Obama having someone wiretapped would be illegal. So, assuming that he wouldn't risk that after eight years in office, I see two scenarios:

1. a wiretap was requested and approved through the proper channels, meaning that there was justification for it. That looks bad for Trump.

2. There was no wiretap, and Trump is a moron. That also looks bad for Trump.

And finally, what does 'wiretap' even mean? Nobody uses landlines any more. What was being tapped?

Whatever helps you sleep at night. I hope they keep investigating until we know the truth where ever it leads.
The White House shuts out the press for remainder of the week as President Coward goes into hiding
Mar 09, 2017 5:34pm EST by Jen Hayden

Republican members of Congress aren’t the only ones hiding out from the media and constituents. Donald Trump is so incapable of answering even the most basic questions about health care and foreign policy, not to mention his own accusations of illegal wiretapping, that his handlers have closed off his events to the press this week. From CNN:

President Donald Trump has canceled multiple open press events this week, opting not to let reporters into the room to ask questions.

The moves have allowed the president to avoid questions about a litany of issues, including the Wikileaks CIA dump and Trump's accusation -- made without evidence -- that former President Obama had wiretapped him in Trump Tower.

Their excuse for not allowing the press was as weak as this president:

White House deputy press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the cancellations "were game time decisions" made by her.

"I determined the rooms were too full to accommodate press and equipment," she told CNNMoney. "I'm sure many of your colleagues could attest to this AM's spray and how packed the room was."

And if you believe that, Trump has some ocean property in Arizona to sell you. Maybe they could, I don’t know, find a bigger room? Ask the other living presidents how they managed to do such things with the Free Press present? Sounds as if his staff thinks they can hide him away, send out a barrage of press releases of Dear Leaders great work and then prop him back up and change the subject with a Donald Trump 2020 campaign rally in Tennessee next week.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked twice about the Nashville event at a Thursday briefing with media but declined to discuss details, instead directing questions to the campaign.

It’s noteworthy that Trump’s only appearances outside of D.C. have been in Florida, South Carolina and now Tennessee. President Coward is afraid to go north of that Mason-Dixon line where he is sure to get a proper welcome from the resistance. If Trump and the Paul Ryan Republicans succeed in taking away health care from the millions of Trump voters in the South, as they intend to do, there won’t be many places left for him to tap into those adoring Southern crowds. Bless his heart.
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