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FBI Reportedly Sought FISA Court Warrant To Spy On Trump Campaign Officials
Zerohedge ^ | 1-12-2017 | Durden

Posted on 01/11/2017 11:14:51 PM PST by tcrlaf

A new report released today features both the FBI seeking to launch a surveillance operation against an active US presidential campaign, and the ultra-rare case of the FISA courts actually turning down an FBI request to conduct surveillance against somebody.

The report, originating at the Guardian, claims that the FBI had sought broad surveillance powers over four high-ranking members of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign during the election, claiming them to have had contact with Russian officials.

The FISA court turned the request down, telling investigators they needed to narrow the request. ADVERTISING

Though the four are not directly named in the report, it is related to claims in a dossier of Russia having substantial blackmail dirt on Trump, and that dossier centered heavily around accusations against a handful of Trump campaign personnel, including Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, along with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, meaning some of them may well be among the targets.

(Excerpt) Read more at zerohedge.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cohen; comey; election; fbi; fbitrumpcampaign; fisa; flynn; illegal; michaelcohen; michaelflynn; paulmanafort; russia; trump
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I wonder how CNN intends to report this?

The Obamunists weaponized the government. They tried to use Anti-Terror laws to go after Trump??

Trump is not only going to have to drain the swamp, but pull out literally every weed, and start the wetlands over.

1 posted on 01/11/2017 11:14:52 PM PST by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

How did the proceedings in front of a secret court get in the Guardian?


2 posted on 01/11/2017 11:19:09 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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To: tcrlaf

Why all the interest in Trump-Russian relations?

Is there any actual evidence, even circumstantial or more than hearsay that Trump has relations with Putin or any Russians?


3 posted on 01/11/2017 11:24:12 PM PST by FreedomStar3028 (Somebody has to step forward and do what is right because it is right, otherwise no one will follow.)
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To: tcrlaf

You watch.

You juuust watch.

Before this is over, we’re going to find out that the only hacking that was done, was done by the Obama administration against Trump.


4 posted on 01/11/2017 11:29:35 PM PST by Steely Tom ([VOTE FRAUD] == [CIVIL WAR])
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To: FreedomStar3028
Why all the interest in Trump-Russian relations?

Several reasons, the biggest of which is that Trump and Putin might make common cause against ISIS and other Islamic extremists, payments from whom to various retired (and not-yet-retired) politicians will stop if the people who sign the checks are pushin' up daisies.

5 posted on 01/11/2017 11:32:03 PM PST by Steely Tom ([VOTE FRAUD] == [CIVIL WAR])
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To: tcrlaf

At least it was turned down


6 posted on 01/11/2017 11:35:01 PM PST by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Steely Tom

>> was done by the Obama administration

Well, the FBI is under the jurisdiction of the Executive branch.


7 posted on 01/11/2017 11:39:11 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Eleutheria5

If two or more people know a secret- will not stay a secret.
I


8 posted on 01/11/2017 11:41:01 PM PST by Nailbiter
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To: tcrlaf; piasa
The report, originating at the Guardian

I've already caught Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs faking two stories about Trump, so I take this accordingly. The new Guardian piece is by Julian Borger, who I remember assisting Joseph Wilson's disinformation campaign during Nigergate; he's clearly an asset for an intelligence agency himself. One thing that's interesting here is that the disinformation about Trump is being distributed on both sides of the Atlantic--it spread from Rome to MI6 (according to Carl Bernstein anyway) and to the U.S.

9 posted on 01/11/2017 11:42:42 PM PST by Fedora
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To: Eleutheria5

“How did the proceedings in front of a secret court get in the Guardian?”

Unknown —— but, now we all get to see how evil the Obamunists really are...


10 posted on 01/11/2017 11:47:08 PM PST by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch (career libs @ BIG BROTHER Inc.,..... President Trump says your fired!)
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To: tcrlaf

Fishibg expedition for impeachment plannng purposes. Bastards.


11 posted on 01/11/2017 11:47:22 PM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc (Proud horrible deplorable)
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc
I think they are actually trying to get Trump to step down before his inauguration. This is certainly ramping up quickly, though it may simply be a Hail Mary.
12 posted on 01/11/2017 11:50:33 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (Those that can, do, those that can't, work in the Beltway.)
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To: tcrlaf

From the Guardian —
“The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.”

That “one report” is a link to Heat Street, which gives my phone fits, and is questionable for fakery. Need more...

Trump can simply declassify the FISA request. 8 days!


13 posted on 01/11/2017 11:53:21 PM PST by ReaganGeneration2
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To: tcrlaf

Some serious deep state machinations going on....there’s billions of dollars involved here in trade & immigration that will dry up if Trump gets his way by reinstating the rule of law on the border & dumping NFTA & the TPP.


14 posted on 01/12/2017 12:02:29 AM PST by LongWayHome
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To: tcrlaf

That’s quite shocking.


15 posted on 01/12/2017 12:04:34 AM PST by RedWulf (TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP!)
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To: ReaganGeneration2

I wonder if the warrant “granted” in October was “granted” because of the phony 4Chan information that began in October. I understand why they are so paranoid about Trump becoming president. When he finds out the extent they were willing to go to dig up information on him (using every asset of information gathering at the disposal of the president — legal and otherwise) Trump will see corrupt DC at its worse.


16 posted on 01/12/2017 12:10:46 AM PST by Waryone (2 Chronicles 7:14; praise God for His great mercy!)
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To: Major Matt Mason

They have done everything possible to break him. It hasn’t worked. Now they will try to impeach him. Just my opinion.


17 posted on 01/12/2017 12:14:27 AM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc (Proud horrible deplorable)
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To: LongWayHome

“Some serious deep state machinations going on....there’s billions of dollars involved here in trade & immigration that will dry up if Trump gets his way by reinstating the rule of law on the border & dumping NFTA & the TPP.”

Yes. In many ways I am glad to see happening, because many in this forum were very supportive of increased federal police powers following 9/11. Now some of those same people may understand why some of us in the liberty wing of the R party - conservative/constitutional independents if you will - felt that those powers would be a threat to the Republic at some point in the future. That point is the present.


18 posted on 01/12/2017 12:47:15 AM PST by SecAmndmt (Arm yourselves!)
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To: tcrlaf

Perhaps just adding to the narrative. Like the now missing Mr. Steele (the uk MI6 guy who wrote the so called report). Now that everyone wants to interview Mr. Steele, he’s in the wind? Unless of course he’s a known entity proven to have existed and I missed that?


19 posted on 01/12/2017 12:57:23 AM PST by WorksinKOP
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To: tcrlaf

This whole thing keeps rolling on autopilot after the original ploy has fallen apart. Reminds me of that old Star Trek episode, “The Changeling.”

They are NOMAD.


20 posted on 01/12/2017 1:02:45 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Major Matt Mason
I think they are actually trying to get Trump to step down before his inauguration. This is certainly ramping up quickly, though it may simply be a Hail Mary.

If so, it's worse than not working. He's digging his heels in. Doesn't take threats in the manner they for some mistaken reason expect. He issues his own in response, always has. Even a cursory "dossier" on the man would show this history.

21 posted on 01/12/2017 1:05:58 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Nifster

At least it was turned down


The FISA court turned the request down, telling investigators they needed to narrow the request.

Turned down on scope of the request NOT PRINCIPLE...How convenient to have current administration spy on challenging party’s candidate—just claim a connection to Russia. Unbelievable.

Wonder if Obama did this with Mittens or any other pols.

Meanwhile, we keep having these lone-wolf shooters who always were on some list, but are never pre-empted before they hurt innocents...Hmm


22 posted on 01/12/2017 1:06:38 AM PST by bushwon
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To: tcrlaf
Anyone who thinks not getting the warrant stopped them from going ahead and spying on the parties they named and everyone else close to him has to be nuts.

Every Intelligence and Law Enforcement arm of the government has been corrupted by the Clinton/Soros machine, count on it.

That's exactly why Trump set a trap for them by having a meeting no one but the attendees knew about. To judge just how completely the corruption has rotted the system.

JMHo

23 posted on 01/12/2017 1:07:02 AM PST by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory !!)
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To: Eleutheria5

Good question


24 posted on 01/12/2017 1:14:44 AM PST by Doogle (( USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: tcrlaf
I wonder how CNN intends to report this?
They're not reporting it so it must not be fake news. < /sarcasm >
25 posted on 01/12/2017 1:27:12 AM PST by lewislynn
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To: tcrlaf

Let’s have a CNN contemporary docu-drama about Watergate.

“Dirty tricks” are so yesterday.


26 posted on 01/12/2017 1:39:58 AM PST by Daffynition ( "The New PTSD: Post-Trump Stress Disorder")
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To: Fedora

When I see the mention of Rome ... Everyone knows the papa Francis is NO fan of Trump, with all that ‘wall’ building...


27 posted on 01/12/2017 1:43:32 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Just mythoughts
I was thinking more of Rocco Martino and Vince Cannistraro and company.
28 posted on 01/12/2017 1:48:26 AM PST by Fedora
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To: Fedora

Them too! There are more than a few that are about to see their ‘world view’ up ended..


29 posted on 01/12/2017 1:51:04 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Steely Tom

it doesn’t matter....they’ve accomplished their mission.....”Fake” and “hacking” and “rigged election” is all the stupid sheeple will remember, even though virtually ALL of it was done by the rats....


30 posted on 01/12/2017 1:52:02 AM PST by cherry
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To: FreedomStar3028

Because neither Trump nor Putin will play ball with the Globalists.


31 posted on 01/12/2017 2:05:04 AM PST by MCF (If my home can't be my Castle, then it will be my Alamo.)
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To: tcrlaf

This is why Comey will be replaced by Trump. So will Brennan and Clapper.

These men conducted treasonous activities against the People.
They need to be LONG GONE.


32 posted on 01/12/2017 2:20:06 AM PST by Candor7 ( Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: maggief; Dog

Wow


33 posted on 01/12/2017 2:24:33 AM PST by SE Mom (Screaming Eagle mom)
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To: tcrlaf

This alone is reason enough to fire Jimmy the weasel Comey as head feeb


34 posted on 01/12/2017 2:58:08 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Steely Tom

Islamic extremism is the real enemy, not Russia.


35 posted on 01/12/2017 3:25:41 AM PST by virgil (The evil that men do lives after them.)
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To: Gene Eric
"FBI Officials with ties to the White House",
is what they always say when they want to talk about Nixon and Watergate.
36 posted on 01/12/2017 3:28:57 AM PST by Falcon4.0
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To: RegulatorCountry

They are relying on an inaccurate psychological profile they constructed on him.

He is far more mentally and emotionally agile than they realize even now. They will continue to be surprised by him.


37 posted on 01/12/2017 3:29:59 AM PST by oblomov (We have passed the point where "law," properly speaking, has any further application. - C. Thomas)
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To: tcrlaf

The Democrats, working on behalf of Hillary’s campaign, tried very hard to make it look like Trump is in the Russians’ pockets (when, in fact, it was Hillary). They went so far as to investigate Trump for his supposed Russian ties.

I know this because there was a small article that was published a couple of weeks before the election, which quietly mumbled that a Democrat-ordered investigation of Trump for his “Russian ties” did not turn up anything.

The fact that the investigation went nowhere was not highly publicized, and now, it seems that the MSM and Democrats are completely ignoring the non-results of that investigation and going forward as if it had revealed that Trump had Hillary-levels of collusion with foreign governments.

The investigation itself was a gross misuse of government resources. Furthermore, the idea that the government can, with impunity, investigate anyone just because they pose a threat to the political power mongers should scare everyone.

I need to dig up that article about the investigation that went nowhere. I have no doubt the intent of the investigation was to produce material that the Dems could use as an October surprise. However, it seems that Trump has no skeletons in his closet that are surprise-worthy.


38 posted on 01/12/2017 3:44:51 AM PST by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: oblomov
They are relying on an inaccurate psychological profile they constructed on him.

They need a refund from whomever constructed it, then. Incompetent. Even a casual observer could predict the reaction they're getting.

39 posted on 01/12/2017 3:46:03 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: exDemMom

I think it was initially planned just to counterbalance Hillary’s own problems vis-a-vis Russia, and then it snowballed. It’s gotten thoroughly ridiculous but they can’t back down because their own supporters, financial as well as political, have lost there ever-loving minds and are trying to prevent Trump from being inaugurated. If this is so, it’s only going to get more bizarre from here.


40 posted on 01/12/2017 3:49:42 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Steely Tom

Which could explain all of the last minute ghetto garbage that is being pushed out at the last minute- to keep the incoming President busy so he doesn’t have time to get to the bottom of all of this.


41 posted on 01/12/2017 4:16:05 AM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: LouisianaJoanof Arc

Impeach over what charge exactly? ??


42 posted on 01/12/2017 4:31:00 AM PST by Phil DiBasquette
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To: Candor7

“This is why Comey will be replaced by Trump. So will Brennan and Clapper.”

January 21, 2017? Our country is so rotten DJT needs to DTS immediately! Is there any hope for pulling things back together considering the evil at play?


43 posted on 01/12/2017 4:36:41 AM PST by MayflowerMadam (If you think the party that freed the slaves are the racist ones, you probably are a liberal.)
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To: tcrlaf

So the FBI that wouldn’t investigate the Clintons wanted to investigate Trump.


44 posted on 01/12/2017 4:38:08 AM PST by marron
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To: Phil DiBasquette

“Impeach for what........”

I’m concerned they will falsely claim Trump is colluding with Russia. Treason.


45 posted on 01/12/2017 4:47:37 AM PST by LouisianaJoanof Arc (Proud horrible deplorable)
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To: Major Matt Mason

From Drudge

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-10/4chan-claims-have-fabricated-anti-trump-report-hoax


46 posted on 01/12/2017 5:11:33 AM PST by hoosiermama (It is time to believe in the future: Time to believe in each other: Time to believe in AMERICA ! DT)
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To: tcrlaf

Didn’t Hillary Clinton approve the sale of about 25 percent of US uranium to the Russians, and didn’t John Podesta have hundreds of thousands invested in various Russian companies?

That is what the FBI should have been investigating, not stuff based on rumors started by democrats or #nevertrumpers


47 posted on 01/12/2017 5:15:43 AM PST by euram
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To: euram
That is what the FBI should have been investigating, not stuff based on rumors started by democrats or #nevertrumpers

What do you expect from a corrupt agency filled with partisan political-hacks and mafia-friendly "agents"?

(See: Bulger, Robert Fitzpatrick, John Connolly)

48 posted on 01/12/2017 5:26:57 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (It's all Obama's fault.)
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To: Steely Tom
we’re going to find out that the only hacking that was done, was done by the Obama administration against Trump.

Based on the RAT-trait of projecting...

Blaming others for exactly what they themselves are doing, so when caught, they can say "everybody does it".

49 posted on 01/12/2017 5:32:43 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (It's all Obama's fault.)
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To: tcrlaf

This story has been around a couple days. Surprisingly, CNN did not run with a “Breaking News” story about Obama trying to spy on the Trump campaign.


50 posted on 01/12/2017 5:34:58 AM PST by lodi90
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