This commentary will be COMPLETELY free of speculation.
The Trump haters say that his campaign worked with the Russians to derail Hillary Clinton’s campaign and derailed her chances to become president. That accusation has angered the president and tied up his administration with unwanted controversy. Showing his annoyance, the president tweeted over the weekend that he believes that Barack Obama ordered phone taps at the Trump Tower. So now all hell is breaking lose.
Let’s look at the facts and unfortunately there are only two facts in this whole swamp of accusations. ONLY two. First, the communication between Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador to the US were tapped by somebody. A portion of the conversations were given to the Washington Post, but we do not know who tapped the call.
So… who tapped the call? We just don’t know.
Second fact: Under President Obama, the National Security Agency changed the way it shared raw, unconfirmed intelligence with other agencies. This was finalized in January, just a few days before President Obama left office. It used to be that raw intelligence would not be shared, but now the NSA can share it with other agencies; even if the intelligence IS NOT CONFIRMED. Leaks have sprouted all over the place and were damaging to the Trump administration.
We do not know why the Obama administration changed intelligence standards. We just don’t know. But Donald Trump apparently believes that it was to sabotage his incoming administration.
That’s it. That’s the only factual information that we have. All the rest is blather, opinion, propaganda, and speculation.
Now, the entire tasteless mess is based on the Russian hacking, which bedeviled the Clinton campaign. As stated, some anti-Trump people accuse the president and his acolytes of working with the Russians. On Sunday, the director of the national intelligence (James Clapper) under President Obama said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd that he had found no evidence of that. Also, Arkansas senator Tom Cotton, who is on the congressional committee that is investigating the Russian situation, also said something pretty identical to what Clapper had said. Any fair-minded person has to acknowledge there is no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
In order for the wiretapping to legally happen, a judge would have to sign off on a FISA warrant. Again please reference the interview with Clapper and Todd, which seems pretty definitive about the issue. President Trump has asked for an investigation into the alleged wire tapping. We assume that’ll happen, but this whole thing is terrible for the country. America’s credibility is being damaged all over the world and the federal government’s ability to even operate is being impeded. For the good of the country, perhaps we should tamp down the madness, let Congress do its job and investigate the situation.