Soon after March 4th when Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of “wiretapping Trump Tower” in a scandal he claimed was bigger than Watergate, I wrote an article stating my belief that was the moment where his own unhinged incompetence likely just put into motion everything that would eventually lead to his own downfall.
After weeks/months of congressional Republicans doing their best to downplay his growing list of ties to Russian officials, Trump accusing a former president of the highly unconstitutional and illegal wiretapping of a then-presidential candidate couldn’t be ignored. Especially considering I knew Trump would never admit he was wrong, which was about the only hope the GOP had to try to sweep all of this under the rug.
Perhaps even more controversial than the initial tweets was Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his bizarre behavior a few days after FBI Director James Comey publicly stated that there was no evidence to support Trump’s nonsense. In an unprecedented move, without meeting with other members of the House Intelligence Committee, he publicly announced that he had taken evidence to the White House to present to Trump that he felt was of the utmost importance. Information that just happened to supposedly “vindicate” Trump’s ridiculous wiretapping conspiracy.
Soon after that, reports exposed the fact that Nunes had apparently met his “source” for this information at the White House, all the while still refusing to show it to any other members of his committee — the same committee that was investigating Trump for possibly committing treason.
As time went on, it became abundantly clear that this “evidence” wasn’t what Nunes or Trump were claiming it was. Amid growing pressure from Democrats and Republicans alike, Nunes eventually recused himself from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials.
Though if you ask me, officials should be looking at Nunes, himself, over what appears, at least in my opinion, to be a blatant effort by him to obstruct these investigations.
However, according to a new report by Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker, Nunes might have been acting on public pressure being put on members of Congress by the White House to find any evidence to support Trump’s ridiculous conspiracy:
I spoke to two intelligence sources, one who read the entire binder of intercepts and one who was briefed on their contents. “There’s absolutely nothing there,” one source said. The Trump names remain masked in the documents, and Rice would not have been able to know in all cases that she was asking the N.S.A. to unmask the names of Trump officials.
The intelligence source told me that he knows, “from talking to people in the intelligence community,” that “the White House said, ‘We are going to mobilize to find something to justify the President’s tweet that he was being surveilled.’ They put out an all-points bulletin”—a call to sift through intelligence reports—“and said, ‘We need to find something that justifies the President’s crazy tweet about surveillance at Trump Tower.’ And I’m telling you there is no way you get that from those transcripts, which are about as plain vanilla as can be.” (The White House did not respond to a request for comment.)
Lizza also goes on to write that intelligence officials now fear that the efforts to support Trump’s lies have caused a bit of a national security crisis by making routine intelligence gathering look nefarious and illegal in their desperate attempt to twist facts and reality to suit their own agenda.
Without a doubt, one of the most startling aspects of this report is this source claiming the White House was actively putting pressure on people to find something… anything to justify Trump’s tweets. While that’s not an outright allegation that the White House was pushing people to fabricate “evidence,” based on the fact that we now know the information to which Nunes was referring wasn’t what he claimed it was, it does seem as if this was all part of a deliberate effort, spearheaded by Trump’s administration, to push blatant misinformation to justify his unfounded conspiracy against Barack Obama.
It’s important to remember that this all began a couple of days after FBI Director Comey publicly acknowledged Trump was under investigation. That lends credence to the allegation that Nunes was part of a ploy orchestrated by the Trump administration to create a fake scandal in an attempt to distract people from the real scandal concerning the possibility that he betrayed his country on his way to “winning” last November.
As I’ve said for months, this is one of those situations where one day we’re most likely going to see “Breaking News” flash across our screens announcing some indisputable evidence linking Donald Trump and the Russian officials behind the cyber attack against the 2016 election. I obviously have no idea when (or if) that day will come, but my gut tells me it might be sooner rather than later.