At a time when real news and real scandals are replaced with fake news and fake scandals, the American people have been thrown into an information gauntlet to try and find the truth. Attorney General Jeff Session’s is the latest target of the political establishment as he has been accused of lying to the American people about his dealings with the Russians while a United States Senator last year.
The prime movers of the accusation are Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), both of whom have been hell bent to find any relative connection between Russia and the Trump campaign to try and delegitimize the Trump presidency. While many news outlets and editorial writers have been fixated on headlines of AG Sessions recusing himself from portions of any investigation of the Trump campaign and possible foul play with the Russians to influence the Presidential election, the real news is being largely ignored: Where have been all the leaks from the intelligence community been coming from?
Since the election of Donald Trump, leaks from intelligence agencies have been released during key positive political momentum-gaining moments during Trump’s first hundred days. Only weeks after the inauguration, it was leaked that the President’s national security advisor had been involved in communications with the Russians regarding Russian sanctions. The New York Times wrote about the events leading up to the discovery of Flynn’s communication as the intelligence officials, who have remained in anonymity, kept the investigative campaign open even after there was no foul found.
American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.
The officials interviewed in recent weeks said that, so far, they had seen no evidence of such cooperation.
But the intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.
The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the government outside of the intelligence services, they said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.
The officials said that one of the advisers picked up on the calls was Paul Manafort, who was Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman for several months last year and had worked as a political consultant in Ukraine. The officials declined to identify the other Trump associates on the calls.
The call logs and intercepted communications are part of a larger trove of information that the F.B.I. is sifting through as it investigates the links between Mr. Trump’s associates and the Russian government, as well as the hacking of the D.N.C., according to federal law enforcement officials. As part of its inquiry, the F.B.I. has obtained banking and travel records and conducted interviews, the officials said.
Mr. Manafort, who has not been charged with any crimes, dismissed the officials’ accounts in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “This is absurd,” he said. “I have no idea what this is referring to. I have never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers, and I have never been involved with anything to do with the Russian government or the Putin administration or any other issues under investigation today.”
He added, “It’s not like these people wear badges that say, ‘I’m a Russian intelligence officer.’”
While the active investigation of a presidential candidate during an active election process is very alarming, there is a much more serious issue that needs to be investigated. Why did the investigation stay open after the initial inquiry appeared to be resolved. And why has all of this information been leaked into the hands of the mainstream media?
Journalist Michael Walsh of PJ Media revealed a back story that has had little to know coverage since the New York Times remarked briefly about the NSA’s relaxation of longstanding limits on what the NSA is allowed to do with private information gathering. Walsh reports that the Times’ remarks in an article on January 12, 2017 play a much clearer role in the political mosaic in the wake of these leaks:
In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.
Walsh appears to have pieced together a possible attempt by Loretta Lynch and, ultimately, Barack Obama to expand the powers of the NSA prior to their leaving office. This has enabled Obama-appointed officials embedded in the bureaucracy to undermine the incoming administration. While the mainstream media hums over the tremendously scandalous nature of this revelation, they hang on to old narratives that have been debunked by previous inquires.
There is no doubt that the Democrats and their praetorian media are fully engaged in an attempt to tear down the Trump administration in what radio show host Mark Levin has equated to a silent coup. He has likened this scandal to be the greatest in American history. Listen to Levin discuss this issue below: