John Dickerson asks Senator Rand Paul for his views on the assertions made by President Trump that Hussein Obama had him wiretapped during the campaign. Senator Paul has an idea of how this might be accomplished while remaining outside of any direct order issued by a FISA court or a warrant request by the Attorney General.
Paul says, “I think the first thing to realize is that everybody’s been getting the story wrong. I doubt that Trump was a target directly of any kind of eavesdropping. But I’m not saying it didn’t happen, I think there a very good chance it does. I don’t have any special information, but the way it works is, the FISA court, through Section 702, wiretaps foreigners and then listens to Americans. It’s a back door search of Americans.”
Paul continues, “And because they have so much data, they can type Donald Trump into their vast resources of people they’re tapping overseas and they get all of his phone calls. They did this to ‘president’ Obama 1,227 times, eavesdrops on ‘president’ Obama’s phone calls. Then they mask him.”
Paul says, “But here’s the problem, and General Hayden said this the other day, he said even low level employees can unmask the caller. That’s probably what happened to Flynn. They’re not targeting Americans, they’re targeting foreigners but they’re doing it purposely to get to Americans.”
Paul adds, “It’s very dangerous because they’re revealing that now to the public.”
He’s probably got a point, that is one way it could be happening, but he might be being overly generous by dismissing the involvement of Obama. From the evidence that has been coming out, particularly by those with knowledge of the inner workings of the CIA and NSA, as well as the WikiLeaks information, there are probably multiple ways that information was leaked out and, as Judge Napolitano indicated, it was even possible for Obama to order surveillance without bothering with a FISA warrant.
Both Paul and Napolitano and others are probably right, it was an information free for all and no, the Russians didn’t do it; it was the Americans and whatever Obama is.
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