FISA warrant on Carter Page allowed Obama to snoop on Trump campaign

streiff:
One of the many controversies of the short presidency of Donald Trump has been the existence of a FISA warrant for electronic surveillance (NOT A WIRETAP) of Trump and/or members of his staff. This story was first floated by the less-than-credible Louise Mensch back in October. It is a story that was denied by former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Now we know that Clapper was a liar (news flash), that at least one member of the Trump campaign was under FISA surveillance, and because of that surveillance, you can rest assured that at some point, Trump himself was also a subject of “incidental” surveillance. Obama might not have had his ear pressed against Donald Trump’s door but every conversation Trump has had with Carter Page since last summer, every text, every email, and every meeting has been recorded. Likewise for any other member of Trump’s campaign. And to the extent that Page visited Trump Tower, it was under surveillance.

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

This is sort of funny:

The officials spoke about the court order on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of a counterintelligence probe.

Well, yeah, discussing this is technically known as a “felony” as you will see from the volume of classified material spilled here. One can also bet that the “law enforcement and other U.S. officials” include Sally Yates, Ben Rhodes, and other members of the “resistance.”
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Keep in mind that the surveillance under consideration here is not a wiretap. It means his email and texting was intercepted. It means his smartphone was compromised and anything he said while that phone was around was recorded. It means that imagery was probably captured via the phone’s camera. It means if he has a smart tv, it was probably compromised like his phone.
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There is more.

This suggests that the surveillance was much broader than a "wiretap."   It also seems clear that they found nothing to support the Democrat thesis that the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton.

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