Today in Conservative Media: MSNBC Clip Supposedly Proves Obama's Surveillance of Trump

Olive Rios
April 2, 2017

The newly released financial disclosure forms list the assets the Trump aides held when they walked in the doors of the White House in January - before administration counsel advised them to resign from various postings, divest certain holdings or recuse themselves from future decisions.

"I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy", she said, adding that if "the Trump folks" found out how they knew what they knew, "they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence".

Evelyn Farkas, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, said post-election she urged colleagues to get all the information they could before former President Barack Obama left office.

"These are serious issues - they raise serious concerns, and if true, the issues will be devastating", Spicer said.

For one thing, Spicer distorted Farkas' words, the newspaper said - Farkas wasn't talking about wiretapping, she was referencing an effort to keep a record of possible Russian interference in the election.

The Fox News headline read, "Former Obama official discloses rush to get intelligence on Trump team".

"That's why you have the leaking", Farkas said in the March 2 interview on MSNBC.

Still, Farkas herself connected the concerns among government officials about the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation to the information winding up in the press.

Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is under increasing pressure to step down ever since he announced that new information corroborated the president's allegation that the Obama administration had monitored the Trump transition team.

On Thursday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert began with a pledge to his audience: "The Late Show Intelligence Committee will follow our investigation of Trump and Russian Federation wherever it leads" (even if that's just to The Late Late Show).

Aside from questions over whether communications were improperly gathered during the transition and before, says Heine, there is speculation over how widely such information was disseminated.

Mr Schiff said the investigation "grows in severity and magnitude by the day", and he said the committee has "much work and many more witnesses and documents" to review before any witness can be considered for immunity.

The White House contends that Nunes' information - which has not been made public - validates Trump's explosive claim that his predecessor wiretapped his NY skyscraper.

Trump won the election, but thinks it's his vanquished opponent whose ties to Russian Federation should be investigated.

The Clinton-led State Department was among nine USA government agencies that had to approve the purchase of Uranium One.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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