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I think we are going to find the whole "Russian meddling" story was concocted by the Obama administration in the first place, and that Obama and company were systematically and illegally spying on not just Trump but all the other candidates (including Sanders but not the anointed one Clinton).
The best thing is that Obama implicated himself because he issued the last minute executive order that tried to legalize what they were doing.
Because of their hubris, they thought Hillary would win and none of this would come to light. But now it is a different matter. But they had taken a huge hit because hackers had exposed the corruption of the Democrat Party and the Clinton campaign and they had to come up with a counter-strategy.
If I had the time, I would go all the way back to when this Russia thing began and the leaking and the reporting on the leaking and connect it all together in one glorious timeline that would expose the actual facts in this case:
Obama spied on Trump.
You can even look at his 2 statements before he left the country to see that they don't match up with what we have found out over the last few weeks. Those statements are 1) not about the topic or 2) lies.
The left thought this Russia nonsense would work. But there's NOTHING to the story or we would've heard about it months ago. Instead they leak what little they have to go on to make it appear as if there is something.
The Dems can only do this for so long before it dies out from lack of real evidence. And Trump has shown he will NOT back down and the Republicans have shown they WILL pursue the leaks/unmasking...which is a much more interesting and devastating and TRUE story.
I think the exposed corruption has gotten to the point where the Justice Department should be not only be investigating the Obama administration, but also start RICO investigations of the Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party. Every day we are getting new revelations of illegal activity.
Why has nothing happened with regards to Donna Brazile leaking debate questions from CNN to Hillary? Doesn't that break some kind of law? Or would that have to be Bernie who would sue? and he already got paid off and bought that extra house.
How can a political party operative get away with cheating and not be punished in some way? Without punishment for this kind of stuff, they will just do it again. Guaranteed.
The strategy has often worked in the past. Do any Democrats remember Jonathan Gruber these days?
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What has been reported:
• Americans were surveilled incidental to legal surveillance of foreign operatives.
• Reports on such surveillance have the names of American citizens masked.
• Names can be unmasked by request of a high-level security official, but there is a review process requiring a legitimate reason. The reason can be as simple as wanting to better understand the reports.
• Unmasking is ordinary and not uncommon.
• Being unmasked for one official doesn't unmask it for others.
• Unmasking is not the same as leaking.
• Susan Rice, as National Security Advisor, unmasked names on such reports.