James Rosen, the the chief Washington correspondent at Fox News, is reporting congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” proving the Obama Administration spied on the Trump transition team and “possibly” the president-elect, himself.
Sources tell Mr. Rosen further evidence will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee in its entirety this week that will “leave no doubt the Obama Administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump.”
Citing sources, Mr. Rosen’s report echoes a previous article by People’s Pundit Daily published on Wednesday claiming information was provided to lawmakers indicating the Obama Administration used a ruse FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on individuals close to incoming President Donald J. Trump to avoid obtaining a proper warrant.
The PPD report also suggested intelligence officials and mostly Democratic lawmakers were playing word games denying the Obama Administration “wiretapped” Trump Tower.
On Wednesday, House intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., confirmed “incidental collection” of intelligence on members of the Trump transition team under the Obama Administration. However, the intelligence community engaged in what is being characterized as legal surveillance operations.
“I recently confirmed on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected intelligence,” Chairman Nunes said, adding he was “alarmed” and didn’t understand “why people would need to know that about President-elect Trump and his transition team.”
Chairman Nunes’s intelligence came from multiple sources during a span of several weeks. As of this morning, he had not shared the actual materials with the rest of the committee, which set off a political firestorm among Democrats. However, Fox News was told Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has now been briefed on the basic contents of the intelligence described by Chairman Nunes.
As People’s Pundit Daily has also reported, the Justice Department has not yet approved a FBI request for additional tools to thoroughly probe the leaks of highly sensitive classified information. Congressional sources familiar with the briefings the FBI has already given to lawmakers say the Bureau has requested additional authorities to properly conduct a criminal probe, including the power to issue subpoenas and impanel grand juries.
However, as of Monday, the Bureau had not yet received that approval from the Justice Department, resulting in increased frustration among congressional and FBI investigators. According to sources, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, the FBI has already put together a “comprehensive but limited” list of government officials who had access to the specific classified information that was leaked, including the content of the phone call between Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Lt. Gen. Flynn was fired following what the White House called a “gradual erosion of trust” after he misled Vice President Mike Pence. President Trump has vowed to expose the identify of the leakers and bring them to justice, which is a process the FBI is attempting to commence. But they cannot launch an effective investigation until the DOJ approves their request.
The information, in the form of a paper trail provided to Chairman Nunes, leaves the conclusion that there’s “no plausible purpose for the unmasking” other than to damage the incoming Trump Administration.