Remember When CNN Mocked Trump For Saying He Was Wiretapped? Look What They’re Saying Now After Secret Docs Revealed

We all remember back when President Trump shocked the political world when he Tweeted out that former President Obama had tapped his “wires” during the election campaign. Democrats at the time were screaming at the top of their lungs that Trump won the election because he “colluded” with Russia and the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

The world was stunned at the notion a sitting U.S. president would tap the phones of a candidate from the opposing party running for the top office of the land.

Almost immediately, leftwing media that had supported Hillary during the election fired up their smear machine and began saying that Trump was lying.

Here are a few screenshots from “fake news” CNN a day after Trump made the assertion.

Well now, CNN’s tune has changed after secret documents just released reveal that Obama’s FBI did, in fact, tap former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s communications. The FBI was listening in before the election, and after Trump had taken office when he was known to speak to Manafort via phone even though he wasn’t part of the administration.

Here’s a portion of CNN’s report just out tonight:

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which is leading the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.

A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party, the sources told CNN.

The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.

The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.

Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives. Such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.

It is unclear when the new warrant started. The FBI interest deepened last fall because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, and among the Russians themselves, that reignited their interest in Manafort, the sources told CNN. As part of the FISA warrant, CNN has learned that earlier this year, the FBI conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort. It’s not known what they found.
The conversations between Manafort and Trump continued after the President took office, long after the FBI investigation into Manafort was publicly known, the sources told CNN. They went on until lawyers for the President and Manafort insisted that they stop, according to the sources.

Here’s the video that accompanied the CNN article.

Contrast CNN’s report to what they had to say one day after President Trump made the allegation back in March of this year:

President Donald Trump made a stunning claim Saturday, alleging without offering evidence that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped his phones at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 election.

“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Trump tweeted early Saturday morning in one part of a six-tweet tirade that began just after 6:30 a.m.

The President went on to compare the alleged tapping of his phones to Watergate and called Obama “bad (or sick).”

“How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy,” Trump tweeted.

But two former senior US officials quickly dismissed Trump’s accusations out of hand.

“Just nonsense,” said one former senior US intelligence official.

Another former senior US official with direct knowledge of investigations by the Justice Department under the Obama administration said Trump’s phones were never tapped.

“This did not happen. It is false. Wrong,” the former official told CNN.

A spokesman for Obama, Kevin Lewis, called “any suggestion” that Obama or any White House official ordered surveillance against Trump “simply false.”

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” Lewis said in a statement early Saturday afternoon. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”

Here are the Tweets President Trump put out:

So now we know, CNN & government officials who said that Trump wasn’t “wiretapped” were either lying to cover for Obama, or they didn’t know what was going on. I’m going with lying.

Here’s more from Fox News reporting that the second wiretapping warrant may have been illegally obtained by the FBI because the request was based on the fake dossier about Trump.

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