Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump

Joel B. Pollak

Barack Obama

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Levin called Obama’s effort “police state” tactics, and suggested that Obama’s actions, rather than conspiracy theories about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election to help Trump, should be the target of congressional investigation.

Drawing on sources including the New York Times and the Washington Post, Levin described the case against Obama so far, based on what is already publicly known. The following is an expanded version of that case, including events that Levin did not mention specifically but are important to the overall timeline.

1. June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.
2. July: Russia joke. Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the presidential nomination. In a press conference, Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking.
3. October: Podesta emails. In October, Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. The Clinton campaign blames Trump and the Russians.
4. October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

Editor’s note: An Obama spokesman has denied that Obama every ordered the surveillance of any American citizen, which cannot be correct, given the submissions to the FISA Court. This qualifies as an enormous (uncharacteristic) blunder on the part of Barack Obama:

5. January 2017: Buzzfeed/CNN dossier. Buzzfeed releases, and CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by a foreign former spy. It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. None of the allegations can be verified and some are proven false. Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.
6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, the outgoing Obama administration “expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.
7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, on the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. Other news outlets also report the existence of “a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.
8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.

Editor’s note: Even Rush Limbaugh has nailed the efforts by Obama and his cohorts to bring down the Trump administration, which is an act of treason for which he deserves to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law:

9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had “repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians. The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about illegal intelligence leaks.
10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Postreports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign — once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’s Senate office. The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’s testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House “rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”: officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies “to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.
In summary: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.
Levin called the effort a “silent coup” by the Obama administration and demanded that it be investigated.
In addition, Levin castigated Republicans in Congress for focusing their attention on Trump and Attorney General Sessions rather than Obama.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He was named one of the “most influential” people in news media in 2016. His new book, How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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10 thoughts on “Mark Levin to Congress: Investigate Obama’s ‘Silent Coup’ vs. Trump”

  1. How about the two Democrats named Holder and Obama who planned and executed the Sandy Hook Hoax Gun Grab on America aided by another one named Malloy in Connecticut, a cruel lie that a fake kid named Adam Lanza shot up a fake school which was not even a functioning school and killed some 26 fake kids and adults while the parents of those fake kids put up sympathy scam begging pages on Go Fund Me and fleece money from a duped public? Obama even flew some of these fake parents on AF1. The new AG and new President have now had the opportunity to read the FBI and CIA reports of this fake crime and fraud on America. How about filing some charges and exposing this giant hoax on all America by our own government? A book has been written and many videos published by Barry Soetoro and others. The school had been closed. This failure of government to bring these perps to justice is why citizens must be empowered to convene grand juries and bring charges with citizen power since government is too corrupt to do its assigned duties. Our governments are a shameful disgrace to the Founders and all Americans.

  2. I have to say and I am sure many will agree that we are more than likely to uncover many scandals involving the Obama administration and the Hillary campaign. I am concerned however that focus is going to be diluted from what we really need to be diligently pursuing and that is child sex trafficking. We cannot let up on this for a second. These people are prepared to throw one wrench after another into this current pizzagate investigation. Because when it's all said and done, those involved in this will be subject to the death penalty. I have no doubt they are also guilty of treason, sedition, and all manner of state crimes. Those will be much harder to make a case for. I am as outraged about this wiretapping as anyone, but I think they are bullshitting us about the reason for the wiretap. I mean, seriously??? They know Trump has not conspired with the Russians to influence the election or anything else. No, I guarantee you they want to know what he's got on them in the child trafficking cases. Let's please stay focused on this, we can go after them later on their bogus surveillance tactics.

  3. IMO there will be no critical mass. Whilever there is McCarthyism in America nothing will change. Only when those people whose recent forebears supported McCarthy are dealt with will the scourge of America goodness be erased. When Americans see that Mr Putin is a person who is true to his word – unlike them (ALL Americans are liars) – then and only then will the possibility of critical mass occur. Its either no more lies – none at all – or a radio-active ashpile. ALL AMERICANS MUST STOP ALL LIES IMMEDIATELY AND FOREEVER – LIES OF ANY KIND, LIES IN CHURCH, LIES IN ACADEME, LIES IN POLITICS and LIES IN JOURNALISM AND ALL FORMS OF BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS. I MEAN LIES IN ANY CONTEXT AT ALL.

  4. As always, Professor Trump has given us an excellent summary of an emerging crisis that is obviously going to come to a critical mass at some point in the near future. The wrong doers are being outed and proven and not believed by more and more of the dumbed down masses BUT "they" still have the means to try to stop it. AT ALL COST! AND NOW THEY WILL RESORT TO MORE RUTHLESS METHODS.

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