FBI Reportedly Sought FISA Court Warrant To Spy On Trump Campaign Officials

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FBI Reportedly Sought FISA Court Warrant To Spy On Trump Campaign Officials

At the FBI (Photo: Dave Newman/Flickr)

Originally appeared at AntiWar

A new report released today features both the FBI seeking to launch a surveillance operation against an active US presidential campaign, and the ultra-rare case of the FISA courts actually turning down an FBI request to conduct surveillance against somebody.

The report, originating at the Guardian, claims that the FBI had sought broad surveillance powers over four high-ranking members of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign during the election, claiming them to have had contact with Russian officials. The FISA court turned the request down, telling investigators they needed to narrow the request.

Though the four are not directly named in the report, it is related to claims in a dossier of Russia having substantial blackmail dirt on Trump, and that dossier centered heavily around accusations against a handful of Trump campaign personnel, including Carter Page, Paul Manafort, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, along with Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, meaning some of them may well be among the targets.

Secondary reports speculated that the FBI may well have sought a more narrow application for surveillance, though details on that are even less clear than the previous reports. Though a lot of these reports don’t end up substantiated, if true this could well add to the expected acrimony between the incoming administration and the intelligence community.

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  • Ronald

    The Guardian , is owned by Rothschild or Murdock , both close to deep state . Looks like another smear shot , set up for the President-elect. These people have no respect . They are a shame to America , and themselves .

  • John

    Just as a random thought here, could they possible even guess, that this might be exactly what President elect Trump wants?

    All of these guys are piling out of the closet, one scandalous episode after another, with thus far virtually zero impact on what he is actually doing. Did it even cross their minds that Mr. Trump, having politically beaten everybody to a pulp in his path is absolutely ready for this? It stands as a testimony as to why so many elite have lost their grip on the world, they thought they more or less guiding to their vision of the future.

    These dust ups are going to end badly for them, in my opinion. I wish a good day to all.

  • The FBI and CIA are liberal organisations. They rely in huge globalist governments to survive.
    With Conservatism, the FBI would shrink by 50%, and the CIA would shrink by 70% and the NSA would be shrunk out of existence.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B-X7ox8LBg

  • AMHants

    Here we go again and same old crowd. Paul Manafort, now who was it that started the dirty tricks campaign against him? What have Soros, Crowd Strike and Prop or Not all got in common? Together with dodgy malware from Ukraine? Doesn’t Soros now own the Guardian, or has invested heavily in the old, failing, media site?

    AGITPROP MACHINE: How the US create Fake Al Qaeda and ISIS videos… http://21stcenturywire.com/201

    OpEdNews Op Eds 1/11/2017 at 11:45:28
    Why Crowdstrike’s Russian Hacking Story Fell Apart 2 The DNI Report Faked Sources… http://www.opednews.com/articl

    The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying
    Digging deeper into the PropOrNot controversy…. http://www.alternet.org/media/

    Election Theft in the USA: An Astrophysicist’s POV … http://www.opednews.com/articl