Mark Levin was in rare form on Sunday as he lit into segments of the U.S. news media for obfuscating their own track records of reportage of the Obama administration during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The controversy regards a currently unverified charge by President Donald Trump against the previous administration for “wiretapping” phones at his campaign's Trump Tower office:
The President went directly to Twitter to state his belief that his predecessor was conducting surveillance on his campaign:
Trump raised questions about legality:
Then he compared it all to Watergate:
Trump's accusations lit a fire under the news media, leading many outlets to imply his unfounded charge was out-of-line:
Many of the same news media outlets have been obsessed for months with claims of illegal or inappropriate ties between Russia and the Trump administration, which FBI and other government agencies have denied finding any evidence of after investigation.
Conservative radio host Mark Levin scorched news media outlets by reading off a laundry list of reports on Obama administration spying:
- “Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.” (Heatstreet)
- “The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials.” (The Guardian)
- “The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have collaborated for months in an investigation into Russian attempts to influence the November election, including whether money from the Kremlin covertly aided President-elect Donald Trump, two people familiar with the matter said.” (McClatchy)
- “The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit. The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said. One official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.” (NYT)
- “In its final days, the Obama administration has 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.” (NYT)
- “In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.” (NYT)
- Flynn Is Said to Have Talked to Russians About Sanctions Before Trump Took Office (NYT) ["Where'd they get this information?" Levin asks.]
- “The focus of the U.S. counterintelligence investigation has been on communications between Trump campaign officials and Russia. The inquiry involving Mr. Sessions is examining his contacts while serving as Mr. Trump’s foreign-policy adviser in the spring and summer of 2016, one person familiar with the matter said.” [References Washington Post in video, but actually Wall Street Journal]
“Keep in mind, this is taking place during a presidential election,” Levin said, at one point. “The sitting president, the incumbent party, is investigating the presidential candidate of the Republican Party and his campaign, to some extent.”
“The media seems to be confused about their own reporting,” he also said.