Sally Yates Adamant the Obama Administration Was Not Surveilling the Trump Campaign

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, where she told lawmakers the Obama administration was not surveilling the Trump campaign in 2016.

Yates sparred with the GOP during her testimony as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pressed her on a FISA application filed to monitor the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Cruz asked Yates when she became aware the Obama administration was surveilling the Trump administration.

“The Obama Administration was not surveilling the Donald Trump campaign,” Yates said.

Cruz clarified asking Yates, “So a FISA application is not surveillance?”

Yates argued Page was considered a former member of the Trump campaign at the time the FISA application was filed.

Watch their exchange below:

Cruz grilled Yates asking her if the investigation into Page had anything to do with the Trump campaign.

Yates reiterated Page was a former member of the campaign.

Cruz asked Yates what the reasoning was behind filing a FISA application to investigate Page.

“There were a number of reasons. First, we had gotten the information that I was trying to point out here that the Russians had made the overture, that they wanted to be able to assist the Trump campaign,” Yates said.

Cruz questioned Yates about her time at the Department of Justice asking her if other political opponents of Obama were being surveilled.

“The answer to that is no, and I also think that there was also no information that the Russians were working to aid another candidate other than Donald Trump,” Yates said.

The Department of Justice told a court in January there was not enough evidence to continue to justify the investigation into Page signaling the FBI may have gone too far when investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as IJR previously reported.


  1. I absolutely agree with ray as well! And now the B___CH in New York is saying that the NRA funneled millions of dollars! Oh please! It is not surprising that there is so much projecting going
    on by the Demoncrats. Remember, you idiots, that when you point one finger at someone
    there are THREE more pointing back at you! I pray that Trump signs an Executive Order to stop this madness. Biden is NOT FIT to be president! I’m sure the Demoncrats have a plan, however, there will be a second Civil War in this country if Biden slides into the White House. That’s a fact, Jack!

  2. I agree with you, Mary, 100%. Obama’s administration was indeed one of the biggest crimes sprees since Richard Nixon!

  3. Dildobert – “I, for one, think that the Trump camp looked and smelled crooked from day one, and they were worth investigating.” Thinking. Not really your strong suit, is it? According to revealed emails, the Hillarrhoid was the crooked one, as always.

  4. Well Frank, that was a very nice summation of the accusations against Trump. However, it all came up empty when the investigation (to focus attention away from the Hillarrhoid) was actually done to the tune of about $35 million in tax payers money. Had there been actual evidence, the Democrats would have used that for their phony impeachment instead of the fake ‘whistleblower’ and his ‘letter’, compiled by Shifty Schiff and his lawyers.

    What we do know is that a former SAS agent compiled a fake dossier about Trump with the help of Russian agents. Hmmm, how exactly does that help Trump? The fake dossier was then used by the Obamanation FBI to falsely obtain to FISA warrants to spy on Trump Tower and the Trump Campaign. There is ample evidence that Trump Tower was wiretapped. The Hillarrhoid was the one cheating with the Obamanation’s help, the DNC’s help, the media’s help, the debate moderator’s help, the Obamanation’s AG’s help, the Obamanation’s FBI director’s help, her staff’s help (smashing phones, losing a laptop containing 33000 emails), her IT person’s help (attempting to wipe a private server she used for official business in violation of applicable laws), etc. The Hillarrhoid cheated, rigged a nomination, used voter fraud, etc and still lost. You sore loser Democrats haven’t gotten over it yet, still telling your lies.

  5. Right Delbert because Trump was the guy bleach bitting hard drives after taking hammers to them. Well ordering his flunkies to do it for him so they couldn’t directly link him to it. Oh wait that was Hilary Clinton’s campaign the same lady who sold uranium to Russia hmmmmm.

  6. There are a lot of evidence-free assertions flying around here. I, for one, think that the Trump camp looked and smelled crooked from day one, and they were worth investigating.

  7. OF COURSE she is going to say that, do you honestly think she would throw her former boss under the bus?? EGADS!!! Come on now… The Obamanation Administration was a CRIMES SPREE!!! PERIOD!! That RANGTANG damn near gets away with EVERYTHING criminal while President Trump is blamed for everything he didn’t even do and that WAS done by the former CRIME SPREE Administration…

  8. Osama was not surveilling the Trump campaign, they were just surveilling all the people on Trumps campaign team, including Trump, but not the campaign. Watergate was nothing compared to this group. However, Yates said they were not surveilling them so I guess that settles the issue for Demoncrats.

  9. The Obama regime used security agencies against Trump. That’s what turned up in the Russia gate investigation.

  10. Another Trump conspiracy theory wasting out time and resources. Now it’s officially ‘fake’, although we knew this all along: The Obama administration was not surveilling the Trump campaign in 2016,” said Yates. And she was adamant. Go ahead Trump lovers: Dig out some other fake conspiracies of the democrats and waste our time. If Trump would concentrate on Covid more than on his re-elction and himself, we would have saved thousands of lives. Even those of people you may know who died of Covid.

  11. Sally Yates is a liar and a coward who wouldn’t testify in person. Russia is communist. They’re not going to help the Republican party. They would help Democrat Socialists and their Antifa foot soldiers, if anything. She needs to be hung for treason.

  12. Every one of those FISA warrant applications Yates signed was done under FALSE PRETENSES. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. How long she goes to prison for this depends on just how truly deep ‘The Swamp’ is!

  13. Right…they were not “Surveilling the Trump Campaign….” The were SPYING ON THE TRUMP CAMAIGN…!?!?! See the difference a word can make…?!?!?

  14. Sally Yates you are lying thru your teeth. You are just as culpable as the rest of the liars. I hope you will be in handcuffs with the rest of the guilty.

  15. By late 2016, the FBI had evidence that the Russians had signaled to a Trump campaign adviser that they could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to the Democratic candidate. And the FBI knew that the Russians had done just that.
    The special counsel’s office identified two principal operations directed at our election: hacking and dumping Clinton campaign emails, and an online social media campaign to disparage the Democratic candidate. They also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel. They did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.
    Russian efforts to interfere in our political system, and the essential question of whether those efforts involved the Trump campaign, required investigation. In that investigation, it was critical for us (and, before us, the FBI) to obtain full and accurate information. Likewise, it was critical for Congress to obtain accurate information from its witnesses.

  16. Lawyer logic – they were not surveilling the Trump campaign because Carter Paige was a “former member of the campaign.” But the primary impetus she then gives for the FISA warrant to surveil Paige was “we had gotten the information that I was trying to point out here that the Russians had made the overture, that they wanted to be able to assist the Trump campaign.” I’m surprised her bones didn’t break as she twisted herself into a pretzel. Sally Yates is a prevaricator.

  17. IJR needs to run a thread with Senator Hawley questioning Yates for the rest of the story.

  18. Democrats are circling the wagons. Deny, deny, deny over and over. The evidence is there, but they keep spewing BS. The only Russians that were involved in the election process were the ones that helped Steele compile the fake dossier on Trump for the Hillarrhoid’s campaign. I don’t believe that was to help Trump. Lying, cheating, corrupt Democrats. Another one lies to Congress.

  19. I was not surveilling the hen house said the fox to the chickens’ owner.

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