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NYT Report Confirms Obama Administration’s FBI Spied on Trump Campaign

NYT Report Confirms Obama Administration’s FBI Spied on Trump Campaign

Confirming everyone’s worst suspicions

And here it is.

The New York Times confirms Trump’s claims, which have been frequently dismissed by major media outlets as kooky and conspiratorial, true. Under the Obama administration, the intelligence community DOJ officials spied on Trump’s campaign.

Operation “Crossfire Hurricane” is what they called it. It was a super double secret operation that only a handful of agents and DOJ officials were aware of.

Agents, “obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena” and “at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos.”

The timing of the report is…suspect:

The NYT report briefly mentions the upcoming IG report in reference to text messages exchanged between agents Strzok and Page:

The inspector general’s upcoming report is expected to criticize those messages for giving the appearance of bias. It is not clear, however, whether inspectors found evidence supporting Mr. Trump’s assertion that agents tried to protect Mrs. Clinton, a claim the F.B.I. has adamantly denied.

The FBI was concerned Trump would be vindicated if the public found out they’d been spying on the now-president.


Kimberly Strassel, a reporter for the WSJ has a concise breakdown:

There are many apologies owed to the Trump family. None of which they’ll see in this lifetime.


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It’s not a swamp.

It’s a cesspool!

    JohnSmith100 in reply to rinardman. | May 16, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    People are clueless as to just how awful Washington DC and political hucksters are.

    n.n in reply to rinardman. | May 17, 2018 at 11:27 am

    It’s Water Closet.

    n.n in reply to rinardman. | May 17, 2018 at 11:28 am

    And it seems that Deep Plunger is still on the job.

    Seanoairborne in reply to rinardman. | May 17, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Why are all these lawless bastards still walking around free? I don’t get it? Where is the AG? I’m really ashamed of my Government for the first time in my life. And Trump better get off his asss too and order the Justice Dept to release everything, unredacted, they got on this Russian collusion BS. He has the authority all he has to do is give the order. I wonder why he’s hesitant to do this? He just seems to not want the truth to come out just like the GD Dumpacraps.

“Crossfire Hurricane” – from “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

    JPL17 in reply to Rab. | May 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Of course. It was the FBI’s way of signalling that the operation was approved by the Hildabeast herself.

    After all, although the first line of the first verse is, “I was born in a cross-fire hurricane”; the first line of the second verse is, “I was raised by a toothless bearded hag” …

The NY Times: Pravda on the Hudson. Nothing has changed since the end of the USSR. As long as there are Democrats, the USSR will live on.

    hrh40 in reply to Whitewall. | May 17, 2018 at 7:41 am

    “Nothing has changed” with the NYT since Alger Hiss/Whitaker Chambers in the 1930s and 1940s. Read “Witness” by Chambers.

    Nowadays substitute Obama for Hiss and Trump for Chambers.

    History repeats itself. Exactly.

    MattMusson in reply to Whitewall. | May 17, 2018 at 9:00 am

    I am waiting for someone to write – “What if the NYT covered Watergate the same way they cover the CIA/FBI’s domestic spying on the Trump Campaign for the Democratic Party.”

Colonel Travis | May 16, 2018 at 10:19 pm

Wonder when Mueller will start indicting Obama people/Democrats for trying to manipulate an election?

Oh, look at that. Can you believe I typed that crap? Haha! Hoo-boy. Mueller investi-HAHAHA-invest-HAHAHA I can’t even say it again. Inv-HAHAHAHA! WAIT! WAIT! It’s hard to even…HAHAHAHAHA! Like he’s ever gonna look at Demo-HAHAHAHAHAHA, OMG I can’t breathe! HAHAHAHAHA!

so was Trump Deranged FBI/DoJ secret spying “Crossfire Hurricane” the ‘insurance policy’?? asking for a friend

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to mathewsjw. | May 17, 2018 at 1:44 am

    I’m pretty sure that the “Insurance Policy” in the event of the failure of Operation Crossfire Hurricane was/is a plan to have one or more “lone gunmen” [the traditional phrase in this country] change the makeup of the US government. Look at the people we are dealing with. Killing Americans does not faze them a bit. They already are traitors to the Oath. And more loyal to foreign interests than American.

      tom_swift in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | May 17, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Yes, I hear only one thing when I read “insurance policy” and that’s it. Though I have a feeling that an unfortunate aviation mishap is more maybe likely than lead poisoning. Plans are doubtless afoot in dank, swampy places.

      They’re mortally terrified of something, even if it’s not clear exactly what. I suspect it involves more than just those Washington perennials, money and control. Hillary’s fear of nooses around necks may not have been hyperbole.

      herm2416 in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | May 17, 2018 at 7:41 am

      The House softball practice game is a perfect example. Look at the number of Republicans who could have been taken out.

G. de La Hoya | May 16, 2018 at 10:22 pm

Pretty sad state of affairs. This will be standard operating procedures for the rest of my life. I would really like to see some heads roll, especially that jughead with the big ears and his Iranian girlfriend 🙂

So it’s a “modified limited hangout” story?

Funny, but, as I recall, the press was pretty upset about Nixon spying on his political enemies and using the FBI to cover it up. Now, not so much. I wonder what could be different?

With apologies to Tom Wolf…

The mantle of Tyrant is always descending on Trump but landing on Obama.

And does it seem like the Never Trumpers make themselves scarce or feeble in these kind of threads.

Let’s play another round of ARE YOU AN AMERICAN?

100 Americans were asked if they support an outgoing President using the FBI to spy on the incoming President.

We’re looking for the #1 answer. Team NeverTrump has selected Rags to field this one. What say you Rags?

The time of Judge approved warrants are over. We must use this to get our government back.

So what will the NYT say when Trump admin does this to any number of deserving democratic opponents?

We need to abolish the FBI and start over from scratch.

Can you imagine how wackadoo tinfoil crazy that would have sounded just 6 months ago?

Shout out to any honorable FBI agents left in the building, I get why it’s hard for you to police your organization, but we are fast approaching the point where staring down at your shoelaces is no better than the evil you are enabling.

Act soon or the Corruption will pull you down with it.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to Fen. | May 17, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Shout out to any honorable FBI agents left in the building, I get why it’s hard for you to police your organization, but we are fast approaching the point where staring down at your shoelaces is no better than the evil you are enabling.

    I think we are past that phase. For several decades, the corrupt ones have been deciding who gets hired and promoted. The absolute silence from the rank and file from 2016 on is damning. It is kind of like members of the Allegemeine-SS claiming no knowledge of or involvement in the activities of the SS-Totenkopfverbände.

      I’m afraid you are right. I’ve been very slow admitting just how bad it is. The corruption of the FBI is systemic. Mueller is the kind of man it produces.

      Maybe I was naive or idealistic. I thought of these guys as Boy Scouts with laser rifles.

      Remember in the movies when an agent would walk into the room and say “John Smith, FBI” and everyone in the room would pause to look up and witness the Jedi in their midst, like he was a Texas Ranger? Those days are over. Really sad. And an own goal for the rule of law.

      “I’m talking about a dishonest cop – a crooked cop who got mixed up in the rackets and got what was coming to him” – Micheal Corleone

        amwick in reply to Fen. | May 17, 2018 at 6:28 am

        I am naive. I am deeply saddened. For a long time I suggested to my nephew that he consider the FBI. Smart, strong, good guy, now I am glad that he is doing IT for a new and growing engineering firm… SMH.

Another limited hangout.

VaGentleman | May 16, 2018 at 11:08 pm

If Trump had lost, not one word of this would have ever seen the light of day. The deep state would have burrowed deeper. Talk about a close thing.

    murkyv in reply to VaGentleman. | May 17, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Not this part of it anyway.

    But you can bet your sweet bippy that a President Pantsuit would have used the full power of the government to prosecute to prosecute Trump with the fake information.

    The Clintons have never been happy with just beating someone politically.

    They want their political opponents personally and financially destroyed.

    The Clintons live by The Politics Of Personal Destruction

We ain’t seen nothing yet. When will the MSM and associated establishment pols call this the attempted coup it is? Popcorn.

I stated a year ago that the fact that the Federal government had spied on the Trump campaign was going to be bigger than Watergate. It is already at that point and we still have not even gotten to the evidence that it was known to, and very possibly authorized by, the Obama white House and, possibly, by the President himself.

This is not the end of the matter. It is only the beginning. And it has to be followed as far as it goes.

“The [FBI] has been turned away from the mission of Justice and now exists almost entirely to serve as the Armed Wing of the Democrat Party.” – Ace of Spades

Ain’t nobody here but us chickens!

Ain’t nobody here but us chickens!

It seems that Trump’s nominee for head of the CIA, Gina Haspel, was station chief in London while Papadopolous was being set up.

Our government spied on the campaign of the presidential nominee of a major party. That is incredible all by itself.

Surely our ethical and apolitical federal law enforcement officers had good cause to suspect some threat to national security or some serious criminal activity to do such a thing. Right?


Well, then their activities must have been directed from the highest levels with the knowledge and approval of the President. Right?

Not according to Obama.

They were spying on the potential next POTUS and Obama didn’t even know???


    myiq2xu in reply to myiq2xu. | May 17, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Assume you are the FBI Director. How do you conduct an investigation of the GOP nominee (or his inner circle) without the full knowledge and express approval of the President? Is there any scenario where that makes sense?

      kenoshamarge in reply to myiq2xu. | May 17, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Ah, let me think – No!

      venril in reply to myiq2xu. | May 17, 2018 at 9:45 am

      O: Will no one rid me of this meddlesome person?
      C: Gotcha boss, nudge nudge, say no more, wink, wink.

      Fast Forward
      O: We never ordered anyone to spy on THAT man.

        DaveGinOly in reply to venril. | May 17, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        Although there are “true believers” who operate in furtherance of a leader’s agenda without receiving specific orders, these people tend to be foot soldiers, at a distance from the seat of power (e.g. Lois Lerner). This permits plausible deniability.

        When the true believers are as close to the center of the universe as some of these actors are, even their “true believer” status is unlikely to lead them to act without authorization, because they are too close to the principles to permit deniability. This make orchestration more likely, because principles wouldn’t tolerate such activity by lone gunmen so close that its exposure would threaten them directly. People in high circles wait for orders/permission, because everybody needs to be on the same page or they’re all at risk (e.g. Fast and Furious). This group hoped to minimize or eliminate the risk with a Clinton victory. Their heads have been exploding since the Clinton loss.

So will Congress start holding people at FBI and DoJ in contempt NOW? Maybe an impeachment or 3, just for grins?

No. I don’t think so either. I wish I could believe they would do SOMETHING meaningful but I’m just not that new.

When will a courageous Democrat finally come forth and speak against the corruption that occurred.

Too many invested personally in Obama and are unable to face the truth about how he acted, and how he made things worse and gave us Trump, because of what it says about them and their judgment.

Obama was able to hide who he was. His brand of corruption rubbed off well on Clinton. How fortunate she lost and the facts will come to light. There is far to go before the effects are truly reversed. When you deal with people convinced you’re irredeemable, you can’r expect they will ever succumb to facts and reason.

Ann in L.A. | May 17, 2018 at 2:15 am

Once again, the right side of the political spectrum sucks when it comes to properly phrasing things. The left understands much better how to frame things.

This isn’t just “the DOJ” or “the FBI”, like these were rogue agents acting independently of the White House. These were Obama’s people, appointed by him, consulted by him, and working for him. Who was head of the DOJ again? Oh, yeah, the woman who met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac while Comey, the cop, was overstepping his authority to make a legal judgement that DOJ lawyers were supposed to be making. The right has to stop referring to these agencies–including the IRS with its scandals–as somehow floating above Washington, untouched by the White House. Every time the DOJ is mentioned, it should be phrased: “Obama appointees within the DOJ.” Every time the FBI is mentioned, it should be “Obama appointees within the FBI.”

I appreciate all of the outrage here, and I agree with it, but the biggest issue is that the far left is now conducting ALL their business this way.

They have no connection to the American values and principles we do at all.

The voter fraud is out of control on the Dem side, the use of OUR OWN government to attack and silence their opponents truly is the communist tactic they’re using, the willingness to use ‘nuclear option’ in Congress when they have majority, the unrelenting and constant irresponsibility coupled with unaccountability….

I’m not much for conspiracy theories but what these far left communist Democrats are doing countrywide is treason in broad daylight…with no fear of being challenged.

We can not play by the rules anymore with them.

Oh, and I love how these jackasses think that transparency will damage respect for institutions like the FBI.

“I only lied about cheating on you because I didn’t want to lose your trust”

Fire them all.

So what we now know and what an honest headline should say… “Obama administration, FBI colluded with British and Russian sources to stop Trump”

They have now told on themselves with a soft spin article in NYT. Trump has been right to let it play out.

So, the government spied, and the media (most of it) helped them every step of the way. Media was part of this, in a big way.

And where is Jeff Sessions?

Get out the Handcuffs and Prison Orange Jumpsuits, otherwise NO American citizen should EVER be charged with any crimes because of the INCOMPETENCE of the Fumbling Bumbling Idiots – FBI !!!

bobinreverse | May 17, 2018 at 7:50 am

Hardly surprising that Barry was behind all this stuff.

What is surprising is that Barry did not do more since Trump won.

Bet Kamala or Cory or Pocahontas or maybe Opra or Michelle won’t be as timid in future.

Now the problem will be to find someone with the balls to identify, prosecute and imprison every POS involved with this disgustingly anti-American OP.

“Not even a “smidgen” of corruption.”

Barack Obama 2/3/2014

    dmi60ex in reply to cwon14. | May 17, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    How do you define Smidgen ??/

    My take John Brennan made this crap up and convinced Comey that it was real.
    Remember, Comey wanted to do an Op ed about the Russian influence and O said no.
    I really believe people like Evelyn Farkas and others were taken in and fooled .
    Strzoks texts indicate he was all in at first but later said there was no there there .

    He played to their confirmation bias and the only thing harder than fooling people is for them to admit they were fooled .

OK. First, the tweet about Schneiderman in 2013. Then, in 2017, the assertion that he was wiretapped, easily understood as spied upon.

Is there anything the President does not know?

regulus arcturus | May 17, 2018 at 10:18 am

“Beyond the pale” is the accurate description here, outside of known law and mores.

This story is an attempt to frame the discussion for the upcoming IG report which will be much worse than this half-fictional story, falsely portraying FBI as secretive heroes.

As Buck Sexton posted earlier, we are now at the “I was sure he was guilty so I dropped a gun with his prints on it at the crime scene” level of deep state anti-Trump scheming.

healthguyfsu | May 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

Hey Yellow Chicken just saying hi…lurker.

It is believed that Stephen Halper was a classmate of Bill Clinton. He did work for the Clinton administration. Looks like they know each other well since Oxford.

A Google News search for “crossfire hurricane” yields only stories about where the name came from.

I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag, — Jumpin Jack Flash

Who knew there was a reference to Hillary Clinton ?