NY Times says DoJ IG report will ‘undercut’ Trump ‘wiretapping’ claim…that the NY Times reported in the first place
(TNS) We’ve said it before: When you lie for a living, it’s hard to keep up with your previous version of events.
In January 2017, the day of his inauguration, The New York Times reported that President Trump’s offices at Trump tower in NYC were “wiretapped” — that is, he was under electronic surveillance by the FBI.
Here’s the headline:
Subsequent reporting over the next several months would reveal a) this was “Spygate;” b) the operation was intended to keep Trump from office (and undermine him after he won); and c) everyone in the propaganda media knew about it.
Now, however, as Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is set to finally release his long-awaited report on all of this, deep staters seeking to blunt the reality of this massive Obama-led scandal are leaking out-of-context details, to, once again, protect the guilty.
And yes, The New York Times is dutifully playing its role.
On Wednesday, the propaganda rag reported that not only was Trump not “wiretapped,” but the FBI wasn’t trying to place “spies” in his campaign, either:
The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that the F.B.I. attempted to place undercover agents or informants inside Donald J. Trump’s campaign in 2016 as agents investigated whether his associates conspired with Russia’s election interference operation, people familiar with a draft of the inspector general’s report said.
The determination by the inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, is expected to be a key finding in his highly anticipated report due out on Dec. 9 examining aspects of the Russia investigation. The finding also contradicts some of the most inflammatory accusations hurled by Mr. Trump and his supporters, who alleged not only that F.B.I. officials spied on the Trump campaign but also at one point that former President Barack Obama had ordered Mr. Trump’s phones tapped. The startling accusation generated headlines but Mr. Trump never backed it up.
No, but the NY Times did. See headline graphic above.
The finding is one of several by Mr. Horowitz that undercuts conservatives’ claims that the F.B.I. acted improperly in investigating several Trump associates starting in 2016. He also found that F.B.I. leaders did not take politically motivated actions in pursuing a secret wiretap on a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page — eavesdropping that Mr. Trump’s allies have long decried as politically motivated.
F.B.I. officials started the investigation, code-named Crossfire Hurricane, in July 2016 after learning that a Russian intermediary had offered information that could damage Hillary Clinton to a Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos. The F.B.I. eventually began looking at four Trump campaign advisers who had ties to Russia, including Mr. Papadopoulos, and as law enforcement and intelligence officials were realizing the extent of the Kremlin’s ongoing campaign to sabotage the election.
He wasn't a spy…. he was hired by the FBI to secretly engage in conversations under false pretenses and then report back whatever he learned in those conversations.
But he wasn't a spy.
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) May 22, 2018
The F.B.I. was cognizant of being seen as interfering with a presidential campaign, and former law enforcement officials are adamant that they did not investigate the Trump campaign organization itself or target it for infiltration. But agents had to investigate the four advisers’ ties with Russia, and the people they did scrutinize all played roles in the Trump campaign.
Mr. Trump and his allies have pointed to some of the investigative steps the F.B.I. took as evidence of spying, though they were typical law enforcement activities. For one, agents had an informant, an academic named Stefan A. Halper, meet with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos while they were affiliated with the campaign.The president decried the revelation as an “all time biggest political scandal” when it emerged last year.
The F.B.I. did have an undercover agent who posed as Mr. Halper’s assistant during a London meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos in August 2016. And indeed, another Trump adviser, Peter Navarro, reportedly pushed Mr. Halper for an ambassadorship in the Trump administration.
This runs counter to everything we know for certain regarding Spygate.
This is pure propaganda and here’s what’s really going on: The Times is providing cover for the guilty.
When AG William Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham produce real evidence of lawbreaking in relation to Spygate, everyone will point to this story as ‘proof’ that Trump is just ‘getting even’ with his political enemies.
The damage Obama and the Left-wing media have done to our institutions is incalculable. It’ll take decades to repair their reputation and regain the public’s trust.
This article originally appeared at The National Sentinel and was republished with permission.
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