Levin: Media Won't Investigate Its Own Reporting
Mark Levin joined Sean Hannity’s eponymous Fox News Channel program to elaborate on his ongoing calls for congressional inquiry into allegations of Barack Obama’s partisan weaponization of intelligence agencies against Donald Trump as a presidential candidate and president-elect.
Levin pointed to reporting from The New York Times alleging that “wiretapped communications [had] been provided to the White House” during the last months of the Obama administration in the context of a “broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and President-elect Donald J. Trump [and his transition team].”
Levin noted the breadth of the federal government's investigation of Trump and his campaign-turned-transition team as per reporting from The New York Times and McClatchy. Such a broad investigation, if existing, must have at least come to Obama's attention:
"We know that if a FISA warrant was secured it's very likely in [Barack Obama's] daily intelligence briefing, or in a call from his attorney general, or the director of the FBI, he president would be given a heads up.
Based on these reports, [there's all kinds of] investigative activities going on. McClatchy reported on the agencies involved: the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. I assume Obama knew something, I mean unless he's Helen Keller... That's a hell of a lot of agency resources. Those are a hell of a lot of investigators."
Levin noted that wiretapping of electronic communications as part of a "broad investigation" - as reported to have occurred by news media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and McClatchy - by federal authorities into allegations of nefarious relationships between the Russian government and Trump and his campaign-turned-transition would certainly have been known about by Obama's top intelligence advisor James Clapper:
"Didn't Mr. Clapper say there were no FISA orders issued?
If Clapper says there was no FISA order... then what the hell are we talking about? The means they didn't have enough information for probable cause to get a warrant for investigation in front of the FISA court. So, what's the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network investigating? What are these wiretaps that The New York Times is talking about?"
Various news media outlets, said Levin, were struggling with internal contradictions. One the one hand, they published reports of wide-ranging federal surveillance of Trump and his campaign-turned-transition teams. On the other hand, they scoffed at any allegation of Obama directing such surveillance:
"You have no basis for all these investigations. Now they’re saying, ‘Wait a minute, we didn’t have a FISA warrant. We didn’t do these wiretaps, eavesdropping, electronic surveillance.' Now the media are completely confounded.
Which is it? Were there FISA warrants or not? If there weren’t, why didn’t you report that weeks ago? If there are, some of us would like to see them. So we have a real problem, right now. The media’s turning on the media. We have leaks coming out that are felonies. We have stories about six federal departments and agencies - intelligence and law enforcement - that were investigating something, somebody, by somehow. So what’s the answer? That’s why we need to get to the bottom of this.
I have a question. Why all the investigations? Is there any evidence? Was there any evidence, a scintilla of evidence, at all that Trump, his campaign advisors, and his transition team were on the take? Then why are six federal departments and agencies involved in an investigation, and now Clapper says he doesn’t know anything?"
Levin noted the disinterest of left-wing news media outlets and their personalities in investigating Obama's potential abuses of power via weaponization of federal intelligence agencies in pursuit of partisan political objectives.
“Why are the media so lackadaisical and not curious?” asked Levin, indirectly pointing to MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Joe Scarborough. "Why aren't CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and all the rest of them - why aren't they concerned about this? Rather than mock the president and his tweet, pay attention to what your own reporters and other reporters are saying."
This past Sunday, former Director of National Intelligence for Barack Obama claimed to be unaware of any federal government surveillance of electronic communications of Trump as the Republican presidential nominee or as president-elect:
“I will say that for the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, or [him] as a candidate, or against his campaign.”
Levin first took his case to television on yesterday’s Fox & Friends, pointing to reporting from outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe suggesting partisan weaponization of intelligence agencies - presumably at the direction of Obama - against Trump’s presidential campaign and transition team.
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