Top-rated conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh had a blast "tweaking" the media on Tuesday over bombshell reports that the Obama administration did indeed "wire tap" Team Trump.
"These people are eating and choking on crow," said Limbaugh, who was clearly enjoying every minute of another media face-plant. "It’s yet another example where Trump was right," he added, yet "they mocked, they laughed at, they made fun of" him.
On Monday, CNN blew up its own narrative that President Trump's claim in March that "Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower" was an unhinged, unfounded slander of President Obama's impeccable administration. The network's report on Monday confirmed information revealed months ago by multiple outlets (and spelled out by Mark Levin) that the Obama administration had used FISA warrants to monitor Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort both before and after the election.
On Tuesday, Limbaugh provided some hilarious/painful highlights of members of the "drive-bys" trying to figure out how to re-spin the narrative. He began with The New York Times' David "Rodham" Gergen's appearance on Anderson Cooper 360 Monday night. Here's the excerpt of the exchange Rush played:
RUSH: So last night, Anderson Cooper 360 spoke with David “Rodham” Gergen about the New York Times report that federal agents wiretapped Manafort. And during the discussion, Cooper and Gergen have this little exchange.
COOPER: I assume he could now say, “Well, look, you know, there was some wiretapping going on.”
GERGEN: There … (laughing). Well, there was wiretapping under a federal court order, I mean, federal court approval. And with top Justice Department officials and his own Justice Department it appears may be since the Obama team, that — that okay, we’ll have to — to wait and see.
"David 'Rodham' Gergen rendered speechless temporarily over the idea that Trump was right," exclaimed Limbaugh before breaking into a brutal imitation of the clearly exasperated Gergen:
LIMBAUGH: “There was — well, there was wiretapping, a federal court order. I mean, the federal court of approval —” There is no federal court of approval, unless I missed something. These people have a federal court of approval? He says (imitating Gergen), “A federal court of approval, top Justice Department officials in his own Justice Department, I mean, it appeared maybe just the Obama team, maybe that that that that that that that that okayed it, we’ll have to wait.”
The radio host finally broke character and remarked, "These people are eating and choking on crow. It’s yet another example where Trump was right, they mocked, they laughed at, they made fun of."
Up next from the playlist was CNN's New Day from Tuesday morning, where another New York Times reporter, Maggie Haberman (yes, this Maggie Haberman), tried to do damage control with host Alisyn Camerota:
CAMEROTA: It sounds like the president was right. If Paul Manafort has residence in Trump Tower and Paul Manafort was being surveilled and wiretapped, Trump Tower was wiretapped.
HABERMAN: No, it was not. I’m sorry —
CAMEROTA: How do you know?
HABERMAN: Well, I don’t know, but I know that what we know so far does not indicate that Trump Tower, my lines, as he put it, unless you are saying that he owns every single thing in Trump Tower.
CAMEROTA: Yeah, that is what he’s saying.
Limbaugh had some fun at Haberman's word-parsing expense.
"Would you look at how these people are having to pretzel themselves into various positions to still try to deny that what Trump said was right," he said. "Trump’s campaign manager was wiretapped. Trump’s campaign manager has an apartment in Trump Tower. In that apartment are phone lines. That’s what was tapped. And who knows, there might have been microphones placed around the apartment itself. You don’t know."
Then came Limbaugh's flashback of James Comey's statement, under oath, that Obama had not wiretapped Trump.
COMEY: With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice in all of its components. Department has no information that supports those tweets.
Sure sounds like perjury — unless Comey's very precise phrasing "directed at" Trump will save him. Limbaugh did not come out and accuse Comey of outright perjury, but he did raise the question through the next highlight from Fox Business Network:
JUDGE NAPOLITANO: How could Jim Comey not know of it if his own FBI had obtained it and it went back to 2014, was dropped for a few months and then picked up again in 2015 when Donald Trump announced he was running for president?
MARIA BARTIROMO: So did he lie under oath?
NAPOLITANO: The facts as they came out this morning are inconsistent with what he told the Senate. It makes you wonder if this was an intelligence style wiretap to which Valerie Jarrett and Susan Rice had access. Were they doing this so that they could tell Mrs. Clinton what Donald was going to do next in the campaign? That of course would be a very, very serious felony.
Clearly, Napolitano feels that at very least a more thorough investigation is called for in light of the new revelations.
Limbaugh ended the segment by summing up the sequence of events and asking: How are the DOJ and FBI going to explain how they did not know about the wiretapping of Manafort?
"They testified under oath, Comey did, they didn’t know," he said. "Is it some renegade in a back office at a super cubicle that nobody knew was doing the wiretaps? Some renegade rogue agent in the FBI who had it in for Trump? Is that what they’re gonna tell us down the road somewhere? I can’t wait for this explanation."
Partial transcript via RushLimbaugh.com.