The Washington Post Just Fact-Checked Trump Hard – W.H. In Recovery (DETAILS)


The Trump team is, in the words of The Washington Post‘s renowned fact-checking team, “determined to turn questions about Russian efforts to sway the presidential election into a probe about whether the Obama administration improperly spied on Trump campaign officials.” However, that effort is ludicrous and easily discernible as nothing more than a sick joke.

Trump first claimed that he was wiretapped by the Obama admin in a series of tweets back in the beginning of March, when he took a Breitbart opinion piece and made it out to be somehow indicative of a huge national security issue.

He wrote at the time:

‘Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!.. Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!’

No evidence has ever surfaced to support Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped, even though the Trump team has clung to the supposed legitimacy of the allegations ever since Trump first made them.

There has, lately, been a small stream of pieces of information that the Trump team has spun into supposed supports for Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped as a part of some sort of Democratic witch hunt against Russian interests in the U.S.

President Trump has acknowledged, at times, that he has ties to Russia, but he maintains that they are completely innocuous — even though Russia has been documented to have carried out cyberattacks against the DNC. There is substantive reason to believe that the Trump team was complicit in these efforts, with the FBI currently carrying out a criminal investigation into the allegations.

That’s all obviously very bad. The sitting president of the United States is under an ongoing FBI criminal investigation. It’s reasonable that Trump’s team is so eager to seize on the allegations that the Obama-era intelligence community carried out illegal surveillance in obtaining possibly incriminating information on the Trump team.

However, as The Washington Post points out in one of their latest fact checks, there simply is nothing there. There remains no indication that Trump team communications were illegally intercepted in intelligence gathering efforts at any point, and there remains no indication that Trump was wiretapped.

The Post uses a series of statements from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to illustrate their point.

Spicer has claimed that Evelyn Farkas has indicated to the press that Obama-era intelligence gathering efforts related to the Russia probe were “part of an attempt of the Obama administration to spread classified information.” He also claimed that she said that she feared that the Obama Administration was “watching the Trump staff.”

Quite simply, neither of those quotes are accurate. Farkas resigned from a position in the Obama administration over a year before the election took place.

Spicer also claimed, as Trump himself has done, that not only is Obama complicit in the “real” Russia scandal, but so is Hillary Clinton in that she supposedly sold off one-fifth of the United States uranium supply as part of “concession after concession” to Russia. Clinton, however, had no part of this non-existent sale.

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