“I expect for the FBI to tell me what is going on, and they better have a good answer.”
It’s somewhat reassuring to learn that someone in a position of power is asking the most obvious yet largely ignored question regarding the resignation of Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
That is: Why were Flynn’s conversations with Russian diplomats being recorded in the first place?
Did agents have warrants authorizing these recordings? And who leaked them and why?
The Washington Post reports that:
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, (…) is conducting a review of Russian activities to influence the election. “The big problem I see here is that you have an American citizen who had his phone calls recorded.”
Nunes said he was dismayed that those recordings had leaked, citing a complex process for tapping communications involving U.S. citizens and then “unmasking” it for intelligence use.
This concern echoes those of the president himself:
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
Nunes said it was “very hard to believe” that Flynn was acting as “some sort of secret Russian agent.”
He also said he saw some hypocrisy in the response of Democrats to the Flynn recording.
“Where are all the privacy groups screaming now?” he asked.
And as for these concerns about “Russian influence,” why were conservatives the only ones to raise the alarm when, for example, former president Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech in Russia while he wife was Obama’s Secretary of State? The Clinton Crime Family seemed untouchable for their obvious sins, and yet innocent Republicans are attacked with impunity. Something has to change.
Source: Washington Post