The Ides of March are going to be especially interesting this year. First, we have the expiration of the US government debt ceiling deal from last fall. The government will lose the ability to issue debt, be reduced to around $200 billion or so, and likely run out of money to spend in early June. In addition to that, Trump is going to have to release whatever hard, physical data he has about the wiretaps on him.
Martin Armstrong explains it here.
It is cleat that there was a June 2016 FISA request by the Obama administration to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. That request, uncharacteristically, is denied as too broad. The rumor is that the Court was very concerned this was a witch hunt by Obama without any evidence that was akin to Watergate.
Then in October 2016 before the election, the Obama administration submitted a new request that was more narrow to the FISA court which targeted a computer server in Trump Tower they alleged would show links to Russian banks. No such evidence was found and indeed it was a witch-hunt. However, the wiretaps continued claiming it was for national security to try to distinguish this from Watergate.
My comments are below.
In the real world, Trump can’t do anything to Obama no matter what his administration did. If you think the Snowflakes and the Democrats are fired up now, just watch what happens if formal criminal charges are laid against Obama. It might very well take down the entire governmental system and unleash massive riots in our major cities for months. Further, Obama knows this and will likely laugh off any Trump threats to hold him accountable, like a special prosecutor, or congressional investigations. It would be the political equivalent of too big to fail, or too dangerous to do.
Trump must have a physical copy of the actual FISA warrants, plus the application, with names on it, of who requested the warrant. Now those underlings are certainly vulnerable to criminal sanctions. Soros is almost certainly involved and subject to criminal sanctions. The news the politicians are now going after the DOJ slush fund indicates they are sniffing around the edges of the scandal looking for a way in, without going after Obama directly.
We are on the edge of a constitutional crisis much worse than Watergate every was. This is/was the use of anti-terror courts for a political reason that is patently illegal and unconstitutional.
Yep, the tidal wave of fecal material on this one is 100 meters high, and moving at the speed of sound. The only real question is how much of the “system” will be left after it hits. Combined with the Pizzagate scandal we are talking a total collapse of government credibility. The consent of the governed is at risk here. Trump must have the hard physical evidence or else he wouldn’t have thrown the hand grenade. He is going to have to put up or shut up, and if he doesn’t have it, his administration will be fatally damaged. If he uses it, he may take down the entire government, and if he doesn’t he will destroy his administration. I think he must have it, and must be willing to use it, which will trigger a constitutional crisis. Trump must have finally figured out he is facing a unified, well planned, well funded, coherent campaign to overthrow the 2016 election results and either impeach him, or render him impotent. Since he has now, apparently, figured that out, he is willing to go nuclear and leave the body parts where they fall.
The March 15th date, the Ides of March, is significant because it is when the debt ceiling expires. It could also be significant because he will release the FISA warrant data too, which would be a double whammy.
NO increase in the debt ceiling would trigger an economic crisis, and release of his facts would trigger a constitutional crisis.
Obama’s “denial” was parsed in legal boilerplate jargon that tells me Trump was indeed tapped. The key issue is whether FISA felt it had probable cause to issue the wiretap order and did so, or whether Obama/ Clapper etc just went ahead and did it anyway, or let it run after they figured out there was no contact between Trump and the Russian banks.
The Russians have a saying: The more you stir a compost pile the more it stinks.