ARPAIO CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT CLAIMED GOVERNMENT SPYING ON TRUMP YEARS AGO
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 4, 2017) — On Saturday morning, President Donald J. Trump tweeted that former White House occupant Barack Hussein Obama was involved in wiretapping his activities prior to the November 8, 2016 election.
The claims were widely discussed on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends program as well as the announcement that former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be leaving the Trump-created NBC show “The Celebrity Apprentice” after less than a year.
Trump appeared to respond to the morning show’s Schwarzenegger coverage by issuing a subsequent tweet stating that Schwarzenegger garnered poor ratings after Trump departed the show in 2015 to run for president.
Trump remained executive producer during the campaign and after his election as 45th President of the United States.
Schwarzenegger reportedly claimed that viewers were dismayed when they saw Trump’s name on the program credits. Schwarzenegger had made it clear during the presidential campaign that he was not a Trump supporter, although Trump wished him well as the new star of the television show in which Trump became famous for abruptly telling contestants, “You’re fired!”
Trump’s tweets on Saturday are not the first claim that the Obama regime and those preceding him conducted potentially unlawful spying on private citizens. In late 2013, former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery reportedly approached then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio and informed him that more than 150,000 county residents had had their bank account information breached by government operatives. Arpaio then hired Montgomery as a confidential informant to assemble the evidence to prove his claims.
In a number of recent videos, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch Larry Klayman, who came to represent Montgomery, reiterated Montgomery’s claims that government surveillance was conducted on U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts; Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; 156 other judges, including U.S. District Court for the District of Washington, DC Judge Royce C. Lamberth; Donald Trump as a private citizen, and Klayman himself.
Klayman has stated that Montgomery possesses documentation of government surveillance which is even more compelling than that which was released to The Guardian in June 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
A nexus between Montgomery’s work as Arpaio’s confidential informant and an investigation done on the image posted by the Obama White House on April 27, 2011 purported to be Obama’s long-form birth certificate was formed when Arpaio’s lead investigator into the birth certificate image, Mike Zullo, provided oversight of Montgomery’s work for Arpaio.
Zullo worked on a volunteer basis, although Montgomery reportedly performed a forensic analysis of the birth certificate image. His conclusions have not yet been made public.
During testimony in November 2015 in a civil case brought against Arpaio, Zullo disclosed that the presiding judge, U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow, was also a victim of information-harvesting by the government. Snow curiously did not appear concerned that his personal information might have been collected illegally.
According to Klayman, approximately 18 months ago Montgomery turned over 600 million pages of documentation to the FBI, and Klayman is now attempting to discover the status of any investigation which might be under way. Klayman explained that Lamberth acted as a facilitator by contacting the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker, to arrange for Montgomery to interview with FBI agents.
After his approximately three hours of video-taped testimony, according to Klayman, Montgomery received two immunity agreements for production and testimony, respectively, to which Zullo has also referred in interviews with this publication.
In several of his videos, Klayman has suggested that the capturing of potentially damaging information on Roberts could have influenced his unexpected opinion issued in June 2012 on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In June 2015, Roberts again sided with the “liberal” justices to upholding Obamacare’s federal healthcare exchange.
After the 2012 Supreme Court opinion was announced upholding the law as constitutional if the individual mandate were considered a tax, CBS News reported that Roberts’s ideological cohorts on the court noted that Roberts abruptly changed his position without explanation approximately 30 days before the opinion was issued. The four “conservative” members of the court who had expected Roberts to vote with them in ruling the individual mandate unconstitutional were completely mystified at Roberts’s reported about-face.
After the 2012 elections, Rep. Steve King told radio host Glenn Beck that he and other Republicans were aware that their movements on the Internet were tracked during the campaign cycle.
In his tweets on Saturday morning, Trump likened the alleged wiretapping to President Richard Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal in which Democrat operatives’ hotel rooms were “bugged” for information during the 1972 presidential campaign cycle in which Nixon sought re-election.
Intelligence leaks have been occurring since Trump took office and possibly before, causing Trump’s first national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, to resign on February 13. For the last two weeks, protesters at congressional town hall meetings have reportedly been coordinated by left-leaning disciples of Organizing for Action, Obama’s political-action committee, which reportedly has tens of thousands of members intent on dismantling the Trump agenda.
Last Tuesday, Trump had made the claim to Fox & Friends that “he believes former President Barack Obama and his top aides are behind the protests and leaks that have tormented the new administration – and he doesn’t expect it to stop anytime soon.”
On January 6, 2017, Klayman issued a video in which he stated that the U.S. government intelligence agencies were leaking information to the mainstream press, specifically naming former CIA Director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence (NDI) James Clapper. Of the intelligence agencies, Klayman said, “They have the ability to gather information – in effect, dirt – on virtually anybody in this country, and smear them. It’s a type of coercion; it’s a potential blackmail. We know from a client of Freedom Watch, Dennis Montgomery, who is a CIA/NSA contractor, that John Brennan, James Clapper, and others in the intelligence community were harvesting the confidential information of 156 judges, including the Supreme Court justice, Justice Ginsberg, prominent businessmen, most likely Donald Trump himself, and others, over the last many years. They were doing this illegally in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution…”
Klayman said at that time that he had encouraged Trump’s “intermediaries” to contact FBI Director James Comey to obtain an update on any investigation the FBI might be conducting into Montgomery’s claims. Klayman said he also approached Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and others, for a status report.
On February 14, Klayman was Deirdre Bolton’s guest on the Fox Business Channel to discuss reports of government spying, including those made by Montgomery, which are not fully disclosed based on their classified nature.
Last week, several Democrats called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after claiming that Sessions was not honest in his confirmation hearings about his contacts with Russian officials. However, some of the same congressmen making the claims about Sessions have also, contrary to their claims, met in their official capacities with Russian officials as shown in authenticated photos.
A January 11, 2017 report at National Review, which was hostile and ridiculing of Trump during the campaign, reports that a warrant was obtained by Obama’s FBI to gather information from a private server in Trump Tower last fall after first being rejected by the FISA court earlier in 2016.
Although the Arpaio/Zullo investigation reported in March 2012 that the Obama long-form birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery,” neither Congress nor the media launched an investigation. During a presser in December, Zullo reported that two forensic analysis firms agreed, as a result of nine points of forgery identified in the Obama long-form image, that it cannot possibly be authentic.
Why the White House would have released a forgery of a birth record of a sitting president has not yet been addressed.
On Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported:
Barack Obama is turning his new home in the posh Kalorama section of the nation’s capital – just two miles away from the White House – into the nerve center of the mounting insurgency against his successor, President Donald J. Trump.
Obama’s goal, according to a close family friend, is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment.
None of those sources have as yet reported the findings that the birth certificate image is a forgery. However, growing evidence exists that many in the U.S. media are actively pursuing an anti-Trump agenda.