WILL TRUMP BE FULLY “VINDICATED?”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 24, 2017) — On Friday morning’s “Fox & Friends,” co-hosts Pete Hegseth, Ainsley Earhardt, and Clayton Morris spoke with their Fox News colleague Tucker Carlson about a report initiated by Fox News White House correspondent James Rosen on Thursday alleging that a “smoking gun” could soon be released containing evidence of surveillance of the Trump transition team by the Obama regime.
According to this morning’s exchange, the National Security Agency (NSA) is expected to release documentation on Friday believed to show, based on Rosen’s sources, that Trump transition team members’ names as well as Trump’s could have been collected during surveillance activities between November 2016 and January 2017 and “unmasked” by the intelligence community.
Not yet mentioned by Fox News to this writer’s knowledge is whether or not the NSA’s expected release is based upon or includes revelations made by former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery as reported by his attorney, Larry Klayman, in a myriad of video broadcasts and written reports over at least the last 18 months.
In December 2013, Klayman won a landmark case against the NSA for having collected Verizon Business customers’ phone records without a warrant, among those Klayman’s. The case was filed after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden left the U.S. abruptly and provided documents to The Guardian in Hong Kong describing U.S. surveillance programs which collect virtually all emails and telephonic communications of Americans without their knowledge or probable cause of a crime.
The Post & Email reported extensively about Montgomery’s unwitting role in the civil-contempt trial of Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, which led to Klayman’s legal representation of Montgomery and Montgomery’s meeting more than 18 months ago with U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth about the data he said he collected on government surveillance.
Klayman has reported that since speaking to Lamberth, Montgomery testified for nearly three hours to two FBI agents in a secure setting and provided 47 hard drives and 600 million pages of documentation to support his claims.
Since that time, Klayman has been attempting to discover what action, if any, the FBI commenced as a result of Montgomery’s allegations. Thus far, Klayman has reported silence on the part of congressional leaders with reported knowledge of the matter.
On Thursday Klayman appeared on the Fox Business Network with Dierdre Bolton to discuss Montgomery’s claims of widespread government surveillance of Trump, his children, “156 judges,” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, and others.
Klayman recapped to Bolton his March 21 letter directed to Nunes and the entire House Intelligence Committee about Montgomery’s claims and suggested on air that the White House bring in Montgomery to receive his report.
“We’re prepared to bring Dennis in. They can listen to him in a secure room with security clearances, check out what he has to say. The FBI has all of this material,” Klayman told Bolton.
Klayman added that he perceives that FBI Director James Comey was not honest when he testified to the committee on Monday that he had not seen any evidence that Trump was “wiretapped.”
In a March 15 interview with Carlson, Trump said that during the next two weeks, some “interesting” information would be made public. The White House has maintained Trump’s position despite media ridicule and the charge that Trump has provided “no evidence” of his allegations.
On Wednesday, Nunes altered his original stance to say that he had seen some “troubling” evidence of surveillance of the Trump transition team which he described as “perhaps legal” but ethically questionable. Trump later said that he felt “somewhat vindicated” by Nunes’s revelation.
Klayman disagreed with Nunes’s description of the alleged activity, contending that it is “unconstitutional” and “illegal.”
An earlier interview with Bolton and Klayman on the same subject occurred on February 15.
Since Nunes’s more recent statement, speculation has arisen that Trump transition team members’ names were captured during legitimate surveillance of foreign-government operatives. According to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the names of “US persons” captured during surveillance of foreigners must be kept secret except among a very limited number of US intelligence agency personnel.
Prior to Trump’s inauguration, the name of his chosen national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was apparently leaked to The New York Times and The Washington Post by unnamed US intelligence personnel in an act which most in Congress agree is a federal-level felony based on existing law. Flynn was forced to resign after 24 days in his post after his leaked telephone calls with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition revealed an inconsistency between Flynn’s account of his conversations to Vice President Mike Pence and that which actually took place.
Trump has pledged to see that prosecution of the individual or individuals involved in the unmasking occurs. Some observers have suggested that a federal grand jury be impaneled in the near future to examine the evidence, which would begin the prosecution process as outlined in the Fifth Amendment.
In a press release on Friday morning, Klayman posted a portion of Rosen’s article alleging forthcoming “smoking gun” evidence with a headline of his own which reads, “Klayman: Smoking Gun Will Likely Confirm What My Client Dennis Montgomery Came Forward With to the FBI Under Grant of Immunity.”
Also on Thursday, Chris Farrell, Director of Investigations of the public-watchdog firm Judicial Watch discussed with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business what he termed the “mishandling” of information gathered during alleged surveillance of the Trump team. Farrell described the apparent undermining of Trump’s incoming administration as a “soft coup” conducted by the “deep state.”
Farrell speculated that the NSA revelations could dwarf the 1973 Watergate hearings which prompted the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon.