Distraction and misdirection . . .

Sean Spicer cites various REPORTERS of NEWS (like Hannity) as EVIDENCE to prove the President’s allegations that Obama tapped his Tower last October.

http://deadline.com/2017/03/sean-spicer-donald-trump-wiretap-senate-no-evidence-1202044860/

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer went with stout denial in his press briefing today after the speaker of the House, the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman and the ranking Democrat on the committee all said they had seen zip, evidence-wise, in re President Donald Trump’s charge he was wiretapped by President Obama during the campaign.

“He stands by it,” Spicer said, chin out, when asked if Trump stood by his tweet-nado of nearly two weeks ago when he said he’d been wiretapped by Obama at his Trump Tower office. Wednesday night, however, Trump had walked back the wiretap thing, saying the expression is old-fashioned — and besides, he’d used it in quotation marks so it should not be taken literally.

Spicer, meanwhile, insisted the Intelligence Committee’s statement issued today is a progress report, not the final word, because “they have yet to go through the information.” He then filibustered for a while, reading from a pile of news-outlet clips that showed intelligence agencies’ interest in Trump’s activities, though none of them corroborated Trump’s actual Twitter claim.

“You were just quoting Sean Hannity there,” CNN’s Jim Acosta marveled, which Spicer dismissed as “cherry-picking.”

Things got pretty hot, causing Spicer at one point to snap at a member of the press to “Calm down!” though his voice had gone up nearly as many octaves. Offense being the best defense, Spicer began asking questions of the press in the room: “Where was your passion, where was your concern when the committees said there was no connection to Russia? You choose not to cover that … you want to perpetuate a false narrative.”

He also insisted that media outlets had not reported when, one day earlier, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said it is possible Trump staffers might have been surveilled via “incidental” collection of information. Thursday, the House Intel Committee was saying it had yet to see any evidence of wiretapping but had not yet closed the books out any and all forms of surveillance.

For his evidence, the POTUS is misconstruing a story he read in the New York Times, a news outlet he has referred to both as “failing” and as a “national treasure.”

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who has been one of the few defenders of Trump’s claims, made clear that there is zero evidence to suggest Trump Tower was wiretapped, the Washington Post reports.  He said he doesn’t believe any evidence exists.

U.S. intelligence agencies apparently picked up Flynn’s call as part of routine surveillance on Russian officials, and the contents leaked despite laws that normally mask the identities of Americans swept up by eavesdropping of foreign targets. Flynn resigned after the transcript showed he had misled people such as Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump followed that flap by launching his evidence-free tweetstorm accusing former President Barack Obama of personally ordering a wiretap of Trump Tower.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/government-cybersecurity-libertarians-trump-wiretapping-235953

President Trump said Wednesday that he would fight “to the Supreme Court” a new judicial ruling blocking his revised immigration and travel ban — and then, adding confusion, suggested he might proceed in the courts with the more stringent ban he first signed.  http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-vows-to-appeal-ruling-against-his-1489626832-htmlstory.html

The judges (six have reached identical conclusions) are saying that the intent of the EO is to target and block people based on their creed and/or religion.  

It is unprecedented for a court to consider campaign rhetoric as evidence but never before has a candidate explicitly vowed to target and block a specific group of people based on their religion — which violates the Constitution.  The court has a right to consider ‘motives’ and ‘intent’ and if motives and intentions have surfaced in our election process that have never surfaced before because of Trump, then because of Trump the courts are have a right and obligation to consider them.

British intelligence officials angrily slapped down claims that President Donald Trump had been under surveillance by GCHQ during his election campaign, after they were repeated by the White House.

The UK’s usually tight-lipped electronic intelligence agency broke with its convention of not formally commenting on intelligence matters after Sean Spicer, Mr Trump’s press secretary, repeated the claims of a Fox News analyst that Barack Obama, the former president, had used GCHQ to do his dirty work. “There’s no question that there were surveillance techniques used,” Mr Spicer said from the White House briefing room podium as he read aloud a series of media reports, which he argued backed up the president’s claims.

https://www.ft.com/content/ee7663bc-0a7d-11e7-97d1-5e720a26771b

The Brits are saying claims from the WH on this should be ignored.

No one has been able to figure out what Trump hopes to accomplish with all of this unless it’s merely more of his usual tactics of distraction and misdirection.

 

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