Some further thoughts on the Levin/Breitbart/Trump accusations against President Obama:
If you read through the Breitbart summary of Levin’s charges, you’ll see that Levin is not actually accusing the Obama administration of breaking the law. According to Levin, the administration requested FISA permission for a wiretap of Trump last June; it was denied, and Levin does not claim the administration went ahead and installed a wiretap illegally. Instead, the administration supposedly returned to the FISA court in October with a revised wiretap request, which was granted; the wiretap was installed, but legally, with court permission.
Levin further charges that Obama broadened or stretched NSA and other government agency boundaries in order to “seed” incriminating evidence against Trump in order to preclude the new administration from suppressing or destroying it. Levin does not say this was illegal; he merely claims it was politically motivated and part of a silent, behind-the-scenes “coup” against the incoming President.
Thus far, then, even if we grant Levin’s claims for the sake of discussion, the Obama administration followed the law. It’s not as if Barack Obama is being accused of dispatching his own secret “plumbers” to clandestinely wiretap the Trump Building; in the Levin scenario, the administration honored due process and went through the courts for authorization, based on evidence already gathered through normal intelligence channels.
Which leads to this consideration: it shouldn’t be at all difficult to prove or disprove that much of Levin’s narrative. Either the FISA court(s) did or did not receive requests from the Obama White House to surveil Donald Trump; and those requests, if made, either were or were not granted. I’m fairly certain that Congress could find all this out within 24 hours, and I suggest that the appropriate members of Congress do so immediately. There are records kept of such things, you know.
Finally: if it turns out that the Obama administration did wiretap Donald Trump with authorization from a FISA court, then a full investigation is necessary in order to determine what the evidence was that supported such a wiretap in the first place. If Obama, acting out of purely political motives, somehow hoodwinked a FISA court with flimsy, manufactured evidence, then we deserve to know that and Obama needs to be held accountable.
If, on the other hand, the courts authorized a wiretap because there was genuine, credible evidence of Russian influence on the Trump campaign—well, we deserve to know that too.
And if, lastly and contra Mark Levin, there were no wiretaps or even wiretap requests by Obama against Trump: then Mark Levin and Donald Trump both owe Obama and this nation an apology, and Donald Trump ought to resign.
My god, has it only been six weeks since the inauguration?