The Conservative Watchdog Group, Judicial Watch, filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the NSA, FBI and CIA to determine which Obama hack ordered General Michael Flynn’s phone calls be wiretapped.
Judicial Watch is planning to sue these agencies if they don’t hand over the records pertaining to these wire tapping. The watchdog group filed the FOIA requests several weeks ago, and they will file lawsuits next week if they do not get the records by then. The group’s goal is to find out if there was ever a warrant allowing the U.S. government to wiretap Flynn’s phone calls, and if so, who requested it and why.
“If you have a warrant, attached to the warrant 99 percent of the time, there is an affidavit, a sworn declaration normally by a law enforcement officer or senior official,” said the group’s Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell. The leaks, which took place in December, led to Flynn’s resignation on Monday because they contradicted public assertions by Vice President Michael Pence that Flynn had never discussed sanctions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said that this kind of wiretapping would only be legal if intelligence agencies obtained a warrant or happened upon the conversation while investigating a foreign official, but he added it’s “pretty clear” that no such warrant was obtained . It’s pretty clear that’s not the case,” he said. “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn … To listen to an American’s phone call you would have to go to a court, there’d be all that paperwork there. So I’m guessing that doesn’t exist.”
Farrell told reporters that he thinks “embedded political operatives within the various agencies and departments” are likely responsible for the leaked Flynn call.
“You’ve got political appointees who converted to civil service slots,” he said. “There’s a legion of Sally Yates out there…at lower levels or at different departments and agencies who are either overtly or subversively attempting to undermine not just Gen. Flynn and aiming at President Trump.”
“It’s an incremental attack. They will try to pick off one by one people close to the president. I refer to this as really as a soft coup,” Farrell concluded