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The Investigation Into the Trump Wiretap Claims and Collusion with Russia Just Got Weirder

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | March 22, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | March 22, 2017 |

This morning, the Associated Press reported that Paul Manafort once had a contract with a Putin ally in which he agreed to help influence American politics on behalf of Russia. Years later, he works as Chairman of the Trump campaign FOR FREE for a crucial six-month period, which included the period in which the DNC was hacked and Jeff Sessions (among others) met with a Russian ambassador.

Meanwhile, Michael Flynn was also fired as National Security Advisor a month into the role, because of contacts between himself and the same Russian ambassador during the transition, over sanctions against Russia.

Today, this happened:

But that’s just the beginning. Recall that the contacts with Russia that got Michael Flynn in trouble were the ones that took place during the transition.

Now it’s being reported that, during a press briefing today, Devin Nunes — the Republican Leader of the House Intelligence Committee — found out that members of the Trump transition team were being surveilled by the Obama administration. This surveillance, however, was legal and part of a FISA court order. In fact, surveillance of Trump transition members was only incidental because the FISA warrant was for the foreign agents with whom Trump transition members were communicating.

Meanwhile, Nunes is — for some reason — going to the White House today to brief Trump on the fact that members of his transition team — and possibly Trump himself — were being surveilled. HE’S GOING TO BRIEF A MAN UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION ABOUT DETAILS OF THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

That’s not right.

Nunes seems to want to spin this as proof that Trump was wire tapped, although the surveillance was incidental, and it did not take place in Trump Tower, and who the hell was Trump or his transition staff talking to that they’d get caught up in incidental surveillance, anyway? Did Nunes just dig a deeper hole for Trump while trying to prove Trump’s bullshit claims?

The other twist here, however, is that — according to Nunes — it has nothing to do with the Russian investigation.

Twist number three is that Nunes was on the Trump transition team, so it’s possible that he was incidentally surveilled, and while Nunes is trying to spin this as proof of Trump’s Twitter claims, the real story here is that Trump and/or his transition members were incidentally captured as part of surveillance of foreign agents.

Recall, too, that last month, we found out that Sean Spicer had reached out to Devin Nunes (as well as the head of the CIA) in an attempt to use them to discredit the stories about Russia. Nunes confirmed that at the time, and this story may or may not ultimately fit within that category, but it sure as hell muddies the water and suggests that Nunes needs to step the hell down and an independent investigator be brought on board.

Some sh*t is going down right now, folks. Some real shady sh*t.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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