Evidence given in a congressional hearing revealed that former FBI director James Comey, recently fired by President Trump, seized and buried evidence that Trump was the target of government surveillance before he became president.
Source: Big League Politics:
Former FBI director Comey seized and buried volumes of information that demonstrated a wide-ranging government surveillance operation targeting Donald Trump before he became president.
Big League Politics reports that according to Larry Klayman, a lawyer representing former NSA and CIA contractor and whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, 47 hard drives and data amounting to more than 600 million pages of documentation on the surveillance operation were delivered to the FBI.
Then-FBI director James Comey’s counsel James Baker took the data into his possession, according to multiple sources. But despite possessing Montgomery’s bombshell whistleblower revelations, Comey never acted on or publicized the information.
Additionally, Comey’s former firm Lockheed Martin granted entry to Montgomery to one of its facilities to help him work on the alleged mass surveillance program, which was allegedly overseen by Obama administration officials John Brennan and James Clapper and specifically targeted Trump. Read more: (Link: bigleaguepolitics.com)
When Barack Obama appointed Comey in 2013, he testified to the comformation hearing about his nomination to become the director of the FBI. Among the issues he addressed were the use of water-boarding in interrogations, National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, and the force feedings of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He also said that the secret surveillance court that approved wiretapping requests, known as the FISA court, was “anything but a rubber stamp.”
It is clear now that throughout his directorship Comey used the court as just that, eventually by-passing it and authorising surveillance himself.
The surprise firing of Comey was triggered by the ousted FBI director's recent comments on why he usurped the authority of the Attorney General and announced the FBI would not seek the prosecution of Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton for using an unsecure email server, according to White House and Trump administration officials.
President Trump was angered by Comey's assertion that although Federal cimes had clearly been committed, Clinton had no criminal intent when she mishandled highly classified information on her private server, according to sources in The White House.
The Comey firing took center stage at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday where the acting FBI director fielded questions from Democrats who suggested the dismissal was aimed at hampering an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe into whether Russian intelligence secretly cooperated with the Trump presidential campaign last year.
In the nine months since the FBI began investigating the Clinton campaign's allegations of Russia-Trump collaboration to affect the outcome of the election, no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Trump or his associates has been disclosed, either by officials or in unofficial leaks. This is in direct contrast to the many crimes of people involved in the Clinton campaign, both in their cheating Bernie Sanders out of the nomination and in offences related to funding and electoral law.
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