Last year, when President Trump accused Barack Obama of having tapped his phones just prior to the election, the media dismissed it as the unsubstantiated raving of a loose-cannon politician. But now we know that the Obama-era government did that and more, with the revelation that the FBI had actually placed a spy inside the Trump campaign.
And Trump is now taking the offense, dubbing the affair “Spygate” and vowing to have the Department of Justice investigate the matter. So some Deep-staters may today be rather nervous. As Fox News reports:
President Trump blasted the “Criminal Deep State” early Wednesday, suggesting things have “turned around” in “SPYGATE,” following revelations of a reported FBI informant snooping on the Trump campaign.
“Look how things have turned around on the Criminal Deep State. They go after Phony Collusion with Russia, a made up Scam, and end up getting caught in a major SPY scandal the likes of which this country may never have seen before! What goes around, comes around!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.
Minutes later, the president added: “SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!”
In fact, the cat is so far out of the bag that the only debate now is not whether the Deep State spied on Trump’s campaign, but what terminology should be used to describe this apparent trespass. As to this, former director of national intelligence James Clapper — who lied in testimony before Congress five years ago — appeared on the View yesterday and said he didn’t “particularly like” the term “spying,” but nonetheless used it to describe the targeting of the Trump campaign. Doing damage control and displaying steroid-engorged chutzpah, he said the spying’s purpose was to surveil the Russians and that the president “should be happy” it was done.
This excuse fails because if the Trump campaign were truly being treated as a possible victim of foreign intrusion, the logical response is to approach the candidate and say, “Look, Mr. Trump, we believe the Russians are targeting your campaign. May we embed someone in your group so that we can help you guard against being infiltrated?”
Regardless, when an intelligence agency secretly places an operative in your organization to gather information, it’s clear what it’s called: spying.
Commentator Doug Ross critiqued Clapper’s View appearance (video below) and, noting his strange facial contortions, theorized that they are “signs of anxiety, paranoia, and deception.”
Perhaps Clapper will next expound upon what the definition of the word “is” is…