American Lens has learned from multiple sources over the last two weeks that Title III ‘wiretaps’ of candidate Donald Trump’s corporate headquarters and perhaps dozens of members on his corporate staff and campaign team ordered by the Obama administration occurred as far back as October 2016.
Wiretapping. FISA filings.
Surveillance. Federal slush funds.
Suppression of an ‘enemies list’.
Spying on citizens, journalists and elected officials.
This is the story of Obama and his brute force rebellion.
Sources familiar with the investigation also state that at least one member of the former president’s senior staff has cooperated with government officials.
The likely appointment of a special prosecutor could expose other elected officials with knowledge of the action and lead to expanded investigation into the inner-workings of one of the world’s largest lobbying firms.
“We are going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us.”
– President Barack Obama, Univision, October 2010
A Proven Track Record
Spying on Americans is nothing new for President Obama and his administration. Obama’s heavy-handed, no-holds-barred approach has been a hallmark during his two terms as president.
Under Obama’s leadership, the federal government tripled the number of wiretaps against Americans between 2009-2014.
In April and May of 2012, Sheryl Attkisson, who was a reporter for CBS news at that time, was tracked and wiretapped over an extended period by Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder at the Department of Justice through the Department of Homeland Security.
This operation went far beyond wiretapping and actually involved the planting of evidence in her computer. It has never been explained why top-secret documents were planted deep inside a root directory that forensic analysis showed Attkisson never accessed.
Along with multiple other reporters, James Rosen, a Fox News reporter, also had his phones tapped and online activities monitored. Full electronic surveillance was implemented on him to find out where some of the Obama administration’s classified leaks were coming from. This included electronic monitoring of the physical location of reporters.
Attorney General Holder ultimately had to concede that his department had pushed for the collection of private conversations of news reporters in a brazen and bold overreach of government authority. Attkisson now runs a private news group that documents the ordeal and other high-quality investigative journalism pieces.
Other Bold Action
Attorney General Holder was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate during hearings about DOJ led gun-running missions known as Operation Fast and Furious. Holder is the only sitting cabinet member in American history to be found in contempt of Congress; an action that ultimately forced his resignation.
Another pet project of the DOJ under Attorney General Holder was Operation Choke Point, whereby legal business owners were targeted by the DOJ because they did not fit within the Obama administration’s progressive agenda.
Under Holder’s direction to members of the Federal Depositor Insurance Corporation (FDIC), bank loans were denied, debts were recalled, and businesses were forced to shut their doors. Not because they had done anything wrong, but because the administration did not like their business practices.
Key businesses targeted in Operation Choke Point include gun stores, fireworks dealers, payday lenders and more. All legitimate businesses operating within the letter of the law.
Holder’s hubris was his brand. Often operating in grey areas of the law, there was little he would not do to further the cause of his progressive network. Holder and company used the full weight and force of the government to extort money from legitimate businesses and then funnel that money to groups that advocate on behalf of foreigners and lobby for progressive and socialist causes.
Under Holder’s authority, it has been revealed that billions of dollars were steered towards seemingly innocuous non-profit groups. Yet, many of those organizations became powerful allies in efforts to influence local, state and federal elections. The NCRC (pictured below) is one such organization that relied on funding from Holder under the DOJ’s distribution of slush fund settlement money.
Of all the bold and aggressive actions Holder undertook in his term, none were more impactful than his effort to finance groups that have caused significant damage to the well-being of the nation.
But, Eric Holder is not the only Obama DOJ official to impugn the rights American citizens. This week we will dig deeper into the DOJ’s actions and Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s ‘priority’ agenda in the last few years of the administration.