When I saw James Comey’s testimony before Congress on Monday, I immediately noted and wrote about the bizarre situation laid out in the cartoon below. The backstory was that President Trump had somehow figured out that the Obama Administration had been spying on him during the campaign. So as is his wont, he tweeted about it. However, he did not provide any evidence to back it up.
There has been immense blowback against Trump for what he did, although I thought it was quite brilliant, as I wrote at the time.
When Comey testified on Monday, he revealed for the first time that there has been an ongoing FBI investigation into Trump and his associates since July … but he also said there has been absolutely no surveillance of Trump or Trump Tower. Hence, the cartoon.
For a couple days now we’ve been discussing this here, but with nobody else in the media picking up the story I was starting to think that either I’d lost the plot, or that none of the media were paying attention.
During the evening I go channel-surfing around the news. I listen to most of them, although I usually can’t take CNN for long. Even PBS is better. Anyhow, last night I got to Fox News, Tucker Carlson’s show, which is always worth watching. I had to laugh when I saw the following exchange:
HUME: There is one other thing that’s worth mentioning here. The FBI Director also said in answer to the questions that he had found no evidence no information pointing to a wiretap of Donald Trump or of Trump Tower. No evidence of that. However. What about this investigation that has been going on that he announced since last July involving the Trump campaign and Trump associates?
CARLSON: Great question!
HUME: Are we to believe there was no surveillance associated with that? We do know, as you pointed out, that Mike Flynn was caught up in a wiretap that might be a routine national security wiretap with the Russian ambassador to whom he was speaking, but who knows? But remember, when he made this announcement, Comey, that there was this investigation going on — which he said he received permission from higher-ups to do — the announcement, there was a story back on January the 19th in The New York Times which basically laid this whole thing out and said it was based on surveillance that indicated that there had been these contacts.
CARLSON: You just made the smartest point of the month, if not year. If there was an investigation, and there was, there was surveillance!
Dang … for two days we’ve been discussing what Tucker Carlson belatedly thinks is the smartest point of the month if not year! What’s not to like?
There you have it, friends. What you’ve been talking about here for two days, so far only one TV network has even noticed … on this website, you’re way ahead of the curve.
My best regards and wishes to all,