A New York Times story apparently confirms the widely ridiculed claim by President Trump that the Obama administration’s intelligence community spied on his 2016 presidential election campaign.
The operation, codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane,” the Times reported, “obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena.”
The report, noted the blog Legal Insurrection, said that at least one “government informant” met several times with Trump campaign volunteers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
The Times also said the FBI was worried that disclosure of its surveillance of the Trump campaign would “only reinforce his claims that the election was being rigged against him.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel said in a series of tweets that the Times story, which “all of us following this knew had to be coming,” was an attempt by FBI and Justice Department leakers “to get in front of the facts” that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes “is forcing out, to make it not sound so bad.”
“Don’t buy it. It’s bad,” she writes, noting the Times slipped in the information “far down” in the story to make out “like it isn’t a big deal.”
“It is a very big deal.”