Judge Nap: Obama ‘Went Outside Chain of Command,’ Used British Spy Agency to Surveil Trump
. . . .Judge Andrew Napolitano said that even if the Obama administration did spy on Trump, there may never be a way to prove it.
He explained that the statutes allow the president to order the surveillance of any person in the U.S., without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant, but that would leave “fingerprints.”
In this case, the alleged surveillance was reportedly ordered in a way that left no record, he said.
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,” Napolitano said. “He didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI, and he didn’t use the Department of Justice.”
Instead, Napolitano said, Obama used GCHQ, a British intelligence and security organization that has 24-7 access to the NSA database.
“There’s no American fingerprints on this,” Napolitano said. “What happened to the guy who ordered this? Resigned three days after Donald Trump was inaugurated.”
In a statement to Fox News, a UK government spokesperson responded, saying that “no part of this story is true.” . . .
If this turns out to be true, this will be a pretty big story.
But for now at least, the Brits are denying it.
Maybe purposefully falsly propogated too, to try to “bait” President Trump and/or his administration to publicly overreact and discredit them.
Or some other aspect we are not yet aware of.
UK flatly denying it for now and it would likely take British intelligence cooperation at the highest levels to dig much deeper.
This from Reuters News agency . . .
British security official denies UK spy agency eavesdropped on Trump
By Mark Hosenball | WASHINGTON
A UK spy agency did not eavesdrop on Donald Trump during and after last year’s U.S. presidential election, a British security official said on Tuesday, denying an allegation by a U.S. television analyst. . . .
. . . “Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn’t use the NSA, he didn’t use the CIA, he didn’t use the FBI and he didn’t use the Department of Justice,” Napolitano said, adding that the former president “used GCHQ.”
GCHQ has a close relationship with the NSA, as well as with the eavesdropping agencies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand in a consortium called "Five Eyes."The British official said that under British law, GCHQ “can only gather intelligence for national security purposes” and noted that the U.S. election “clearly doesn’t meet that criteria.” . . .