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Trump uses NY Times to falsely claim ‘effort to spy on Trump campaign’ was ‘bigger than Watergate’

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President Donald Trump for more than two years has been falsely claiming President Barack Obama had the “wires tapped” at his Trump Tower campaign headquarters.

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Later, he falsely claimed, “the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon.”

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It’s been a regular staple of Trump’s attacks, and he’s accused President Obama or the Obama administration of spying on his campaign dozens of times.

But under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Dept. of Justice investigated and found zero evidence Trump’s campaign was wire tapped by the Obama administration.

The lie would not die, and recently Attorney General Bill Barr told Congress he believes the federal government spied on the Trump campaign.

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The word “spy” is fraudulent at best.

As many who closely follow the news know, Robert Mueller was hired as Special Counsel after top DOJ officials were terrified that Trump might be a Russian agent or unwittingly a Russian asset.

That’s not “spying,” that’s a counterintelligence investigation, with search warrants approved by judges – all by the book.

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(As recently as February former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said “it’s possible” President Donald Trump is a Russian asset. “I think it’s possible. I think that’s why we started our investigation.”)

Trump on Friday reignited his false claims, this time by apparently citing a New York Timesstory from Thursday: “F.B.I. Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016.”

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The phrase “Details effort to spy on Trump Campaign” appear nowhere in the Times story.

And in fact, The Times reported in May of last year, “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.”

Highlighting the Times story is not helpful for President Trump.

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“The decision to use [an investigator] in the operation aimed at a presidential campaign official shows the level of alarm inside the F.B.I. during a frantic period when the bureau was trying to determine the scope of Russia’s attempts to disrupt the 2016 election,” the Times reports. It also acknowledges it now “could also give ammunition to Mr. Trump and his allies for their spying claims.”

The Times adds that “F.B.I. officials have called the bureau’s activities in the months before the election both legal and carefully considered under extraordinary circumstances.”

Bottom line: The Trump campaign was not “spied” on, but a legal counterintelligence investigation was conducted.

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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