Former AG: Yes–The President Is Right To Think That Trump Tower Was Under Electronic Surveillance
Townhall.com ^ | March 6, 2017 | Matt Vespa
Posted on 3/6/2017, 6:50:48 PM by Kaslin
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey was a guest on ABC’s This Week Sunday, where he told fill-in host Martha Raddatz that this situation is the difference between being correct and being right. President Trump was probably right to think that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance ordered by the Department of Justice through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court, but not correct in his explosive allegation that President Obama tapped his phone.
Raddatz asked what evidence he has to back up his theory. Mukasey based it on previous news reports and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee who is working on the scope of a likely investigation into the Trump campaign’s relations with Russia, who said he wanted to talk to the counterintelligence agents at the FBI. Mukasey says that’s a telling sign that this was an intelligence gathering operation, not a criminal one. Mukasey reiterated the role of the FBI, which is to investigate crimes and gather intelligence, with latter formally becoming part of the agency’s purview in 2008.
Mukasey added that the FBI reportedly tried to get a wiretap based on their criminal investigation function in June of 2016 and were rejected. They later got an electronic surveillance order in October of 2016. Raddatz asked if this means that there were suspicious activity between the Trump administration and the Russians, which Mukasey said all it means is that the DOJ felt that someone at Trump Tower might have been acting as an agent to the Russian government for whatever reasons—not necessarily dealing with the election. He also reiterated that the FBI keeps track of anyone, Russian, Korean, Italian, Chinese etc., who act as agents of foreign governments.