Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said on Sunday that the House Intelligence Committee will investigate the alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower as part of its investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia and that country’s campaign to interfere in our election.
“One of the focus points of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation is the U.S. government’s response to actions taken by Russian intelligence agents during the presidential campaign,” Nunes said in a statement.
“As such, the Committee will make inquiries into whether the government was conducting surveillance activities on any political party’s campaign officials or surrogates, and we will continue to investigate this issue if the evidence warrants it.”
What that means is that the full extent of Trump’s treason may finally be exposed once and for all. As many commentators have pointed out, while Trump’s allegation that the President personally ordered a wiretap for political purposes is baseless, it is indeed possible that an intelligence agency wiretapped Trump Tower to monitor ties between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.
At the time of the election last November several figures with ties to the intelligence community alleged the existence of such a wiretap to investigate communications between Trump’s campaign and Alfa Bank, a Russian institution with ties to the country’s ruling oligarchs.
For such a wiretap to occur, however, an intelligence agency would have to obtain a warrant through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court. And for a warrant to be granted the intelligence committee investigating would need to have actionable evidence that Trump or someone on his campaign was colluding with a foreign agent.
Thus, Trump may very well have slipped up and sealed his own fate with his Saturday Twitter rant accusing President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. At this point it is not certain that such a wiretap did in fact occur. Indeed given Trump’s history of blatant lies and outrageous allegations it would not be surprising if he invented the entire thing.
What is perhaps more likely, however, is that he was telling the truth about the wiretap, which was authorized to catch his collusion with the Russian government to undermine our democracy.
Many Republicans, valuing as they do partisanship over the truth, have refused to accept the scandalous implications of the Trump campaign’s repeated communications with Russian intelligence agencies at a time when those very same agencies were actively working to rig our election in Trump’s favor. The House Intelligence Committee’s inclusion of the wiretap issue in its investigation is a crucial step towards getting to the bottom of the Trump-Russia scandal.
If there was indeed a FISA warrant issued to surveil Trump Tower the court’s authorization should be turned up by the Committee’s investigation and what could very well prove to be the greatest political scandal in American history may finally come fully to light.
James DeVinne is a student at American University in Washington, DC majoring in International Service with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. He is a founding member of Occupy Baltimore and interns at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.