Warrants questioned in hot debate over wiretap investigations

It is claimed there was no warrant issued in wiretap investigations involving the Trump team and Russian officials.

However, there is currently a debate brewing between The New York Times and former director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, about whether or not warrants were even needed, the Daily Caller reported.

Clapper claimed that warrants were never obtained to wiretap Trump or his associates. Public editor Liz Spayd, on the other hand, said that intercepts picked up overseas did not require any warrants.

On Jan. 19, the New York Times ran a report about the Trump team and Russian officials being wiretapped, saying that no warrants are required when the intelligence intercepts are collected overseas.

“I reached out to editors in the Washington bureau to seek their help in clarifying the difference between Clapper’s and The Times’ assertions that no warrants had been issued, and the reference to wiretapping in the January story,” according to Spayd in a Daily Caller report published Thursday. “Elisabeth Bumiller, the bureau chief, said the January story was referring to information picked up from wiretaps and other intelligence collected overseas, a process that requires no warrants.”

Former NSA whistleblower, Bill Binney has backed up the New York Times’ claim, saying that no FISA warrants were needed to record Trump and his associates.

In addition, eight top lawmakers who regularly receive federal intelligence briefings said that at the time the wiretapping took place, they were not informed or aware of it.

According to the report, last June, a FISA court denied a request for a warrant to monitor Trump and his associates. However, in October, the court supposedly did grant a warrant, but only “after the DOJ narrowly tailored the application to omit Trump.”

A public hearing will be conducted by the House Select Intelligence Committee on Mar. 20 to review the Trump wiretapping investigation.   FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan will serve as witnesses.

H/T: Daily Caller

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