Fox News Just Made Up a Phony ‘Story’ To Switch Blame From Trump To Obama
In an effort to cover up the fact that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, potentially violated the law by leaking classified information when he rushed to the White House to tip President Donald Trump on the Russia investigation, Fox News has launched a disinformation campaign pointing the finger at former president Barack Obama.
Nunes informed the president about incidental collection of data by government institutions that were surveilling foreign political actors, but Fox News is pushing a different narrative.
The network claimed on Thursday that an anonymous source possesses “a potential ‘smoking gun’ establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly Trump himself, and that it will be revealed the House Intelligence Committee this week.”
Fox News claims that this “classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications” had been seen by Rep. Nunes before Trump made his accusation against President Barack Obama.
“The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources,” Fox News wrote.
The story also claims that National Security Agency documents being sent to the House Intelligence Community on Friday could include a “smoking gun.”
A spokesman for Nunes told reporters News on Thursday that the congressman can’t say “for sure” whether Trump or members of his transition team were involved in phone calls that theoretically support Nunes’ claims that there was evidence that Trump team members were caught in surveillance. “He said he’ll have to get all the documents he requested from the intelligence community about this before he knows for sure,” the spokesman told ABC News.
Meanwhile Nunes explained to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday why he ran to the White House with what he claimed to be a bombshell allegation. “It’s clear that I would be concerned if I was the president, and that’s why I wanted him to know,” Nunes said. “I felt like I had a duty and obligation to tell him, because, as you know, he’s taking a lot of heat in the news media, and I think to some degree there are some things he should look at to see whether, in fact, he thinks the collection was proper or not.”
However, sources told ABC News that what Republicans fear is that the real smoking gun could show that Trump himself was involved in the Russian interference in the elections in order to defeat his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.