Friday, June 11, 2021

They Spied on My Campaign!


The guy who whined about how the Democrats spied on his campaign (they didn't) decided to spy on his enemies and used the Department of Justice to accomplish his task:

Prosecutors in the Trump administration Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats -- including Chairman Adam Schiff -- along with their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation, an Intelligence Committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. 

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, another Democrat on the committee, told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday evening that he was notified that his data had been seized as part of the probe as well.
The prosecutors, the New York Times first reported, were looking for the sources behind news stories about contacts between Russia and Trump associates. 

The leak hunt began with the FBI sending a subpoena to Apple in February 2018, which included a gag order, seeking metadata on more than 100 accounts as part of an investigation into the disclosure of classified information, the person familiar with the matter said.

The gag order was renewed three times before it expired this year and Apple notified the customers. The House Intelligence Committee determined that along with members of the panel and staff, the dragnet collected the records of family members, including at least one minor, the person said.

If the Trump people were comfortable using the Department of Justice to carry out banana republic tasks against the "enemies of the state," then there is, almost assuredly, detailed and comprehensive use of the assets of surveillance state against those same enemies. Somewhere, there is likely proof that a shocking number of government assets and capabilities were used to find out where Representative Adam Schiff dropped off his dry cleaning and whether or not Representative Swalwell was a fan of some sexy show on Netflix. 

There used to be a thing called The Church Committee.

I can guarantee you that every single person at the Department of Justice who signed off on the order to get that data from Apple knows what the Church Committee was and doesn't think that they broke any of the laws that matter. There is a rot embedded very deeply in our government. Trump didn't create it. He just gave it the sunlight and water that made it bloom.

Think of it this way--everyone who stayed at the Justice Department through the entirety of the Trump era probably thinks they were there to "save" the institution but certainly didn't resign in protest when they saw all of the illegal shit we have only begun to have revealed to us. And as more of it comes out, you'll start to wonder why that is. It's because the institution was incapable of putting the law ahead of bending the knee to the Republicans in charge. It would be inconceivable to those same people to break the law for a Democratic president. That may be my opinion, but I don't think I'm wrong.

This is all perfectly fine in the diseased worldview of the Trump supporter. You will not see a moment of self-awareness or a realization that maybe a conman tricked them into believing things that weren't true. There's a lot of money to be made off these rubes and the cash they send to Trump in order to prove he didn't fool them is the Great Swindle and the Big Grift and the One Weird Trick to Stop the Democrat Party. Watching them go broke in order to make Trump's political Ponzi Scheme keep working is hilarious good fun. 

The fact that the guy who cried and whined like a little bitch about how they spied on his campaign turned around and found a room full of suits from Harvard and Yale to break the law for him is just proof that the establishment is still the fucking problem in America.

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