Ingraham: The unbridled power of the surveillance state


AND UNSEEN SEGMENT. BUT FIRST, UNBRIDLED POWER OF THE SURVEILLANCE STATE. THAT’S THE FOCUS OF TONIGHT’S ANGLE. WAS THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN — COMPRISED OF PRIVATE CITIZENS SURVEILLED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION? WAS INFORMATION COLLECTED AND THEN RETAINED ABOUT THEM? THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD FRIGHTEN EVERY AMERICAN NO MATTER WHAT YOUR POLITICAL AFFILIATION. WAS THE GOVERNMENT SPYING ON ITS CITIZENS? WELL, WE KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT CARTER PAGE ON THIS PROGRAM EARLIER IN WEEK WAS TARGETED AND SURVEILLED BY THE F.B.I. HE WAS APPROACHED BY AN F.B.I. INFORMANT WHO WAS REPORTEDLY SENT OUT TO MAKE CONTACT WITH PAGE AND OTHER TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDES. THE BIG QUESTION, DID PRESIDENT OBAMA OR HIGH-RANKING WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS KNOW OF, AND AUTHORIZE SPYING ON A POLITICAL OPPONENT? MAINLY, TRUMP AND HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF. WELL, THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE FIRST TIME THE GOVERNMENT SURVEILLED CITIZENS OR CAPTURED INFORMATION ON THEM. I WANT TO TAKE YOU BACK TO A HEARING FROM 2013 WHEN SENATOR RON WIDEN POSED THIS — RON WYDEN POSED THIS QUESTION TO THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JAMES CLAPPER.>>I WANT TO SEE IF YOU CAN GIVE ME A YES OR NO ANSWER TO THE QUESTION. DOES THE N.S.A. COLLECT ANY TYPE OF DATA AT ALL ON MILLIONS OR HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS?>>NO, SIR.>>IT DOES NOT?>>NOT WITTINGLY.>>Laura: THEN YESTERDAY, CLAPPER APPEARED ON “THE VIEW” WHERE HE TRIED TO DEFEND HIMSELF AGAINST TRUMP CHARGES THAT HE IS BASICALLY JUST A LIAR.>>THE PRESIDENT IS CALLING ME A LYING MACHINE. WELL, OKAY. [LAUGHTER] WHAT THAT STEMS FROM IS AN EXCHANGE I HAD WITH SENATOR WYDEN FIVE YEARS AGO IN MARCH OF 2013 ABOUT SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM AND HE WAS ASKING ME ABOUT ONE AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT ANOTHER. SO, I MADE A MISTAKE. BUT I DIDN’T LIE. THAT IS WHAT OCCASIONED –>>Laura: YEAH. OCCASIONED THE LIE. WELL, EVEN MEGAN McCAIN COULD SEE THROUGH CLAPPER’S OFFISCATION.>>IN 2013 WHEN YOU WERE ASKED ABOUT IT YOU SAID NO. THAT IS A LIE.>>NO, IT ISN’T. I WAS THINKING ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE.>>WHAT IS HE THINKING ABOUT? IT’S A LIE. IT AMAZES ME THAT HE CONTINUES TO GO ON NATIONAL TV AND SHAMELESSLY WITH A STRAIGHT FACE DENY WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW TO BE TRUE. INFORMATION LEAKED BY EDWARD SNOWDEN, THE NATIONAL SECURITY CONTRADICTS CLAPPER’S CLAIMS. THE QUESTION FROM WYDEN WAS SIMPLE AND CLEAR. WYDEN HIMSELF CALLED OUT CLAPPER FOR THIS REPEATEDLY. I THINK THE MOST DAMNING MOMENT OF “THE VIEW” APPEARANCE IS THIS ONE.>>WAS THE F.B.I. SPYING ON TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN?>>NO, THEY WERE NOT. THEY WERE SPYING ON — A TERM I DON’T PARTICULARLY LIKE ON WHAT THE RUSSIANS WERE DOING. TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WERE THE RUSSIANS INFILTRATING TRYING TO GAIN ACCESS AND LEVERAGE.>>I LIKE HOW HE DOES THIS. SPYING. LIKE HE DOESN’T LIKE THE TERM. HE IS THE MAN WHO OVERSAW MASSIVE SURVEILLANCE AND INTEL COLLECTED BY SPIES. HE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE TERM “SPYING”? ARE YOU KIDDING? THE LAUGHING MAKING IT VERY BELIEVABLE. NONE OF THIS WAS LOST ON THE PRESIDENT WHO TODAY TWEETED “SPYGATE” COULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST POLITICAL SCANDALS IN HISTORY. THEN HE DOUBLED DOWN.>>President Trump: IF YOU LOOK AT CLAPPER, HE SORT OF ADMITTED THEY HAD SPIES IN THE CAMPAIGN YESTERDAY INADVERTENTLY BUT I HOPE IT’S NOT TRUE. BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS. WE NOW CALL IT “SPYGATE.” YOU’RE CALLING IT “SPYGATE.” A LOT OF BAD THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.>>Laura: BAD THINGS, MR. PRESIDENT, HAVE BEEN HAPPENING FOR SOME TIME NOW. REMEMBER WHEN CLAPPER AND SALLY YATES WERE CONFRONTED BY SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY ABOUT THE UNMASKING OF TRUMP OFFICIALS? THEY WERE SURVEILLED, REMEMBER, AT TRUMP TOWER.>>MR. CLAPPER, DID EITHER OF YOU REQUEST THE UNMASKING OF MR. TRUMP, HIS ASSOCIATES OR ANY MEMBER OF CONGRESS?>>YES. IN ONE CASE I DID. I CAN SPECIFICALLY RECALL BUT I CAN’T DISCUSS IT FURTHER THAN THAT.>>DID EITHER OF YOU EVER REVIEW CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS IN WHICH MR. TRUMP, HIS ASSOCIATES OR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS HAD BEEN UNMASKED?>>OH, YES.>>YOU HAVE? CAN YOU GIVE US DETAILS HERE?>>NO, I CAN’T.>>MISS YATES, HAVE YOU?>>YES, I HAVE. NO, I CAN’T GIVE YOU DETAILS.>>Laura: THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT WE HAVE WITNESSED AN OUTRAGEOUS ABUSE OF OUR INTEL AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. NOT BECAUSE BRENNAN OR COMEY OR CLAPPER WERE CONVINCED THAT RUSSIA WAS RIGGING THE ELECTION. BUT BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO HOBBLE A MUCH BIGGER THREAT. DONALD TRUMP. THE OBAMA CROWD WAS SO BRAZEN AND SO CONFIDENT THAT THEY WERE DOING THE RIGHT THING I THINK IN THE END THEY WERE REALLY SLOPPY. AT LEAST SERVE TRUMP ASSOCIATE — SERVE TRUMP ASSOCIATES ARE SUSPECTED OF BEING YOU ARE VAILED. BANNON, CONAN, JARED KUSHNER, CARTER PAGE, GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS. WE ALSO KNOW THAT FOUR TOP OBAMA OFFICIALS REQUESTED THAT THE NAMES OF AMERICANS BE UNMASKED. FOR SAMANTHA POWER THIS WAS REPORTEDLY NEAR DAILY UNDERTAKING IN THE 2016 CAMPAIGN. THAT YEAR. 2016. HERE IS WHY ALL THIS DEEP STATE INTRIGUE MATTERS. THE OBAMA TEAM HAD A MATERIAL INTEREST IN SPIKING THE HILLARY CLINTON E-MAIL PROBE AND MAKING WAY FOR THE TRUMP THEIR CAREERS AND THEIR LEGACIES HUNG IN THE BALANCE. AS ANDY McCARTHY OF “NATIONAL REVIEW” POINTS OUT IN A COLUMN TODAY HAD HILLARY WON THE ELECTION MANY OF THE OFFICIALS WOULD HAVE RETAINED THEIR JOBS AND WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COVER WHATEVER SCHEMES THEY RAN DURING THE OBAMA TENURE. THEY SIMPLY COULD NOT PERMIT TRUMP TO TAKE THE PRESIDENCY. AND ONCE HE WAS WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE, I THINK THEY GOT REALLY DESPERATE. DESPERATE TO WRAP UP THAT HILLARY PROBE SO MAYBE SHE COULD TAKE THE WHITE HOUSE LIKE THEY THOUGHT DESPERATE TO COLLECT DIRT ON TRUMP TO DESTROY ANY CHANCE OF THE CANDIDACY. IT’S A RICH IRONY THAT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO CLAIM THAT THEY WANT TO STOP RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN OUR ELECTIONS, ADOPTED THE TACTICS OF A TOTALITARIAN STATE. LIKE RUSSIA. TO STIFLE POLITICAL OPPONENTS. AND TO SUBVERT THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP. GIVEN ALL OF THAT, IT MADE ME HOWL WHEN CHUCK SCHUMER SAID THIS YESTERDAY.>>THE PRESIDENT’S BEHAVIOR IS THE KIND OF GROSSLY AUTOCRATIC BEHAVIOR WE’D EXPECT IN A BANANA REPUBLIC. NOT A MATURE DEMOCRACY.>>Laura: NO, CHUCK. BANANA REPUBLIC IS A PLACE THAT OPPONENTS ARE SPIED UPON, CHARGE AND UNJUSTLY IMPRISONED. WHAT TRUMP IS ATTEMPTING TO DO IS EXPOSE CORRUPTION IN THE INTEL AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICES WHICH CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT MUST EXERCISE THEIR OVERSIGHT OVER. IN THE WAKE OF 9/11, CONSERVATIVES WERE WILLING TO TRADE PRIVACY FOR SECURITY. WE’RE NOW BEING PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE GOVERNMENT. HOW MANY TIMES A DAY? CAN’T EVEN COUNT. OUR MONEY, AND OUR PERSONS ARE TRACKED AT HOME AND ABROAD. WELL, WE THE PEOPLE AND OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD NOT BE ENDLESSLY TRAIL AND TREATED LIKE DANGERS TO THE STATE. WE SHOULDN’T SPIED UPON FOR POLITICAL REASONS. THE EVER EXPANDING SURVEILLANCE STATE IS A THREAT TO THE FREEDOM, AND SOME WITHIN THE AGENCIES THINK THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW. THEY ARE NOT. THIS PRESIDENT WILL NOT BE MANIPULATE AND HE IS INSISTING

100 thoughts on “Ingraham: The unbridled power of the surveillance state

  1. Laura says that we gave up our privacy after 9-11, but we shouldn't be spied on, etc. Well Laura, that is a direct result of giving up our freedom and privacy. The two go together. 9-11 was used an excuse to take our privacy and free
    dom. And now those chickens are coming home to roost. Some of us have been telling people shit like this was unavoidable. “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”- Benjamin Franklin

  2. If Clapper etc. were spying on Russia activity they would have also planted spies in the Clinton campaign.

  3. Remember, James Clapper worked DIRECTLY for the President. He was the Director of National Intelligence and a member of his cabinet.

  4. INGRAHAM WOULD DO WELL TO GET FKN SERIOUS AND STOP HER 'BEACH-PARTY' ATTITUDE ON TELEVISION. SAXON-SISTER HERE IS A PREDATOR/COMPETITOR AND YET SELLS FLUFF.-TAMMY BRUCE, SARA CARTER, KIM STRASSEL, MONICA CROWLEY, SHARYL ATTKISSON, MARA LIASSON, CANDACE OWENS, MOLLIE HEMINGWAY, MICHELLE MALKIN. THESE ARE THE STRONG AMERICAN WOMEN IN MEDIA TODAY AND WHAT A BRILLIANT COLLECTION TO CHOOSE FROM! WOW! . TURNS OUT THE DECADE OF WOMENS POWER IS NOT JUST REAL BUT THRIVING!. SO IS SIS HERE BUT ONLY WHEN SHE IS MAD AS HELL. THEN WE GET THE BEST OF INGRAHAM.

  5. Spying or being undercover is waaay different from being an informant, if there was ever one.

  6. Trump is about to face the legal power of America. Beyond his lies and pretense lies a criminal.

  7. Will this bullshit conspiracy theories stop? CNN FOX MSNBC ARE ALL NUTS. WHAT HAPPENED TO WORLD NEWS , NATIONAL NEWS??? DID THE WORLD STOP LIVING? It's like a nightly soap opera. Sickening

  8. Why didn't the Trump campaign go to the FBI when they were offered illegally obtained documents by the Russians? Instead a member of the campaign told an Australia diplomat that he was offered Hilary's emails. That diplomat told the FBI. Was the FBI supposed to ignore this info?

  9. America is broken beyond repair the Zionist Neocon traitors that brought you 9/11 and murdered over 8 million destroyed six nations all on lies with the help of FOX and other Zionist MSM are still in control. Your an Abomination America.

  10. Mass surveillance of American citizens tripled last year under the Trump administration but we won't hear you talk about that will we Ingraham.

  11. Clapper, and EVERYONE asked of illegal surveillance has always been denied in front of congress, the media, the people…..Because it's technically true….These people, branches, including military, ALL hire 3rd party contractors to do the illegal gathering and protect them with policy or top secret immunities…in other words pay phone companies themselves for equipment storage space to record all conversations….The hiring government body can legitimately deny it…count your government 3rd party contractors…this includes FBI, CIA, NSA, etc, etc…The unmasking to the people needs to be All these third party contactors of All government branches…They are the culprits sidestepping or voiding the constitution and protected to do so and the use of plausible deniability…The government is NOT broken…its cynically designed….

  12. Judge: Mr Clapper did you rob that bank?
    Clapper: Not that I can recollect.
    Judge: We have you on video right here doing it.
    Clapper: Yes, but at the time I wasn’t thinking about robbing the bank.
    Judge: But you did in fact rob that bank.
    Clapper: Initially thats not what I was thinking.
    Judge: What were you thinking?
    Clapper: I was going to make a forced withdrawal.
    Judge: ….
    Clapper: And I wouldn’t in my thinking refer to that as a robbery.
    Judge: Bailiff, please place this man in handcuffs.

  13. Psychopath Narcissists will LIE til they are DEAD. They are incapable of telling the truth.

  14. Yep I been complaining for forever about it and I get the same line from people well I don’t do nothing so I don’t care if they watching and these same people have no idea how many just small petty laws they break everyday that can be used against them it’s mind boggling

  15. During the Obama years the FBI was ordered to surveill Sheryll Atkisson who wrote ‘Stonewalled’ and ‘The Smear’ Obama used the FBI to break into her home, to stalk her, and hack into her computers. She was simply an investigative journalist doing whats best to keep America healthy, to keep us safe from threats to free speech and democracy. Obama was a perfect example of Chuck Schumers banana republic.

  16. Schumer and the Democrats with the assistance of the Deep State have attempted a coup against President Trump and Schumer has the nerve to call Trump's or anyone"s behavior like a Banana Republic! Talk about "projection"! But, it seems that Schumer is capable of nothing else.

  17. Trump should have unbridled power so he can go after ( ina more robust way than nowLOL)all these people who are trying to get at his secrets / skeletons and there are plenty of them LOL. It doesn’t matter they all happened in the past and we voted for Trump as president not these others guys who aren’t doing what they are told.

  18. This story is a joke. Trump is right but this argument is so dumb no one would believe it. Fox I love you but this is ridiculous. If deep state infiltrated and sabotaged the trump campaign how come we didn’ t hear about Russia until after the election. Of course trump had ties with Russia nobody’s denying it now but why should that be illegal. He helped them they help us that is genius governing. He won the election that nobody thought he would win so what if he got a bit of help dems would do the same just trump has got caught. I have no doubt trump the legend that he is will get rid of rosenstein and mueller on the morrow as he should

  19. If this wasn't so serious, it would be funny.
    Clapper and Yates, both admitting that they were spying on Trump!
    Lets call this what it is, treason and a failed coupe! Why are these people not in jail!

  20. ObasTURDs entire Presidency was been one GINORMAS abuse of POWER PERIOD!!!! It speaks VOLUMES about his character and the mindset of those in our higher government and they ALLL NEED to be OUTED AS THE STALIN LOVIN COMMUNISTS THEY FACTUALLY ARE!!!!

  21. Why would they need to spy when CNN said Trump had a one percent chance of winning? My guess, they knew Hillary wouldn't win. How? His campaign rallies says it all.

  22. Let's get the facts first!! It amazes me that today more than ever people on both the left and right will rely on opinion shows for their news and then recite those opinions as facts. They are essentially just a paid opinionated look at events no more valid than barbershop talk. All of them. Too many opinion shows and not enough fact based news. In my opinion, its causing the huge divide that our country seems to be experiencing.

  23. The most aggravating part of all of this, is that because of the media coverage of this, a large portion of the public think there's nothing wrong with this. It's maddening!

  24. President Spanky is still trying to save the jobs at ZTE, the Chinese cell phone company that was spying on American phone customers.

  25. The only thing that will get the CLAP to shut his TRAP is for him to take the RAP for all his CRAP.

  26. Ingram, Hannity, and Tucker are in a race to the bottom of the “journalism” gutter. Who will win? Stay tuned?

  27. Socialism, Communism, and globalization can only flourish in the dark. That's why Democrats do NOT want Americans to know what's really going on.

  28. From now on when you lie, simply say I was thinking about something else. Like Sen Blumenthal when he lied about Viet Nam service, he came up with the Democrats' favorite word, "misspoke."

  29. We should be frightened that the current tRumpski folks were involved with Russian mafia people and then used them to appoint them to the Executive Branch. The FBI had reasons to investigate possible criminal acts by tRump and his family and associates. And a LOT of that is coming true to the light of day now with more coming every day.

  30. Does this bimbo actually think there was no reason to investigate these slimy folks? Does she know that Flynn has plead guilty? Does she not know how many Russians and Americans associated with tRumpski have been indicted?

  31. SPYGATE COULD BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST PUBLIC SCANDALS IN HISTORY ! ! ! Trump is taking all Americans for dolts! Believe him at your peril!

  32. Excellent interpretation of the situation by a master in communication, you are indeed a Star Ms Ingraham.

  33. Who tasked the FBI to do counter intelligence???? GEORGE W. BUSH. Mueller was opposed, but forced to do it by the Bush crew. You cant do counter intelligence without informants. What do you think they should be the focus of counter-intelligence??? Not foreign adversaries subverting and corrupting a US Presidential election???

  34. Who created the FISA court??? Who was strongly in favor of continuing and strengthening the FISA court??? REPUBLICANS. Especially Ryan AND NuneZ. This wasnt like 10 years ago. It was 3 months ago.

  35. It's part of the UN Agenda 21 (2030) plan to enslave all humans. This was foretold in Isaiah 10. Repent, obey the Lord Jesus Christ and trust in Him, then you will be saved to live forever in freedom in His Kingdom.

  36. Trump Morons in the Trump Team were idiots to meet with Russian Operatives. All such Russians are watched by ALL NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCIES . Thy were watching watching Russian Spies in Trump Tower get it stupid Trump Team. Faux News an undercover law enforcement officer is not an spy it is work in American Security Faux News.

  37. Yes Obama administration did spy on trunp campaign. He was so afraid that trump would be elected that he made some very bad mistakes.that will put him a very bad position. His life maybe taken for this mistake.people are positioning themselves to carry this assassination.

  38. Schuuumer just admitted he is guilty of wrong doing and that he is deep state crap. These guy lie worse than anyone I have ever seen in my lifetime and Obama and Clinton are their king and queen.

  39. WARNING – MAY 24 – 2018 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOS ANGELES POLICE ATTACKING HOMEOWNERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. report names of the ONES WHO TRY IT
    IN LOS ANGELES, WE REMOVED THE BAD ONES WHO THREATEN HOMEOWNERS,. WE WONT TOLERATE IT
    AND WE DONT TOLERATE IT

  41. How much of Laura's sponsorship is funded in rubles? It is just mind-boggling that RepubliCAN'Ts don't give a damn about Russian interference in elections, or is it because they profited from it. Gotta love Clapper!! True American patriot!

  42. Senator Wyden was asking whether the FBI collects ANY data AT ALL – "one thing" according to Clapper – but he was thinking about "something else." Okaaaaaaaaaaaaay…..

  43. How dare the intelligence agencies spy on Russians in Trump's camp and in Trump Tower They should leave Putin's puppet alone.

  44. The FBI shows up at the door requesting my 12 year old on ground he is alleged to play on his Xbox aggressively, receiving complaints from others playing Fortnite. I guess they have reasonable suspicion that a few billion kids yelling "I will get you" and armed with an axe that virtually chops trees is worth the 150 mile drive from the fusion center. I guess trolling kids all day playing games could get old; but, two hours just two hand me his card. He must be unaware that minors have a right attorney when interrogated; I guess the legislature is aware that they are running a Manchurian Candidate psyops on domestic insurgents with potential. I am concerned that we could have the first "home school" mass event. Except we don't own any weapons unless your field supervisor actually believes that Fortnight is real and the weapons harmful. Yes these are the people who were trained in Iraq and brought the programs back to use on American kids. The name when I searched using Google came up as exactly that: a member of psyops for Project Camelot. Yes, it is true that a politically correct armed agenda driven police force is strangely always the first on the scene to most of these events. I am wondering why this adult is trolling and interacting with kids. I wonder who is designing these games and how ironic it was in 2003 that all the kids in Iraq were all like "it's just like playing a video game!" I wonder why?

  45. Why can’t clapper look at interviewer let alone dr camera, he ne sounds confident in his replies . It mean he does not listen . So his mind .. well the democrats teamed up wit many corrupted country leaders including putin and learned how to corrupt elections is fluttering

  46. Clapper's best lie ever. He lied to Congress, and what you did not show was when he eventually admitted he lied in 2013, again before Congress.

  47. < Problem w/the dems is that they believe they have the 'moral authority' so in essence the ends justify the means.

  48. most go on to fox fake news and none know how to screw in a light bulb just like they criminalize or government

  49. f8ck trump he's an illegitimate president the election was rigged by russia making fox fake news complicit to the act of russia interference supply propaganda to help russia elect trump NTI

  50. Obama's "intel" heads will go down in history as the worlds dumbest criminals.
    They left paper trails and continue to blab on tv.
    They are so stupid they would give the bank teller their ID's before robing the bank.

  51. In China, princelings are privileged relatives of high-level government officials. Princelings benefit from nepotism and cronyism, using their family ties to conduct business and accumulate wealth. They also serve as conduits for currying favor with their official relations.

    Now President Trump has given us the ultimate Chinese import: American princelings. They are his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    Each engages in business activities and trades on their relationship with the president to pursue business deals and accumulate wealth.

    Princelings Donald Jr. and Eric run President Trump’s worldwide business enterprises, although the president still owns and profits from his businesses Trump is the first president in modern times to refuse to divest ownership of holdings that were bound to cause conflicts of interest and create the impression of trading U.S. policy for personal financial gain. They were also bound to result in multiple violations of the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause, which prohibits the president from receiving financial benefits from other governments without the consent of Congress, in order to prevent corrupting influence from abroad.

    When the princeling sons tour the world developing business opportunities, they do so in the long shadow of the president. Every prospective partner knows they are dealing with the president’s sons, and this creates unique opportunities for foreign interests and governments to curry favor and buy influence with the president.

    A recent example: In a move that stunned Trump’s own advisers, and reversed the government’s previous position, Trump tweeted on May 13 that he wanted to help China’s telecom giant ZTE avoid going out of business. ZTE’s problems stemmed from violating American sanctions and a subsequent settlement of criminal and civil charges for those violations. This had led to a ban on U.S companies exporting to ZTE, which prevented it from receiving American technology — the ban Trump undermined.

    Lo and behold, it emerged that on May 11, two days before the presidential tweet, a Chinese state-owned construction company announced that it would make a loan of $500 million to Indonesian developers to help finance construction of a theme park. The Trump Organization, operated by the princeling sons, is a partner in the theme park venture that reportedly will include a Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Because Trump still owns his businesses, he is the beneficiary of all of this.

    Today there are reports that Trump has reached a final deal with ZTE. These events raise at least the appearance of a corrupt bargain between China and Trump. The American people have no way of knowing whether U.S. policy was sold in return for advancing a major Trump business venture in Indonesia. The questions only intensified when observers reported that China walked away from the latest round of trade negotiations with far more than they gave up. This pattern raises serious questions about Trump violating the Foreign Emoluments Clause.

    Princeling Jared Kushner was appointed to the White House staff as Trump’s senior adviser with a broad range of responsibilities, including the Middle East and China. Kushner partially divested some of his real estate business when he joined the White House staff, but he continued to own major real estate interests. According to government financial disclosure reports, Kushner’s real estate holdings and other investments are valued at as much as $761 million.

    Kushner was known to need large sums of money for his real estate ventures.

    Last year, after a founder of Apollo Global Management had multiple White House meetings with Kushner, the company loaned $184 million to the Kushner family real estate firm. Similarly, shortly after Kushner met in the White House with the chief executive of Citigroup, the company lent the Kushner family real estate group and a partner $325 million.

    Now the Kushner family real estate business is reportedly close to entering a deal with a company linked to Qatar that could bail Kushner Cos. out of a flagship troubled property and a huge financial hole. Jared Kushner had previously sold his stake in the property involved to a trust run by his mother. Nevertheless, the Kushner family real estate business stands to lose an enormous amount of money without this bailout, and Qatar certainly knows that Kushner’s White House portfolio includes the Middle East.

    Meanwhile, U.S. policy towards Qatar has apparently softened after Trump originally took a hard line against the country.

    Are these events just coincidences, or do they involve the exchange of U.S. policy for financial benefits? The transactions create the appearance of a conflict of interest for Kushner, and through him for Trump. Here too, there is no way for the American people to know what happened behind the scenes. This is why it is so important for officials like Kushner to divest holdings that could cause conflicts and why it is so dangerous when they do not.

    Princeling Ivanka Trump is also a White House official. She has, despite partially divesting, maintained a number of business ventures which sell products all over the world. A key to her business ventures is the ability to obtain Ivanka Trump trademarks for products. According to media reports, her enterprise as of spring 2017 held more than 180 pending and registered trademarks in the U.S., Europe and other nations including Canada, India, Japan, Israel, Mexico, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. This included more than 30 trademark applications pending in China, with four marks granted preliminary approval.

    Here is the princelings’ game in operation: Ivanka Trump’s company last year won provisional approval from the Chinese government for three new trademarks on the same day that she and Kushner sat next to Chinese President Xi Jinping of China at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago.

    By last summer, Ivanka Trump’s business had reportedly obtained preliminary approval for four more trademarks in China. Five additional trademarks were approved earlier this month. Not unknown to China is the fact that, in addition to Ivanka Trump being the president’s daughter, her husband Jared Kushner has China as part of his White House portfolio.

    When foreign governments do business with Ivanka Trump, they know that they are dealing with the favored daughter of the U.S. president who also works in her father’s White House. Some countries will no doubt see this as a way to curry favor with President Trump. Other countries may see the business requests made by his daughter’s company as requests they cannot refuse.

    All of these issues cause serious credibility problems for the president and his family of princelings with the American people. A president sets the standards for his administration. President Trump’s standard is that public office can and should be used for private financial gain.

    It is way past time for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to end their ongoing conflicts of interest that come at the expense of the American people. They need to either fully divest their business enterprises or leave their White House jobs.

    It is also irresponsible and an abuse of office for the president to continue to own his worldwide business enterprises. But since the president refuses to divest his businesses, his princeling children need to stop misusing the presidency and leave the Trump businesses.
    More

    Fred Wertheimer is President of Democracy 21. Norman Eisen, a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, is the chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

  52. This is a situation the Obama administration and the IC cooked up and acted on our president and the election we voted on. Clapper said he was doing Trump a big, big favor. This is a criminal action that our great country was exposed to and our president was treated like a criminal. The left and dems are sweating bullies trying to come up with a spin for this. Any spin, because what they did broke so many big and important laws that they need to be accountable for.

  53. God help us! !! Our country needs God to protect us from the pervasive evil infecting our government! Please pray for guidance!

  54. Well said cinematic, I like Yoda's way of getting caught in a lie, it wasn't a lie, I was thinking of something else, gotta remember that one.!

  55. Ken Starr spent four million dollars proving that Bill Clinton lied about a blowjob.
    Muller investigating treason is “the Surveillance State”.
    USA USA USA!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  56. My God look at these FOSSILS. They run our country? I'm trying really hard to resist the urge to giggle as pictures of Grassley looking for his reading glasses and wheelchair while Clapper hunts desperately for his depends and a cane! We are SO totally fubard!

  57. This is old stuff but it's still relevant stuff because it's all starting to make sense and for sure will effect our future FOREVER it's going down as it should as a black eye on our USA government makes us all ill to know this but we will unite and rise above , God willing be well.

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