ELDER PATRIOT - The most damning question that can be asked of a president is “what did he know and when did he know it?”  And now we know that Barack Obama has a lot of explaining to do.  Mark Levin laid out a compelling case against the ex-president while being interviewed by Pete Hegseth earlier this morning.

Levin: “The evidence is overwhelming…this is about the Obama administration’s spying, and the question is not whether it spied. We know they went to the FISA court twice. The question is who they did spy on and the extent of the spying that it did on the Trump campaign, the Trump transition, Trump surrogates, and I want to walk you through this – the American people.”

“Exhibit 1, this is all public, Head Street: two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed that the FBI sought and was granted a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court (FISA court,) this is spying, in October giving counter-intelligence permission to examine, quote, U.S. persons in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.”

“Let me go on.  They say the first FISA request naming Trump was denied back in June, denied by the court, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was present of a server possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to Russian two banks. 

“Now I know people are really hung up on Trump’s use of the words ‘wiretapping’ but how’d they get access to this information, does it really matter?  Whether it was wiretapping, electronic surveillance or whatever it wa,s how did they get access to this information?”

“Exhibit 2, the Guardian a well-known British paper, quote, ‘the Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court over the summer to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials.’”

“Keep in mind this during a presidential election – the sitting president and the incumbent party is now investigating the presidential candidate of the Republican Party and his campaign.  The FISA court turned down the application asking the FBI and counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus.

“According to one report the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October.

“Exhibit 3, McCatchy reported that the FBI and 5 other Obama administration agencies probed possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump.”  McClatchy added the investigations had been going on for months.

“The agencies involved are the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s financial crimes enforcement network, and representatives of the Director of Nation Intelligence.”

Are you telling me Barack Obama didn’t know what was going on?”

Levin insisted on building on the case further.  The New York Times, ‘intercepted Russian communications part of an inquiry into Trump associate, January 19.  The FBI is leading the investigations aided by the NSA, the CIA, Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.  The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but they have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing.’”

“Listen to this, one official said intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”

“Let’s continue, New York Times again, NSA gets more latitude to share intercepted communications in the final days of the Obama administration.  The administration has expanded the power of the NSA to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s sixteen other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

“Why would do this on the way out the door?  Well, on March 1 we have exhibit 6.  Obama administration rushed to preserve intelligence of Russian election hacking.  In the Obama administration’s last days, listen to this, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and Russians across the government.

“I’m not done!  Exhibit 7.  New York Times, ‘Flynn is said to have talked to Russians about sanctions Trump took office.’  Where’d they get this information?

“Here we have the Washington Post, March 2nd, U.S. investigators have examined contacts Attorney General Sessions had with Russian officials during the time he was advising Donald Trump’s campaign.  The focus of the U.S. counter intelligence investigation has been on communication between Trump campaign officials and Russia. 

“Now listen to this.  The inquiry against Sessions is examining his contacts while serving as Trump’s foreign policy advisor in the SPRING and summer of 2016!”

“This has been going on for a year!”

Hegseth waited until Levin had laid out the entire case as we know it to be so far and then asked him: “As you do on your radio program, you lay out a devastating case based on public documents and not right wing sources but mainstream left-wing sources.  How confident are you that this investigation that was on so-called Russian hacking but that the White House now says will be broadened to look into executive overreach, how confident are you that they’ll be able to find something there?”

Levin responded immediately: “They already found something!  The issue isn’t whether the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign or transition or certain of its surrogates, the issue is the extent of it!  They went into court a second time.  They were so aggressive, they waited four or five months, they go back in October, weeks before the general election, they narrow their request, all of a sudden we have leaks coming out on Flynn, then we have a ‘oh, a horrible meeting that took place between Sessions and so forth,’ and I’m telling you as a former Chief of Staff to an Attorney General of the United States in the Reagan administration, these are police state tactics.

“What did Barack Obama know?  He knew everything I just read to you apart from one or two articles.  You know how I know?  “IT’S IN THE NEWSPAPERS!!!”  So Barack Obama not only knew this but he gets a daily intelligence briefing!  And, let me tell you something about daily intelligence briefings, if your Attorney General and your FBI is going to a FISA court to get a warrant to investigate aspects of an opposition party in the middle of a general election campaign how much you want to bet the president of the United States knew that?”

Obama thinks he’s a brilliant political operator who believed he would always be able to rely on the compliant mainstream media to save his bacon.  He’s about to realize his worst nightmare as he comes to learn that he’s no match for Trump and his team of Alpha males.

I’ll reiterate what I wrote yesterday, Obama will become the first U.S. president to be convicted of crimes against the American people after he left office.