Yesterday's hearing included testimony from Sally Yates, the former Obama Justice Department staffer and the temporary Acting Attorney General at the beginning of President Trump's term. She testified about how President Obama had warned Trump that Michael Flynn was a problem and that Trump, of course, failed to follow her advice. Keep in mind that Yates is a loyal and activist Democrat who refused to support the President in initiating his early actions as Chief Executive. And, of course, Obama is the President who gave the financial keys to a nuclear Iran, so it is understandable why Trump might not listen to anything the former President might say about national security. And, of course, the Democrats and their lapdogs in the media are playing Yates up as a hero and there is no doubt she'll show up as a candidate for office somewhere soon.
But while Yates' testimony got all of the media attention, James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence under Obama, also testified and his testimony should have been the principal topic of news. Except for a few conservative sites, it has gone unnoticed but, then again, that should be no surprise. You might remember that Clapper in previous testimony said that surveillance of private citizens was not something that was done excepting those cases where a citizen might be on a call with someone known to be a concern. Even in that case, the information on the assumed innocent citizen would not be released publicly, that the information would remain private.
And now, yesterday, Clapper changed his tune and stated that at least on one occasion he knew that either Trump or someone in his rising Administration was the victim of direct surveillance. One, James, really and you are now admitting that you falsified a statement earlier before Congress? Meanwhile, we are learning that the volume of surveillance of innocent Americans and the unmasking of same has increased by 400% between 2013 and the end of Obama's term of office. So I guess we know why Obama signed the Executive Order two weeks before leaving office allowing "Security Central" to spread the unmasking to all agencies, whether or not it had been sufficiently secured. And the leaks, they all started coming, as the Democrats were desperate to give Hillary an excuse for losing the election that couldn't be lost. Right, Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer?
So the Senate once again holds a worthless hearing while the real story remains buried in the mire. Real issues like the truth behind Fast and Furious, the IRS audit scandal, Benghazi, uranium sales to Russia and, of course, Benghazi and the Seal Team 6 helicopter crash go to the trash heap while the scandal that wasn't, Trump and Russia, remains at center stage. And we wonder why no one trusts the government any longer. Open your eyes that you might see, America, it's later than we think. Much later.