Evidence that the Obama White House was privy to the FBI spying on the Trump 2016 Presidential campaign is borne out in the four heavily-redacted Verified Applicationsmade by the FBI to the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Court to spy on Carter W Page – an American citizen and identified in the Applications as a former member of Trump's campaign Committee.
The first Application was made in October 2016 by a person whose name is redacted – but who is identified in Paragraph 1 as:
A Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) whose official duties at FBI headquarters include supervision of the FBI's investigation of the above captioned target [Ed: Carter W Page] based on information officially furnished to [redacted].
Who officially furnished the information to the FBI?
Paragraph 2 of the Application provides the answer:
The target of this Application is Carter W Page a US person and an agent of a foreign power described in detail below. The status of the target was determined in or about October 2016 from information provided by the Department of State.
John Kerry was the then Secretary of State and one of President Obama's most trusted advisors and confidantes. It would be incredulous if the information supplied to the FBI was done without Kerry's authorization beforehand after having first discussed its release with the President.
Under Paragraph 6 of the Application:
The certification of the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs or an Executive Branch official duly designated by the President as a certifying official in Executive Order Number [ redacted] as amended is set forth below.
The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs was Susan E Rice – who did not certify the Application. James B Comey Director of the FBI - apparently a duly authorized Executive Branch official – did. It is inconceivable that Rice would not have been informed by Comey of the Application.
In certifying the Application – Comey declared:
Based on the foregoing information it is the Government's belief that the authorities requested herein targeting Page are critical investigative means for obtaining the Foreign Intelligence information identified herein.
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