Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos break down the political surveillance debate in three different martinis.  They wonder why Pres. Trump decided a late night series of tweets was the best way to lodge serious allegations against his predecessor.  We also note Pres. Obama’s carefully worded statement denying any involvement in spying on Trump, the conflicting narratives on what actually happened – all leading to the dizzying Washington conjecture that Trump might not be correct but he’s probably right.  And we unload on Delaware Sen. Chris Coons for claiming transcripts of Russians interacting with the Trump team would tell us once and for all if there was any collusion during the 2016 campaign – only to later admit he has no idea what’s in the transcripts.

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  1. Israel P. Inactive
    Israel P.
    @IsraelP

    The cardinalest  rule of the Obama administration has always been that Obama’s deniability must be preserved.

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  2. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    Try these two paragraphs from John Hayward at Brietbart:

    Whatever President Trump’s intentions were in using Twitter to touch off this firestorm, one of the immediate effects has been letting the gas out of all those speculative Trump stories. The Democratic media is now furiously working to prove all of its own previous coverage of the Trump-Russia allegations was little more than idle speculation, every bit as lacking in hard evidence as Trump’s accusation that Obama was tapping his phones……

    Trump just forced the press to admit how weak the bulk of those allegations were. The wiretapping timeline that has drawn so much attention since Saturday night was largely based on mainstream media reporting. The media is effectively saying, “Hey, wait, we were just blowing smoke. We didn’t think anyone would take those reports seriously and build a case that Obama was wiretapping Trump. We just wanted to make Trump look bad by pumping up vague rumors that he and his campaign might have been under observation!”

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