Sean Hannity is such a Donald Trump toadie that he not only believes that Trump was illegally surveilled by the government, he thinks he has been too. He bases this on absolutely nothing, but he says he’s hiring the best lawyers and is gonna sue Obama over it.
Sean Hannity said Monday that he has hired “4 of the countries [sic] best attorneys” to prepare for a legal battle with members of the Obama administration.
The Fox News host seems convinced that he was the target of illegal surveillance conducted during Barack Obama’s final year in office.
“I am going to sanction the biggest lawsuit that I possibly can with the biggest attorneys in the country so we can do something to stop the shredding of the Constitution,” Hannity said on his radio program last week.
The Gateway Pundit reported on Monday that Hannity is “preparing ‘the biggest lawsuit’ over Obama administration’s illegal NSA ‘unmasking.’”
Hannity then retweeted a link to that story, despite the fact that he has passed on stories he had to retract several times from the Gateway Pundit, aka Jim Hoft, the dumbest man on the internet.
I hired 4 of the countries best attorneys. THE CONSTITUTION MATTERS!! https://t.co/AhK29bOfTm
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) August 8, 2017
Yeah, good luck with that. You were not surveilled. Trump was not surveilled. No one associated with Trump was surveilled other than Page, who had already been the target of a counter-intelligence operation because he was, apparently unwittingly, being groomed by known Russian spies. But his surveillance was under a court order with probable cause and had been going on long before he joined the campaign.
As has been explained a thousand times, the NSA and FBI counter-intelligence operations monitor the communications of every Russian official in the country, and of Russian nationals who work with Russian intelligence. If someone gets caught on an intercept having had conversations with those people and the substance of the communication is deemed to be relevant to national security, the transcripts of those conversations are sent to, among others, the National Security Adviser in the White House.
But the identity of the American citizen who is recorded is not included in those transcripts. If the National Security Adviser, or some other relevant official who receives such reports, believes that the identity of the American involved in the communication is important to know, they can then request that the intercepting agency reveal their name, but they have to go through a process to justify that. The intercepting agency then decides whether that identity needs to be “unmasked” to the person making the request.
None of this should really be at all controversial, and if it was done to a liberal under a Republican president, Hannity would be mocking anyone who thinks it’s a big deal. But the polish on Trump’s shoes, a great deal of which he has ingested through his tongue, has caused some sort of chemical reaction in his brain that makes him flip out about this. If he files a suit, it will be dismissed. But I doubt he’ll ever file one. He’s just striking a pose.