They started setting Trump up as soon as the primaries were over.
The FISA request to spy on Trump was originally filed in June 2016. The Wikileaks of the DNC hacked emails were released July 22, 2016. The entire “Russia hacked the DNC” story was created to justify DNC spying on Trump before the election.
Look at the timeline:
May 26, Trump reaches enough delegates to unofficially win Republican Presidential nomination.
June 2016, FISA request rejected against Trump.
July 22, 2016 Wikileaks releases the emails against the DNC.
August 2016, DNC claims the emails are Russian propaganda and some are fake with the goal of harming Hillary Clinton’s Presidency.
The media runs with this story, this creates suspicion against Trump to suggest that Russia is trying to influence the election.
October a month before the election, another FISA request is accepted. This time because of “probable cause” no evidence actually needing to be required.
This allows the current federal government to spy on a Presidential candidate a month before the election, one who is a part of the opposing political party ( while Obama himself is actively campaigning with Hillary and the DOJ is working to help Hillary pass her investigation with no issues ).
The plan the Democrats had for the election was to rig it for Hillary by using dirty tactics by the Mainstream Media to destroy Bernie’s chance and to make Trump look bad, and also to potentially spy on him to find negative stories to run in the month lead up to the election. They were probably hoping to leak audio clips of Trump having private conversations saying politically incorrect things, like how they had the hot mic tape of him saying “grab her by the pussy” and used that to find 15+ random women to claim that he sexually assaulted them a few weeks before the election.
A more comprehensive timeline put together by a user a Reddit:
10 Oct 2012 – Directive 19 (Protect whistleblowers just before election – failsafe?)
19 Mar 2015 – Obama appoints David Recordon (Facebook) as White House IT director.
8 April 2015 – Fancy Bear (ISIS fakeout) attacks France. (coincidence?)
16 June 2015 – Trump enters presidential race.
?? June 2016 – FISA request – denied.
7 June 2016 – Final GOP primary.
14 June 2016 – Reported that DNC servers hacked (after “one year” – coincides with Trump entering race – setup begins). Research dossier on Trump stolen, Hillary campaign data untouched. Peskov denies Russian interference.
15 June 2016 – CrowdStrike (Russian expat Dmitri Alperovitch ties to Atlantic Council) blames Fancy Bear(coincidence?)
6 Jul 2016 – Senate bill to revoke Hillary security clearance.
11 Jul 2016 – House bill to revoke Hillary security clearance.
22 Jul 2016 – Wikileaks – Hillary.
9 Oct 2016 – Trump campaign alleges Clinton ties to Russia.
12 Oct 2016 – Putin denies hacking.
15 Oct 2016 – FISA warrant issued.
19 Oct 2016 – Hillary calls Trump a puppet at final presidential debate. (Civilian – who is leaking her information?)
20 Oct 2016 – Esquire details hacking operation.
31 Oct 2016 – FBI: No direct link to Trump.
24 Nov 2016 – Scary Russian trolls! (CTR/Shareblue?)
11 Jan 2017 – Clapper denies dossier came from IC.
Isn’t it amazing how quickly the Mainstream Media ran and accepted the Russian narrative? Almost like they were fed orders for it and didn’t care how no connection to Russia existed.
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