President Donald Trump on Sunday, Feb. 9, continued to condemn impeachment proceedings after his acquittal victory lap, raising the question, “who pays the price” for the impeachment hoax.
In several tweets over the weekend, President Trump said that the FBI director had conceded that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and surveillance of his 2016 campaign were illegal.
“FBI Director Christopher Wray just admitted that the FISA Warrants and Surveillance of my campaign were illegal. So was the Fake Dossier,” the president wrote.
“THEREFORE, THE WHOLE SCAM INVESTIGATION, THE MUELLER REPORT AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR THREE YEARS, WAS A FIXED HOAX,” President Trump continued, using uppercase letters, then asking, “WHO PAYS THE PRICE?”
The president added, “This is the biggest political crime in American History, by far. SIMPLY PUT, THE PARTY IN POWER ILLEGALLY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE ELECTION, IN ORDER TO CHANGE OR NULLIFY THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION. IT CONTINUED ON WITH THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX. Terrible!”
FBI Director Christopher Wray just admitted that the FISA Warrants and Survailence of my campaign were illegal. So was the Fake Dossier. THEREFORE, THE WHOLE SCAM INVESTIGATION, THE MUELLER REPORT AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR THREE YEARS, WAS A FIXED HOAX. WHO PAYS THE PRICE?….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
According to Politico, President Trump’s weekend tweet storm came after Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee last week.
During the testimony on Feb. 5, Wray said he agreed with the findings by the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz that the surveillance court applications related to Carter Page were mishandled. Page was a onetime Trump campaign adviser.
“The failures highlighted in that report are unacceptable. Period. … It cannot be repeated,” Wray said at the hearing—his first congressional appearance since Horowitz’s report was released in December. “I do not think anyone has carte blanche to bypass rules, and I intend to make that painfully clear, that that is not acceptable in the FBI today.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) asked Wray during the testimony, “The report acknowledges that … this was illegal surveillance with respect to at least several of these FISA applications, because there was not probable cause or proper predication, correct?”
“Right,” the FBI director answered.
Includes reporting from Politico