In March, conservative pundit Mark Levin documented that the Obama Administration had wiretapped the Trump campaign. On Monday, CNN reported that, indeed, the FBI had wiretapped former Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, both before and after the election.
But, while CNN’s claim is based on unnamed “sources,” Levin made his case by citing quotes from eight separate news reports.
As CNSNews.com reported back on March 5, Levin laid out his proof in an interview on Fox News, in which he said “the question is the extent of the spying,” not whether it happened:
“This is the case made by the New York Times, The Washington Post, McClatchy and the rest of them. I just put it together,” radio host Mark Levin said Sunday as he quoted media reports to back up President Donald Trump claim on Twitter that the Obama White House had spied on him.
“The evidence is overwhelming. This is about the Obama Administration spying. And, the question isn’t whether it spied; we know they went to the FISA court twice. The question is the EXTENT of the spying,” Levin said in a Fox News Channel interview.
Levin used eight “exhibits” – quotes from news reports – to make the case that the Obama Administration spied on Trump:
Exhibit 1: Heatst
Exhibit 2: The Guardian
Exhibit 3: McClatchy
Exhibit 4: New York Times
Exhibit 5: New York Times
Exhibit 6: New York Times
Exhibit 7: New York Times
Exhibit 8: Washington Post
“I need to make the case because the media seems to be confused ABOUT THEIR OWN REPORTING,” Levin said.
Six months later, on Monday, CNN confirmed what Levin had told Fox News in March:
“US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.
“The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.”
In his March interview, Levin argued that President Barack Obama must have known about the spying, and called for a four-step investigation:
“Now, what did Barack Obama know? He knew everything I read to you, apart from one or two articles. You know how I know? It’s in the newspapers!”
“It’s right there. So, Barack Obama not only knew this, but he gets a daily intelligence briefing.”
“Barack Obama’s statement is pathetic,” Levin said, commenting on a statement denying that the Obama White House ordered the surveillance.
Watch Levin’s full March 5, 2017 interview below.