Something of an Update (Crackpottery Wrapped in Tinfoil Wrapped in a Bad Suit)

#trumpfoil | #WhatTheyVotedFor

President-elect Donald Trump delivers his first official news conference since winning the November election, 11 January 2017 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

If it feels somehow familiar, yes, there really is a reason.

The Justice Department confirmed in a court filing late Friday that neither it nor the FBI has evidence that Trump Tower was the target of surveillance efforts by the Obama administration during the 2016 presidential election.


Six months. How strange it feels to look back to March as if the upcoming six-month mark should feel like some chapter from ancient history. What should have been breathtaking in its time might well have been, but how far down the #trumphole have we fallen, since? 

The motion confirms that neither the FBI nor the Justice Department’s National Security Division have records documenting wiretaps as alleged by President Trump in a series of tweets earlier this year.

The Friday filing marked the Justice Department’s first official denial of the substance of Trump’s wiretapping tweets earlier this year.

In March, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had discovered that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower wiretapped during the run-up to the November election, which he called “McCarthyism.”

No, really. Remember how weird that seemed?

Yet, breathtaking is as breathatking will; just try to keep up with the screaming plummet into President Trump’s abysmal greatness. Still, it is not so much the pricking of thumbs, but here’s to wonder where the news cycle goes, next week. Was a time when this would have been an interesting Friday dump; we can only wonder what it means, these days.


Image note: Detail of photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Greenwood, Max. “Justice Dept: No evidence of Trump Tower wiretapping”. The Hill. 2 September 2017.

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