The FISA Court made big news this week when President Trump tweeted that while in office President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower just before President Trump's victory. It has now surfaced that Obama's first request to wiretap Trump was declined by FISA. In the tweet, Trump said:

Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!

Trump wasn't done. He then followed it up with this.

Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!

Obama's First Request to Wiretap Trump was Declined

The FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance) Court was put in place in 1978. Congress put the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in place, resulting in the FISA Court.

The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia. Judges typically sit for one week at a time, on a rotating basis.

Pursuant to FISA, the Court entertains applications submitted by the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and other investigative actions for foreign intelligence purposes. Most of the Court’s work is conducted ex parte as required by statute, and due to the need to protect classified national security information.

Over 10,000 applications were submitted to FISA and only 2 of these were declined.

Per ABC News:

More than a thousand applications for electronic surveillance, all signed by the attorney general, are submitted each year, and the vast majority are approved. From 2009 to 2015, for example, more than 10,700 applications for electronic surveillance were submitted, and only one was denied in its entirety, according to annual reports sent to Congress. Another one was denied in part, and 17 were withdrawn by the government.

So this is all very concerning. The FISA Court rejected Obama's first attempt to wiretap President Trump. Eventually this request was approved by Loretta Lynch.

President Obama is the Most Corrupt President in History!

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