Neither Trump nor His Campaign Ever Got a ‘Defensive Briefing’

Then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio, July 27, 2016. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
New disclosure of an FBI report should put this absurd claim to rest.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M y column over the weekend was about the Obama-Biden administration’s exploitation of the government’s intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus to investigate Donald Trump, who was then the opposition Republican Party’s presidential candidate. The essence of this investigation is palpable from an August 2016 incident: The FBI covertly surveilled Trump by capitalizing on the U.S. intelligence community’s practice of providing a counterintelligence and security briefing to the nominees of the two major political parties.

The exploitation of executive power to monitor the opposition party’s presidential candidate is a Watergate-level abuse of power. That is why Obama and FBI apologists have steadfastly refused to

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