Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a member of the House Oversight Committee, says that "The text messages that I've had the privilege of reviewing and some of the other correlating information" suggests that the Obama administration — and perhaps the president himself — were "involved in the whole narrative of investigating Donald Trump" during the election. He said that they were also involved in "drafting some of he action of the Department of Justice and the FBI" during the election to surveil Trump.
According to Meadows, not only was President Obama aware of the surveillance of Trump during the election, but that he was personally involved in ordering it.
So when Trump said, during his transition, that Obama was wiretapping him, he was, in effect, quite right.
Meadows stressed that the justification for the surveillance was rooted in the Fusion GPS fake dossier, filled as it was with lies and false leads.
The progress of events is becoming clear: The dossier, funded by a $12 million contract with the Clinton campaign, developed dirt — notional and fictitious as it was — that became the basis for surveillance of Donald Trump and his staff.
This information was used to justify FISA warrants for further surveillance and for unmasking the names of Americans whose calls the National Security Agency had intercepted. Then the resulting information was leaked to the media and came to dominate the headlines throughout the first half of 2017.
(Eileen and I laid all this out in our book, "Rogue Spooks: The Intelligence War on Donald Trump").
Each day, more of the story we unfolded and exposed is proving to be true and, if anything, somewhat understated.
As we continue to find no evidence of collusion between Vladimir Putin and Trump, the true revelation unearthed from this post-election investigation is that the president and his intelligence agencies used government spying to try to defeat Trump during the election and to discredit him afterwards.
The Robert Mueller investigation is like an artifact of that effort, now searching for a new crime to prosecute, after failing to prove any of the previous allegations against Donald Trump.