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Mark Levin said former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was incorrect when he said no FISA warrants were executed against Trump aides. Levin explains McClatchy reported the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit network were unleashed and that the New York Times reported on a wiretap launched to monitor "Trump aides." Part two of the interview below. From his Monday night appearance on Hannity: MARK LEVIN: It is only conservatives who are concerned about what they are reading in liberal media. Have you you noticed that? The media is very compounded right now, they are very confused. They don't know whether to trash themselves, trash their colleagues, or what. You asked a question. What did Obama know? We know he knows this much. Everything you just read, he knew. Because it's in the newspapers. That is pretty big. Number two, we know that if a FISA warrant was secured, it is very likely in his daily intelligence briefing or a call from the Attorney General or the director of the FBI the president would be given a heads up. There's nothing illegal about it but he would have been given a heads up. Here's what else we know. There are all kinds of, based on these reports, investigative activities going on. McClatchy reported the agencies involved, the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit network, I assume Obama knew something. I mean unless he is Helen Keller. Let me make another point about this. That is a hell of a lot of agency resources. Those are a hell of a lot of investigators. The news reports should mention The New York Times, January 20th, I just want to make sure CNN and MSNBC are aware of this. 'Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry Of Trump Aides.' I never said independent of news reports about the wiretaps — 'wiretapped data used in inquiry of trump aides.' Well, didn't [former DNI] Mr. Clapper say there were no FISA orders? It's very important because if Clapper says there was no FISA order and he was very broad and definite, and he said no… then what the hell are we talking about? That means that they did not have enough information for probably cause to get a warrant in front of the FISA court. So what's the FBI, the CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Unit network investigating? What are these wiretaps that The New York Times is talking about? You know, I know they want to focus on Donald Trump and his tweets. I want to focus on America and the constitution. The reason I got fed up with this last week is because I am a constitutional conservative. I look at this, if I'm reading these news reports, we have of runaway executive branch. I don't know who knows what and as of today, the media don't appear to know who knows what which is exactly why I've been calling for Congressional investigations. The question is: why aren't CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and all the rest of them, why aren't they not concerned about this? Rather than mock the president, pay attention to what your own reporters and other reporters are saying. Watch the rest of Levin's appearance:
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch makes a video statement for the Senate Democrats where she extends her endorsement of anti-Trump protests. Lynch talked about the extent others went to in order to get change; "they've marched, they've bled and yes, some of them died." Lynch's message: LYNCH: I know that this is a time of great fear and uncertainty for so many people. I know it's a time of concern for people who see our rights being assailed, being trampled on, and even being rolled back. I know that this is difficult, but I remind you that this has never been easy. We have always had to work to move this country forward to achieve the great ideals of our Founding Fathers. It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They've marched, they've bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson speaks about the opportunity that America brings and refers to slaves as immigrants in a speech delivered Monday at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. DR. BEN CARSON, SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: We need to concentrate a little less on what we can't do and a little more on what we can do. After all this is America, this used to be known as the "can-do society," not the, "what can you do for me society" but the "can-do society." That's what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their songs, their daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.
In an off-camera, audio-only press conference Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked what "triggered" President Trump to tweet his allegation that Trump Tower and other parts of his campaign were wiretapped. REPORTER: For clarification, did the president mean in anyway to suggest that the FBI broke the law or any other intelligence agencies in this allegation of wiretapping? SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE: Um, in the tweet? REPORTER: Yes. SPICER: I'm just going to let the tweet speak for itself. [CROSSTALK] SPICER: I get it but I think that I'm not going to try to — [CROSSTALK] REPORTER: — that backs that up. SPICER: I understand that and I think I will seek further clarification on that. For right now, I would just suggest to you to let I'm going to let it speak until I get further clarification.