While the mainstream media continues to scratch its head as to where anyone would get the idea that wiretaps were used in the investigation into the Trump campaign, the New York Times had confirmed the fact over a month ago... on its own front page!
The New York Times ran a front page article entitled "Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides" in its January 20th edition:
The online version of the front-page article uses the alternate headline, "Intercepted Russian Communications Part of Inquiry Into Trump Associates."
The January 20th New York Times story reports that "American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort..."
The report goes on to say that "intelligence reports based on some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House."
While the story does appear to confirm that members of Trump's team were picked up by wiretaps, it does not confirm whether or not those wiretaps were acquired as part of routine surveillance of Russian officials, or as part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court requests that were reported by the U.K. Guardian and Heat Street.
On Sunday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied any FISA requests had been made under his watch. Clapper also said that there had been no evidence of any inappropriate communications between the Trump Campaign and Russia.