The President asserts that Trump Tower was wiretapped at President Obama’s direction, and the House Intelligence Committee springs into action. The press supports this because it makes for a good story however it comes out; the Democrats support it because the serial liar has gone over the top; and the Republicans support it for many reasons including loyalty, diverting attention, and for some recognizing that this time the man has gone too far.
Clearly, the claim that Obama ordered a wiretap or other surveillance is believed by no serious person. But investigating whether there has been surveillance of Trump Tower plays into the hands of the targets. If there was surveillance, it was supported by a judicial order with a substantial showing. The targets benefit from knowing whether or not there was surveillance. The question should not have been asked or answered.
The same is true of the question what officials were unmasked by Susan Rice and what the basis was for her securing approval through established procedures to find out. Here again the targets have no right to know. And how do we know this happened at all, if it did: because Trump-friendly personnel situated in the White House leaked confidential information.
I would not make too much of the latter. After all, government officials have selectively leaked confidential information for decades. But it is hard to resist making the point when Trump and his lackeys keep claiming that the “real story” is that someone is leaking confidential information.