Those sharing #Obamagate hashtags on Twitter would do best to avoid the hysterics we saw from Russian-collusion believers, but they have no reason to ignore the mounting evidence that suggests the Obama administration engaged in serious corruption.
Democrats and their allies, who like to pretend that President Obama’s only scandalous act was wearing a tan suit, are going spend the next few months gaslighting the public by focusing on the most feverish accusations against Obama. But the fact is that we already have more compelling evidence that the Obama administration engaged in misconduct than we ever did for opening the Russian-collusion investigation.
It is not conspiracy-mongering to note that the investigation into Trump was predicated on an opposition-research document filled with fabulism and, most likely, Russian disinformation. We know the DOJ withheld contradictory evidence when it began spying on those in Trump’s orbit. We have proof that many of the relevant FISA-warrant applications — almost every one of them, actually — were based on “fabricated” evidence or riddled with errors. We know that members of the Obama administration, who had no genuine role in counterintelligence operations, repeatedly unmasked Trump’s allies. And we now know that, despite a dearth of evidence, the FBI railroaded Michael Flynn into a guilty plea so it could keep the investigation going.
What’s more, the larger context only makes all of these facts more damning. By 2016, the Obama administration’s intelligence community had normalized domestic spying. Obama’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, famously lied about snooping on American citizens to Congress. His CIA director, John Brennan, oversaw an agency that felt comfortable spying on the Senate, with at least five of his underlings breaking into congressional computer files. His attorney general, Eric Holder, invoked the Espionage Act to spy on a Fox News journalist, shopping his case to three judges until he found one who let him name the reporter as a co-conspirator. The Obama administration also spied on Associated Press reporters, which the news organization called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion.” And though it’s been long forgotten, Obama officials were caught monitoring the conversations of members of Congress who opposed the Iran nuclear deal.
What makes anyone believe these people wouldn’t create a pretext to spy on the opposition party? If anyone does, they shouldn’t, because on top of everything else, we know that Barack Obama was keenly interested in the Russian-collusion investigation’s progress.
In her very last hour in office, national-security adviser Susan Rice wrote a self-preserving email to herself, noting that she’d attended a meeting with the president, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI director James Comey, and Vice President Joe Biden in which Obama stressed that everything in the investigation should proceed “by the book.”
Did high-ranking Obama-administration officials not always conduct such investigations “by the book”? It is curious that they would need to be specifically instructed to do so. It is also curious that the outgoing national-security adviser, 15 minutes after Trump had been sworn in as president, would need to mention this meeting.
None of this means that Obama committed some specific crime; he almost assuredly did not. In a healthy media environment, though, the mounting evidence of wrongdoing would spark an outpouring of journalistic curiosity.
“But,” you might ask, “why does it matter, anymore?” Well, for one thing, many of the same characters central to all this apparent malfeasance now want to retake power in Washington. Biden is the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, he’s running as the heir to Obama’s legacy, and he was at that meeting with Rice. He had denied even knowing anything about the FBI investigation into Flynn before being forced to correct himself after ABC’s George Stephanopoulos pointed out that he was mentioned in Rice’s email. It’s completely legitimate to wonder what he knew about the investigation.
Russiagate was a lie that was and still is pushed as the truth. Obamagate is a gross abuse of power and involved lawbreaking at the highest levels of our government and is based on overwhelming evidence. The left clings to the former and denies the latter. Believe fantasy and deny reality. They are mentally disturbed.
Everything the liberal-media doting public has been told about Trump’s scandals, treachery and collusion have been revealed as lies. It seems they LIKE to be lied to. They actually get upset when they AREN’T lied to.
@another vet: Looks like those years of work in the intel area has not been wasted. The criminal behavior of the Obama administration is more than concerning. The only way this stark violations of law would never come to light is by electing Clinton who would use her Clinton oily procedures to hide these actions from history. Looks like someone underestimated President Trump and his appointees as well as US voters.
Funny how the rabid right has taken to the offense of Obamagate not being just another of the long list of their conspiracy theories and unhinged gaslighting. Normally, the playbook dictates that you just keep repeating the fabricated scandal rather than selling its validity.
It seriously reminds me of Christine O’Donnell saying “I’m not a witch”.
@Ronald J. Ward: You leftists are who are in the conspiracy business. How many have collapsed since Russiagate? 10? 20?
@Deplorable Me: Ward has not followed the evidence that has been uncovered since 2017. Greg has not, they have their lips welded to the tail pipes of MSNBC ad the rest of the media that were spoonfed
“reliable” anon sources close to the matter. The same were just named as unmaskers by the DNI.
Hey hey ho ho Director Wray has got to go.
@kitt: True that the vast majority of liberals that consume nothing but liberal propaganda are flabbergasted to hear any of these details; they are incredulous and won’t accept the documented facts. People that visit this site this frequently and COMMENT on the issues cannot claim ignorance to the facts. They know what has happened but are in the business of denying it.
Today’s Trump cultist invent their own “evidence” out of thin air while disregarding “mountain of evidence” that don’t suit their agenda.
Do you know what “unmasking” even means in relationship to foreign investigations? Is there something sinister, maybe like, “czars” team Trump is trying to imply? Do you know why Obama had an interest in looking into the ambassador’s conversations with Russia?
This is an empty suit accusation dreamed up as a distraction at a time of abject failure of the Trump admin.
At a time when Team Trump has pushed testing too many people, or ordering too many ventilators, shouldn’t be done as it would spook the markets, thus actually killing people for his own financial and political interest, here you and his apologists are AGAIN defending him while joining him in “ba, ba, but OBAMAAAAA!!!!!!!!
@Ronald J. Ward:
Is that the same “moutain of evidence” Schiff said he had that suddenly vanished as soon as the Mueller report came out and said there was NO collusion? We now have sworn testimony that Obama was running his own spy program on Gen. Flynn before the FBI even knew of it. I guess Sally Yates just “invented” that testimony under oath, huh? I guess all the others testified that there was no and never was any evidence even hinting Trump or any of his associates had anything to do with the Russians so they wouldn’t hurt Trump’s feelings, huh?
Is there some reason the UN ambassador would need to unmask someone? Why would the Italian ambassador need to unmask a US citizen? How about the Treasury Secretary? Or even the Vice President? Why are they running their own surveillance games?
Yes, no, no, no and no.
It would be the same “mountain of evidence” that Trump’s defense team admitted was there to incriminate Trump but they were just going to ignore it. Mueller’s report coming out isn’t within the timeline of Trump’s team admission of mountains of evidence existing and Mueller never said there was no collusion as he stated ““We did not address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term,”.
The rest of your gibberish is similarly void from reality.
Translation: “Trump will rue the day he opened the door to prosecuting former Presidents”.
@Ronald J. Ward: Are you aware that Trump doesn’t prosecute? The DOJ does that and Trump has stayed arms length away. He only applauds their work, not define it.
Trump has stayed arms length away. That’s republican comedy, folks, which is almost always purely accidental.
@Deplorable Me: Like #8 Is not, is not bwahahahaha. Remember when Levin said there had to be FISA involvement and they denied that? He also revealed the illegal unmasking and again the called him a far right wing conspiracy monger. He was using their reporting to uncover the coup. Soloman got a “men in black” tip to begin his digging, some patriot insider. He links everything to documented evidence.
@kitt: I remember all the way back to where Trump said Obama had wiretapped him and the liberals screamed in laughter. Now it’s simply what governments do, apparently.
Fun to see the Leftist trolls going out of their rabid little minds on this one. Must be afraid.
The truth is that any President should be investigated for such things, and it’s not about Rep or Dem. If Obama was undermined by a corrupt and loyalist installed set of partisans before his term, I’d rally for justices in the same way.
Funny thing about Leftists these days. It’s not about truth, it’s about party and identity in that party.
The past administration was an attempt to install a vacuous cardboard cutout brand-name that they could then convert to never losing an election again…by way of the tyranny of the majority.
I voted for Trump for many reasons, one of them being that he’d investigate Obama’s corruption and have the truth come to light.
So much winning.