Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Who believes that President Obama didn't know what his FBI was doing?

The FBI used evidence it knew was questionable to launch and then continue a clandestine investigation into a candidate for President of the United States. They obtained warrants through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts--venues that were created to allow U.S. counterintelligence officials monitor suspected terrorists--to tap the telephones of people who worked for the Donald Trump Campaign. Even when information they developed plainly told them that there was nothing there, they continued to eavesdrop and leak, eavesdrop and leak some more, and so forth and so on until Robert J. Mueller took over in spring 2017. And all this time, then Attorney General Loretta Lynch didn't know about it?

Moreover, what did President Barack Obama know about this unprecedented and potentially explosive investigation into the affairs of Donald Trump? There were lurid, salacious rumors about videotaped nudity, bizarre sex acts that even I blush about. Obama heard about none of this? After all, Obama made his first splash onto the national political stage in part because his opponent in the Illinois U.S. Senate seat withdrew from the race. His opponent bailed out because a media investigation revealed...  allegations of lurid, salacious rumors about videotaped nudity and bizarre sex acts. Who put the Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV onto the scent of a Republican sex scandal?

And whose Department of Justice used sketchy evidence to launch a similarly sex-tinged deep dive into President Trump's campaign?

Obama didn't use the IRS to harass his political opponents, did he? Well...
Strangely enough, the IRS did target organs of the opposition party during the last administration, but the episode has largely faded from public memory without resolution. May 10 marks the fifth anniversary of the revelation that President Obama’s IRS targeted conservative groups for more than two years prior to the 2012 presidential election.

While some of the faces at the IRS have changed, the law that enabled their misuse of power has not. Congress’s failure to address the problem leaves the U.S. democratic process vulnerable to further abuses.

Lois Lerner, the career official at the center of the IRS scandal, retired on full pension after invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before Congress. John Koskinen, appointed IRS commissioner by Mr. Obama to lead the agency “in difficult times,” served his full term, spending the better part of four years stonewalling congressional requests for information. On his watch, the IRS destroyed evidence subject to subpoena.
And his State Department wouldn't run interference on a former Secretary of State's embarrassing run-in with Congress over tens of thousands of compromised Top Secret emails, would it? Umm...
The development on Capitol Hill came the same day the Associated Press reported the existence of a personal email server traced back to the Chappaqua, New York, home of Clinton. The unusual practice of a cabinet-level official running her own email server would have given Clinton – who is expected to run for president in the 2016 campaign – significant control over limiting access to her message archives.

The practice would also complicate the State Department’s legal responsibilities in finding and turning over official emails in response to any investigations, lawsuits or public records requests. The department would be in the position of accepting Clinton’s assurances she was surrendering everything required that was in her control.

Congress said it learned last summer about Clinton’s use of a private email account to conduct official State Department business during its investigation of the Benghazi attacks on a US mission in which four Americans died.

“It doesn’t matter if the server was in Foggy Bottom, Chappaqua or Bora Bora,” the House speaker, John Boehner, said. “The Benghazi select committee needs to see all of these emails, because the American people deserve all of the facts.”

"I think Michael Horowitz was surprised to learn... and I cannot believe that there is an investigation that would take you inside a presidential campaign and four people who were targeted within that campaign and that doesn't require some kind of supervisory review and initiation beyond simply the inner-reaches of the FBI?"

Too bad you can't impeach a former President. If only to change his 'honorific' from 'Former President' to 'Disgraced ex-President' Barack Hussein Obama.


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