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    Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administrationís Russia Probe

    New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was the Target of Obama Administrationís Russia Probe

    By Andrew C. McCarthy
    August 1, 2020

    Assertions that the focus was Ďthe Trump campaigní are now known to be ludicrous

    Long-sought documents finally pried from U.S. intelligence agencies prove that the Obama administration used the occasion of providing a standard intelligence briefing for major-party candidates as an opportunity to investigate Donald Trump on suspicion of being a Russian asset.

    I say investigate Donald Trump advisedly.

    As I contended in Ball of Collusion, my book on the Trump-Russia investigation, the target of the probe spearheaded by the FBI ó but greenlighted by the Obama White House, and abetted by the Justice Department and U.S. intelligence agencies ó was Donald Trump. Not the Trump campaign, not the Trump administration. Those were of interest only insofar as they were vehicles for Trump himself. The campaign, which the Bureau and its apologists risibly claim was the focus of the investigation, would have been of no interest to them were it not for Trump.

    Or do you suppose they moved heaven and earth, surreptitiously plotted in the Oval Office, wrote CYA memos to cover their tracks, and laboriously sculpted FBI reports because they were hoping to nail . . . George Papadopoulos?

    My book was published a year ago. It covered what was then known about the Obama-administration operation. In collusion with the Clinton campaign, and with the complicity of national-security officials who transitioned into the Trump administration, the Obama White House deployed the FBI to undermine the new president, dually using official investigative tactics (e.g. FISA surveillance, confidential informants, covert interrogations) and lawless classified leaks ó the latter publicized by dependable journalists who were (and remain) politically invested in unseating Trump.

    Now the paper trail is finally catching up with what some of us analysts long ago surmised based on the limited information previously available.

    You donít like Donald Trump? Fine. The investigation here was indeed about Donald Trump. But the scandal is about how abusive officials can exploit their awesome powers against any political opponent. And the people who authorized this political spying will be right back in business if, come November, Obamaís vice-president is elected president ó notwithstanding that heís yet to be asked serious questions about it.

    How to Conceal a Politicized Investigation

    It seems mind-boggling that, for so long, the FBI and Justice Department were able to keep a lid on the documents now being released. President Trump could have directed their disclosure at any time over the last four years. But when you think about it, concealing the paper trail was the easy part. The real challenge was: How to continue the probe even after Trump had taken office and was, at least nominally, in a position to shut it down?

    The Obama officials, including holdovers who transitioned into the Trump administration, pulled that off by intimidation: not-so-subtle suggestions that they could disclose damaging allegations at any time (e.g., the notorious ďpee tapeĒ), and that White House efforts to inquire into the scope of the investigation would be portrayed as criminal obstruction.

    Prior to the 2016 election, the FBI intentionally concealed the existence of the Trump-Russia probe from the congressional ďGang of EightĒ (the bipartisan leadership of both houses and their intelligence committees). Senior Republicans were thus kept in the dark regarding purported suspicions that the Republican presidential campaign was a Russian front, unable to pose tough questions about the probeís gossamer predication.

    Crucially, the Trump-Russia fabulists managed to sideline two Trump loyalists who would have been positioned to thwart the effort: national-security adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That left in place Obama holdovers and Trump-appointed placeholders. They were indifferent to Trump himself and cowed by the prospect of being framed as complicit in a TrumpĖRussia conspiracy, or a cover-up.

    The paper record is profoundly embarrassing, so it is only natural that the FBI and Justice Department resisted its disclosure. But documents about the investigation were demanded by congressional investigators starting years ago ó particularly by the investigation led in the House by thenĖIntelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R., Calif.).

    Congressís investigation was stonewalled. The more revelation we get, the more obvious it is that there was no bona fide national-security rationale for concealment. Documents were withheld to hide official and unofficial executive activity that was abusive, embarrassing, and, at least in some instances, illegal (e.g., tampering with a document that was critical to the FBIís presentation of ďfactsĒ to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court).

    Democrats wanted this information suppressed all along. So of course, once Democrats took control of the House in 2019, there was no possibility of pressing the question of why the Justice Department and FBI failed to comply with House information demands back in 2017Ė18, when Republicans led the relevant committees.

    One wonders, though, why the GOP-controlled Senate had so little interest in finding out why this paper trail stayed hidden despite repeated inquiries. Ditto the House Republican leadership in the first two years of Trumpís term. It is hard to draw any conclusion other than that the GOP establishment bought the ďRussian interference in our democracyĒ hysteria.

    Moscow always meddles in U.S. elections. The 2016 interference was par for the course and, as always, utterly ineffective. This time, though, Democrats were perceived as the victims, rather than the beneficiaries. For once, they and their media megaphone demanded that the political class treat Russia as a serious threat. On cue, Washington Republicans genuflected, lest they be portrayed as covering up for Trump, or as soft on Putin. Meanwhile Democrats, the party of appeasement (very much including appeasement of Moscow through the Obama years), were transmogrified into Russia hawks. And Russia hawks theyíll remain . . . right up until the moment Joe Biden takes the oath of office.

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    Source: New Disclosures Confirm: Trump Himself Was Target of Obama Administration’s Russia Probe | National Review
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    Of course he was! And it was all directed by Obama himself! Obama was the leader of the coup. What a piece of shit he is. Then again, he had absolutely no credentials to be POTUS, and the results speak for themselves.

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    I think that the title of the article, should have been, No Shit Sherlock.
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    We all know this was about Trump!

    How long did they try to claim it was all about Foreign (i.e. Russian) Election interference because that is a serious issue. One that would have including Fake Hillary Documents based on Foreign Disinformation.
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    Of course Trump had no qualifications to be President either. Main difference is Trump’s economy is a total disaster and his death toll of Americans is 150,000 heading to 200,000.

    And of course there is something very fishy about his relations with Russia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CourtJester View Post
    Of course Trump had no qualifications to be President either. Main difference is Trump’s economy is a total disaster and his death toll of Americans is 150,000 heading to 200,000.

    And of course there is something very fishy about his relations with Russia.




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    Quote Originally Posted by CourtJester View Post
    Of course Trump had no qualifications to be President either. Main difference is Trump’s economy is a total disaster and his death toll of Americans is 150,000 heading to 200,000.

    And of course there is something very fishy about his relations with Russia.
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    This may be news to some, but people who have been following this story have known this for more than two years.
    Every detail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CourtJester View Post
    Of course Trump had no qualifications to be President either. Main difference is Trump’s economy is a total disaster and his death toll of Americans is 150,000 heading to 200,000.

    And of course there is something very fishy about his relations with Russia.

    Look...We have a communist on the the forum.
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