By Jon Dougherty
Just because Democrats have taken over the House and leadership of its various oversight committees doesn’t mean Republicans are now just sitting around waiting for the next election. Many are still investigating the coup attempt against POTUS Donald Trump commonly known as “Spygate” and as such are still looking for answers.
As such, Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan and his North Carolina colleague, Mark Meadows, have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen demanding to know what former President Obama knew about the Russian collusion narrative and when he did he know it or allegedly suspect it.
In their letter, the two House Government Reform and Oversight Committee members said DHS had briefed Congress about Russia’s efforts to interfere with the election. They also noted that the Obama administration in that briefing “assured Members that it was adequately addressing any attempted interference in the election.”
Republicans, as well as POTUS Trump, have charged that the Obama regime downplayed Russian election interference until Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, then created the narrative as a means of undermining the new administration and saddling the president in particular with several investigations.
The Washington Examiner notes:
Jordan and Meadows asked for all documents used to brief lawmakers and campaign officials in 2016, and all communications between Obama administration officials on the Russian threat. They asked for the documents to be delivered by March 19.
The GOP request came just a day after House Democrats launched a wave of their own document requests to the Trump administration. The House Judiciary Committee asked for detailed documents of 81 people or entities linked to the White House, and letters were sent out by four Democrat-led committees on Monday asking for details of Trump’s conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As we have noted in previous reports, it is highly unlikely that Obama was completely in the dark about Spygate and the resultant narrative of “collusion” that led his administration to launch an unprecedented investigation into a rival presidential campaign.
In a moment of clarity, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, now a CNN analyst, admitted that the president was front and center at the head of the investigation.
“If it weren’t for President Obama we might not have done the intelligence community assessment that we did that set up a whole sequence of events which are still unfolding today including Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation,” he said in July. “President Obama is responsible for that. It was he who tasked us to do that intelligence community assessment in the first place.
In May, former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer noted that it simply wasn’t possible that President Obama was not in the loop.
Investigative reporter Paul Sperry tweet-reported, “BREAKING: Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer said ‘I guarantee the answer is yes’ to whether Obama knew Halper & others were deployed to spy on Trump campaign. Fleischer explained that no FBI director would put informants inside a presidential campaign w/o the prez authorizing it.”
Earlier that same week, POTUS Trump was asked if he believed Obama was aware of the coup attempt. When a reporter asked if Trump believes Obama knew, POTUS responded: “Would he know? I would certainly hope not. But I think it’s going to be pretty obvious after a while,” he said.
And a year ago, we reported that evidence pointed to a massive conspiracy between the CIA, FBI, the Obama White House, and top Democrats early on in Trump-Russia probe.
In February 2018, we noted that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was aware of and involved in the investigation from the outset, would have briefed her boss on a counterintelligence/criminal probe of a rival campaign.
For anyone who may be critical of the timeliness of the Jordan-Meadows letter, it’s important to point out that clues and evidence emerge when they emerge; there is no timetable for that process. Lawmakers can’t act on evidence or clues they haven’t discovered yet.
The takeaway from this is that despite the fact that Democrats are shirking their oversight responsibilities to focus on ‘creating’ a crime they can use to impeach POTUS Trump, at least some Republicans are still digging for the whole truth surrounding Spygate.
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