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It has taken a long time, but the focus is shifting to the actions of key members of the Obama administration, to include former President Barack Obama himself, in regard to efforts to undermine President Donald Trump.

The effort by the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign was known as #Spygate, but in a series of tweets on Sunday, the president shifted the narrative to #Obamagate.

On Monday, U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to shed some light on Team Obama.

 

Jordan laid out a critical three-week window, beginning on January 3, 2017. An Oval Office meeting on Jan. 5 is included here, with Obama being briefed by members of his team, to include Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Russia-related matters. Former Vice President Joe Biden was also present at the meeting.

President-elect Trump would be briefed by this cabal the day after this meeting, with Comey staying behind afterward to allegedly attempt to trap him.

“Those three weeks in January tell us everything, and the president is exactly right,” Jordan said. “If it can happen to him, imagine what they can do to you, to Andy, to me and more importantly, to any American citizen. That’s why this is so darn wrong.”

Turning to Biggs, Dobbs asked about who is responsible for “the conspiracy” against Trump.

“He obviously believes it is President Obama. What do you believe?” he asked.

“Well, I think all the evidence — Jim gave you a great timeline — but all the evidence does point to coming right out of the top from President Obama on down,” Biggs said.

The GOP lawmaker then called the effort to take out Trump a “coup.”

“This really was a conspiracy to do something we’ve not seen in American history, and that was to actually perform a coup,” he insisted. “That’s really what this was. I mean, you can’t get to it any more succinctly than that.”

“This was an attempt to undermine the election of the people. That’s a coup,” Biggs added. “And they were abusing their power, abusing the process, and they were using the media.”

Late Monday, President Trump took to Twitter to retweet 12 tweets from unleash a series of retweets of investigative reporter Paul Sperry, a media fellow at the Hoover Institution.

The tweets involve the FBI, the Hillary Clinton campaign, ex-British spy Christopher Steele and his fake Russian dossier, all of which played a role in undermining Trump.

Back at it Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted in response to a tweet from Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett that named Obama as part of the set up of former national security advisor Mike Flynn.

“OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!” the president tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1260156226224128000?s=20

Trump also retweeted the tweet below on Sunday:

While the media appears to be eager to pit Trump against his predecessor, Senate Republicans don’t seem to be as quick to play along, as Politico reported the GOP-led upper chamber would pass on calling Obama as they conduct their own probe.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and his committee are reportedly investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation and is expected to call Yates and Comey, but the senator showed no interest in adding Obama to the list.

“I’m not anticipating calling President Obama,” Graham said, according to Politico.

At the same time, Graham said Trump has “a real good reason to be upset with the Obama people.”

Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) also hesitated to go after Obama, according to Politico.

“That’s already being looked at, and we’ve got relevant committees up here that are talking a look at some of those issues too. I always think that at the end, eventually the truth comes out, and I’m sure it will here too,” he said.

As for pursuing a criminal investigation, it seems Republicans are willing to leave that to U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was tapped by Attorney General Williams Barr to investigate the investigators.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, said he can understand why President Trump is frustrated.

“He was accused of being a stooge for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and then subject to the appointment of a special counsel,” Cornyn told Politico. “I understand why the president feels like he’s under assault. But I think we need to do our own independent investigation. Obviously, Mr. Durham is doing his. We’ll hear from them. But I think we have an important role to play in terms of congressional oversight.”

Of course, any action whatsoever from the Senate Judiciary Committee would be a welcome sight for some on the right.

Tom Tillison

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