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Barack Obama is refuting accusations that he, through officials in his administration, spied on the Trump campaign, calling the allegations “absurd” and “dangerous.” The former president addressed this issue on a very soft landing spot, the “Pod Save America” podcast, which is hosted by two of his former staffers, and ironically, is distributed by a company called Crooked Media.
Host Tommy Vietor served a huge softball when he asked Obama if it is “weird for you” that President Trump tweets that he and VP Joe Biden should be indicted over what has become known in some quarters as Spygate.
Obama responded by claiming that he doesn’t read Trump’s tweets and, even so, that Republicans have failed to rein in Trump.
“The allegations are so absurd that even Republican-controlled committees looking into it have dismissed them. And, you know. Attorney General Barr has dismissed them,” Obama claimed.
“But you know, this is an example, I think, of a larger problem. Well, two larger problems, which don’t get as much attention, understandably, when you’ve got high unemployment and a pandemic raging because it doesn’t touch people’s day to day lives.
“But one of the central foundation stones of a democracy is the idea that you do not, you do not allow the politicization of the criminal justice system, the intelligence system, the military. Right? That that is stuff that you keep out of politics…Because it’s too dangerous. You want, you can’t have a democracy in which political opponents are subject to this kind of inflammatory language. Now, he did the same thing with Hillary and the ‘lock her up’ theme. And so I’m not surprised by it, that it continues.
“I’m disappointed that Republicans who know better have not checked him on this. And I think on a very important question after the election, even if it goes well with Joe Biden, is whether you start seeing the Republican Party restore some sense of ‘here are norms that we can’t breach’ because he’s breached all of them, and they have not said to him, ‘this is too far.'”
President Trump has slammed Barr for the slow pace of the sweeping probe into the origins of the Russian interference investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham, and his report apparently will be released after the upcoming election. Trump recently told FBN’s Maria Bartiromo that enough evidence exists to indict Obama and Biden for “the greatest political crime in the history of our country.”
If any criminal charges are on the horizon once the Justice Department finishes its work, if ever, they will be likely quashed by a Biden administration, if there is one.
Obama apparently forgot that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith has pleaded guilty to making a false statement as a result of the Durham probe. It remains to be seen if high-level Obama administration officials will ever face charges, however.
In terms of what inflammatory language and political norms that may have been breached according to Obama, the far-left has been running wild for months, which stretches the definition of normalcy.
It’s also ironic that Obama would warn against the politicization of the criminal justice system given the way that system treated, for example, General Michael Flynn and Roger Stone. He is also the same president that allegedly unleashed the IRS on conservative groups who were applying for non-profit status, subsequently claiming there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption in the way tax agency officials operated. A lot went on in the Obama administration, including Benghazi, but parenthetically, he also promised Americans that “if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.”
Regardless of how one feels about Trump, the evidence suggests that the intelligence community was politicized to the extent that it tried to undermine the Trump administration from day one or before, with the Trump-Russia collusion investigation as its main ploy. This form of resistance has become increasingly evident as more and more documents become declassified. To get the ball rolling, Trump foes used a Russian-sourced fake dossier paid for by the Democrats as a pretext to obtain a FISA warrant.
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