When the Democrats first started insinuating that Donald Trump was some sort of Kremlin double agent, much of the nation could tell that something wasn’t right.
The shocking claim went mainstream during a 2016 presidential debate, when then-candidate Hillary Clinton seemed to continually steer the conversation toward Russia and Vladimir Putin. She would go on to attempt linking Trump to Moscow several times, in ever-more forced ways.
As Trump rose to power, it became obvious why Clinton was so adamant about the connection: Clinton and the DNC had funded a piece of opposition research known as the Steele Dossier, and they would be using this cache of unverifiable rumors to railroad a FISA warrant out of the DOJ. The next thing we knew, Robert Mueller was wasting $25 million in taxpayer dollars trying to delegitimize Donald Trump’s victory.
Now, as a glut of these “RussiaGate” documents are becoming public, it turns out that someone was keeping The Obama White House in the loop as well.
Then-President Barack Obama was intimately aware of the details of December 2016 intercepted phone calls between President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, and then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, according to court documents released Thursday.
The former president’s knowledge and role in his administration’s investigations of the Trump campaign have long been an open question. The revelation puts the former president right in the center of the last administration’s efforts to investigate and target Flynn, whom the Justice Department just dropped their case against on Thursday. Obama had appointed Flynn as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency but had fired him in 2014, and he had reportedly warned Trump not to hire Flynn.
The newly released documents from the government’s motion to dismiss their case against Flynn show, however, that at a January 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Obama had asked Comey and Yates to “stay behind.”
Obama told them he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Kislyak, where they discussed sanctions his administration had levied against Russia. (A memo penned by then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice also showed that Biden stayed behind as well.)
The involvement of President Obama was always considered a possibility during all of this, but was up until this point unverified.
This revelation will almost certainly be followed by more calls to “investigate the investigators” of the RussiaGate ruse.
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