The mainstream media has reported incessantly about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their reporting focused nearly entirely on whether the Trump campaign was coordinating with the Russians to rig the election.
However, they seem to have a blind spot when it comes to the fact that Barack Obama was president at the time.
Why didn’t his administration stop the Russians?
And more importantly, why did no one bother to question them about it after the interference was discovered?
President Trump wonders the same thing. Last May he tweeted, “Why didn’t President Obama do something about Russia in September (before November Election) when told by the FBI? He did NOTHING and had no intention of doing anything!”
If journalists were actually concerned about the truth, they would ask Obama and members of his administration this question. Unfortunately, that is asking too much of the media.
Now, a new report has been released by the Senate Intelligence Committee that sought to answer the question. So, why did the Obama Administration fail to prevent Russian interference in the 2016 election?
The committee found that the Obama administration was “not well-postured” to counter the Russian interference campaign and said that while “high-level warnings were delivered to Russian officials, those warnings may or may not have tempered Moscow’s activity.”
CNBC reported, “The committee noted that institutional constraints prevented the administration from acting more aggressively. The report documents members of the administration agonizing over the potential that a public statement about the hacking efforts — while Obama was actively campaigning for Clinton — would be perceived as political.”
‘Those factors included the highly politicized environment, concern that public warnings would themselves undermine confidence in the election, and a delay in definitive attribution to Russia, among other issues,’ the report said.”
To summarize the report, the Obama administration screwed up. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention.
There is also ample evidence to suggest that the Obama national security apparatus was illegally spying on the Trump campaign during the same time period.
The entire Russia investigation was launched due to a FISA warrant that was obtained using the discredited dossier obtained by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele. Steele was hired by Fusion GPS, which was in turn funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. Their goal was to obtain opposition research on the Trump campaign.
A FISA judge has publicly rebuked Obama’s FBI Director James Comey for his role in fraudulently obtaining the FISA warrant to surveil Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page.
Despite years claiming that he did nothing wrong or illegal, a recent Inspector General Report disproved his claims of innocence.
Now, the FISA court itself has publicly rebuked Comey and the FBI as a whole. That is an unprecedented move by the secret court, and it speaks to the seriousness of the violations committed by the FBI under the leadership of Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Rosemary Collyer, who is the presiding judge on Foreign Surveillance Court, said that the IG report “calls into question whether the information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”
Collyer said that the FBI’s actions in the Carter Page investigation “was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor” required by the law that established the surveillance court. Judges on the court rely entirely on the government’s submission. Because they are the only documents the court sees, the government has a heightened duty of candor.”
Little by little, the onion layers are being peeled showing the shady activities of the Obama administration. It will likely only get worse for them. Attorney General William Barr has ordered a full investigation into the illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign.
They might want to lawyer up. They are going to need help when Barr is through.