President Trump turns collusion charge on Obama for doing ‘NOTHING’ on Russia
President Trump sought to turn the tables on Democrats on Monday, accusing former President Barack Obama of having “colluded” with the Kremlin or “obstructed” the investigation into Russian interference through his administration’s admitted lack of action prior to the presidential election.
Trump, in a series of morning tweets, appeared to be alluding to a Washington Post report from Friday that revealed the CIA told Obama about alleged Russian meddling in the election as early as August 2016 – and yet the Obama administration didn’t publicly disclose the attempts until a little-noticed statement in October. “I feel like we sort of choked,” an anonymous former Obama official told The Post.
“The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of its meddling is that he expected Clinton would win and did not want to ‘rock the boat.’ He didn’t ‘choke,’ he colluded or obstructed, and it did the Dems and Crooked Hillary no good,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.
He added: “The real story is that President Obama did NOTHING after being informed in August about Russian meddling. With 4 months looking at Russia under a magnifying glass, they have zero ‘tapes’ of T[rump people colluding. There is no collusion & no obstruction. I should be given apology!”
Though detractors – including some high-profile Democrats – have, in the aftermath of the November vote, accused the Trump team of possibly colluding with the Russians, none of the myriad investigations probing the charge has publicly unearthed evidence of Trump campaign cooperation with Russian officials.
And even some top Democrats have begun questioning why Obama waited so long to identify – nevermind address – the Russian threat.
“I think the administration needed to call our Russia earlier, needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier, and that was a very serious mistake,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CNN on Sunday. Schiff is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee.
Schiff and other Democrats have surmised that Obama may have played low-key offense in regards to the Russian menace because Obama didn’t want to be seen as having an impact on the election. However, Trump has contended Obama sat on the information because most polls showed his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, leading with an easy path to victory.
Trump tweeted on Sunday: “If he had the information, why didn’t he do something about it?”
Shortly before he left office, Obama kicked several Russian spies out of the country, evicted diplomats from two housing complexes and instituted sanctions on Russia.
Another Dem ‘queasy’ over claim of Loretta Lynch meddling in Clinton case
Another prominent Democrat has come forward to voice concerns about allegations ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch may have sought to keep a lid on last year’s Hillary Clintons email probe, with California Rep. Adam Schiff saying he’s “queasy” at the thought.
Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, aired his concerns in an interview Sunday and said he wants to hear from Lynch personally.
“I’d like to hear what Loretta Lynch’s explanation for that is, either by having her come to the Hill or by having her speak publicly,” he said.
The call significantly ups the pressure on Lynch, as the push to scrutinize her conduct in last year’s Clinton email investigation becomes more bipartisan.
The renewed attention stems from fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony earlier this month that Lynch had instructed him to describe the probe as a “matter” – not an “investigation.” Comey said this “confused” him and cited that directive, along with Lynch’s unusual tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton while the investigation was ongoing, in his decision to announce the FBI’s findings on his own.
Comey’s handling of the case later would be cited by the Trump administration in the decision to fire him, though speculation remains widespread over to what extent the probe of Russia meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign may have played.
Yet even as Democrats focus heavily on the Russia allegations, a handful of high-powered lawmakers like Schiff now want to hear from Lynch. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN earlier this month that Comey’s charges gave her a “queasy feeling.”
Schiff said Sunday he agrees.
“It does give me a queasy feeling as well,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There may be a perfectly accurate explanation by Loretta Lynch about why she thought ‘matter’ was the appropriate term rather than ‘investigation.’ So I wouldn’t assume James Comey’s characterization is the last word on it even although though I’m sure it’s accurate.”
Asked if he would have Lynch come to the House intelligence panel, he said he’s not sure that’s part of the Russia probe.
“But I would like to hear what her explanation for that was. But I certainly wouldn’t want that to distract us from what we need to do to get to the bottom of the Russia allegations,” he said.
The comments come after a bipartisan letter was sent last week to Lynch and others regarding allegations of “political interference” in the Clinton case.
The inquiry was prompted, in part, by a series of media reports raising questions about whether Lynch tried to stifle the investigation into former Secretary of State Clinton’s use of a private email server.
“The reports come amidst numerous allegations of political inference in controversial and high-profile investigations spanning the current and previous administrations,” Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office said in a statement.
Grassley, R-Iowa; Feinstein; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., penned the letter.
The reports they cited were based on hacked documents whose authenticity has not been confirmed. This includes an April New York Times article about a batch of hacked files obtained by the FBI, including one reportedly authored by a Democratic operative who voiced confidence Lynch would keep the Clinton probe from going too far.
Bernie and Jane Sanders Under FBI Investigation For Bank Fraud – Hire Lawyers
Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane Sanders have lawyered up amid an FBI investigation into potential bank fraud.
CBS News reports
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.
Sanders’ top adviser Jeff Weaver told CBS News the couple has sought legal protection over federal agents’ allegations from a January 2016 complaint accusing then-President of Burlington College, Ms. Sanders, of distorting donor levels in a 2010 loan application for $10 million from People’s United Bank to purchase 33 acres of land for the institution.
According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders’ office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.
Sen. Sanders, formerly mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, regards the claims as a political game levied against him after his run for president in the 2016 primary election, a platform which has transformed the small-state senator into an influential voice in American liberal politics.
Jane Sanders denied any wrongdoing because let’s face it, Socialists see nothing wrong with wasting other people’s money. Sanders also agreed to a settlement after her resignation in which she collected approximately a $200,000 severance package. No worries, though, she is enjoying her new beach house.
This school was founded in 1972 and was humming along until this brilliant Socialist came up with an elaborate bank scheme, ran it into the ground and walked away with cash in hand. Typical leftist; they destroy everything they touch.