Donald Trump just threw it high and inside to Democrats in congress.
I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!
Trump had a meeting with Wray and Rosenstein that was frank and earnest. Trump was frank, and they were earnest. Trump said he would ask whether “any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama administration.” He clearly asked both Wray and Rosenstein whether they were ready, willing and able to do their job. Rosenstein and Wray quickly folded. They obviously snapped to attention and said, “yes sir.”
They ordered the IG to investigate and they immediately set up a meeting to give Devin Nunes and Trey Gowdy and complete access to the documents previously requested. Significantly, Democrats were not invited to this meeting.
Rosenstein: “If anyone did infiltrate or surveil participants in a presidential campaign for inappropriate purposes, we need to know about it and take appropriate action.”
DOJ spokeswoman Flores:
“The Department has asked the Inspector General to expand the ongoing review of the FISA application process to include determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election,”
Adam Schiff was left with egg all over his face and, as expected, he issued an absurd response:
“If this is the same materials that the Department of Justice and FBI expressed such a great concern over that could put lives at risk, that could compromise relationships with foreign partners, then why are they capitulating? Why have those concerns gone away, because if they haven’t then they shouldn’t be providing this information,”?
Among other things, Schiff tried to throw Rosenstein under the bus. Rosenstein knows that. He has probably had it up to here with “Slick Schiff.”
Democrats weren’t invited to view these documents because they showed no interest in viewing them. Schiff admitted that in his response. His argument about “lives at risk” is absurd. The informant has been publicly identified by several people as Stefan Halper. Exposing his name had zero impact on his personal safety or national security. Democrats didn’t need to see the documents because they already knew his name.
We recently learned that Andrew McCabe leaked details of the Russia Dossier to CNN. Since the day Trump was elected there has been a steady stream of leaks calculated to resist his presidency. It is obvious that Democrats were unwilling to accept the results of the election. Trump knew that, but he could not prove it. That has changed. While neither Mueller or anyone else has a shred of evidence regarding collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia, there is a growing mountain of evidence that the Obama administration was using the FBI and the Intelligence agencies to spy on the Trump campaign. It is impossible to overstate the significance of this scandal. It just may be the worst scandal regarding abuse of power in our nation’s history.
The responsible and smart thing for Mark Warner and Adam Schiff would be to acknowledge the seriousness of this and demand a bi-partisan investigation. Instead they are pretending this doesn’t matter. That causes one to wonder what either of them knew or should have known. The question is: are they merely stupid or are they complicit?
We will soon know, because Donald Trump has upped his game big league. Both Wray and Rosenstein have been either drafted or recruited to the Trump team. This has been elevated to a whole new level and that will soon become obvious.