Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has to deal with Democrats trying with all their might to force him to recuse himself from any ongoing investigations into Russian meddling within the 2016 presidential election. However, he has just been given a very big gift by the Obama administration.
Obama’s Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, met with MSNBC for an interview earlier this week. It was there she blatantly admitted – on air – that the administration had spied on the Trump campaign throughout the presidential election.
It looks as if being around other liberals gave her the feeling that she could let her guard down and be honest about something. As it turns out, her honesty only revealed what President Trump has been urging everyone to believe for quite some time.
On March 4, while away at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump fired off his first tweet accusing Obama of wiretapping his phones at Trump Tower in New York during the election. Shortly after, a spokesman for Obama released a statement, rebutting Trump’s accusations: “No White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.
Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.”
Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Over the next few days, Washington went into a tailspin trying to make sense of the situation. Democrats of course came to Obama’s aid, and shot down the claim made by President Trump.
The former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama, James Clapper, said that “there was no wiretap against Trump Tower during the campaign conducted by any part of the National Intelligence Community … including the FBI.”
The left also worked very hard to turn Trump’s claim back onto himself. They insisted that it was all part of some scheme to distract everyone from real, more important issues by stating false claims, generating empty investigations that lead nowhere and stirring up controversy on Capitol Hill.
Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump’s wiretap accusation came “out of thin air.” In an interview, Sherman said, “It’s part of the Trump approach of ‘Ready, Shoot, Aim’. He announces… that Obama is sick or bad because Obama had Trump Tower bugged, but… shows no evidence.”
As the Democratic agenda made its way through Washington, it even caused some Republican lawmakers to second-guess the president’s intent. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said President Trump should have never accused Obama of wiretapping him last year.
“He should not have done it,” he told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s The Situation Room. “I said that almost from day one.” King added that Trump “overshot the mark” in responding to real leaks from Obama-era officials within the federal government.
Rep. Nunes also came forward with a statement. While he did say there was no evidence of wiretapping after he received DOJ documents that helped him come to that conclusion, Nunes did not rule out other methods of spying. “We know there was not a wiretap on Trump Tower,” he said in an opening statement before an intelligence hearing on March 20. “However, it’s still possible that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.
”Well it seems that Nunes’ gut feeling paid off. During her interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Farkas was very open about the Obama administration’s actions during the presidential election.
From the transcript of the interview:
“I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can – get as much intelligence as you can – before President Obama leaves the administration.”
“Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”
“So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to [Democrat politicians].”
Wow. So after all that work by the Democrats – the “Hill people” – Farkas just laid it all out in the open. Obviously she didn’t do it on purpose, but sometimes people think they are so intelligent that whatever they say is above our heads anyway. Obviously her PhD isn’t in keeping secrets. Also, if she has so much information that some of it accidentally slips, what else is she hiding? As the former Asst. Defense Secretary to Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, she’s probably sitting on a lot of information that can help the House Intelligence Committee with the ongoing Russia investigations.
As if it couldn’t get any worse, Farkas then admitted that she was the key witness in the article the New York Times released that exposed how the Obama administration worked quickly to preserve all of the intelligence it had on Russia before Trump entered the White House. Even after the NYT tried to conceal her identity by stating all of the sources who came forward with information for the article “spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing classified information, nearly all of which remains secret,” she still blabbed. She’s definitely fallen out of Obama’s good graces now.
Nunes needs to work quickly to get all of the information Farkas has before Obama sends his cronies to “deal with her.” It might also be a good idea to set up the court room to look like a news soundstage. Even though she may not want to speak to GOP leaders about what really went on in the Obama administration, Farkas doesn’t seem to have any issue with letting it all out on network television.