What Did Obama Know?

2020 May 9
by bc3b

Last week we talked about how the media plays two ways – offense (attacking President Trump) and defense (defending Democrats). Never did the media mount a greater defensive effort than during the eight years of the Obama presidency. Obama (and the media) loves to brag that “there wasn’t a smidgen of scandal or corruption during the Obama presidency.” Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The media totally overlooked (and completely buried) things like Fast and Furious, which made Watergate look like a pre-school activity and would have  brought about the impeachment of any Republican president, to the abuses of the intelligence community (John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Peter Strzok and others) in spying on Americans and misusing their power in an attempt to control power within the United States.

When news of the Department of (in)Justice overreach (persecution) of General Flynn became known and charges were dropped, the first thing CNN did was  bring in left-wing legal “experts” to disparage President Trump and Attorney General Barr for making Flynn’s release “political” while downplaying/burying facts in the case (the government’s complete abuse of power).

Which brings us to Barack Obama. Could this have possibly have happened without his knowledge? Was he actually the one directing the DOJ/FBI in an attempt to maintain the Democrats’ power and handcuff his successor?

Larry O’Connor writes:

When one writes a regular opinion column, one is often faced with multiple major stories in the news that deserve further analysis and context that inspire thought and even passion from one’s readers. Today, those of us in this noble trade are faced with a serious quandary: Where to begin?

– Do we celebrate the partial justice delivered to American patriot Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the Justice Department properly withdrew criminal charges against him?

– Do we focus on the nefarious actions of the Comey FBI and Lynch Justice Department under Barack Obama that led to the vengeful vendetta against the general?

– Do we discuss the duplicity and corruption of the Mueller investigators in using the FBI’s dirty work to threaten Flynn’s family and basically coerce a false guilty plea from him?

– Do we pivot to the other major news item of the day and delve into the voluminous House Intel testimony that was finally released thanks to the herculean efforts of Acting ODNI Richard Grenell?

– Do we explain how Rep. Adam Schiff has been fully exposed as the lying, defamatory charlatan that he truly is as the testimony proves that he never saw the direct evidence proving Trump/Russia collusion as he has claimed for the past several years?

You see the challenge.

If one is to take the proverbial 35,000-foot view of all these stories and focuses one’s eyes as if they are trying to discover the 3-D picture in one of those tacky 90s “magic eye” pictures, one image clearly appears.

President Barack Obama is at the center of all of this. Indeed, Obama oversaw it all, from the start.

The investigation of Flynn. The surveillance of Carter Page and George Papadopolous. The Steele Dossier infection of the FISA courts. The Kangaroo Court hearings. The Special Counsel investigation built on known fictions.

None of it happens without Obama.

Over the past few years, most of the enterprising journalists and commentators who have strayed from the lockstep march of establishment media and politicians by challenging the lazy Trump/Russia collusion hoax have been asking a basic question related to the enormous political scandal:

What did Obama know, and when did he know it?

It’s political scandal journalism 101, yet the Pulitzer-prize winning elites at CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post are not in any way interested. Curious.

For now, let’s just focus on the Flynn portion. Here’s what we now know about Obama’s involvement in the Flynn episode: Sally Yates, as Acting Attorney General, authorized FBI agents (including disgraced Peter Strzok) to interview then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the early days of the Trump Administration. It was that interview that led to the persecution of Flynn at the hands of the Mueller investigators. The predicate for this questioning was concern over violations of the archaic Logan Act that alleged to happen in a phone call between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

It was that Logan Act predicate that triggered the Justice Department to withdraw charges against Flynn yesterday because, as Attorney General William Barr explained to CBS News, “they initially tried some theories of how they could open an investigation which didn’t fly and then they found out they had technically not closed the earlier investigation and they kept it open for the express purpose of trying to catch, lay a perjury trap for General Flynn. They didn’t warn him the way we would usually be required by the Department. They bi-passed the Justice Department. They bi-passed the protocols at the White House and so-forth.”

In the trove of documents released yesterday, a stunning revelation was discovered.

“Yates first learned of the December 2016 calls between [LTG Michael] Flynn and [Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey] Kislyak on January 5, 2017, while in the Oval Office. Yates, along with then FBI-Director James Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, were at the White House to brief members of the Obama Administration on the classified Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian Activities in Recent U.S Elections. President Obama was joined by his National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, and others from the National Security Council,” the document states.

“After the briefing, Obama dismissed the group but asked Yates and Comey to stay behind. Obama started by saying he had ‘learned of the information about Flynn’ and his conversation with Kislyak about sanctions. Obama specified he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information. At that point, Yates had no idea what the President was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act, but can’t recall if he specified there was an ‘investigation,'” it continues.

Yates learned of the Flynn/Kislyak phone call from the president himself. Clearly, the president informing the top official at the Justice Department about this information triggered a criminal investigation. A criminal investigation that we now know, for certain, was inappropriate at best, criminal and corrupt at worst (and more likely.)

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Hat tip: townhall.com

16 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 May 9 3:29 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    First black President. WaPo, NYT, CNN, …, were all determined it would be successful.
    Except … he wasn’t black. He was half white and half black.
    And it was an awful, corrupt, anti-freedom, pro-oppression presidency. A huge failure.

  2. 2020 May 9 3:55 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Chris Matthews said, “My job is to make this presidency a success.”

    At least he was more open and honest than CNN, the “Alphabet Networks,” the NY Times, Washington Times, LA Times and other MSM outlets that claim to be real journalists.

  3. 2020 May 9 4:05 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Scandal-free Obama strikes again:

    https://outline.com/YwvSML

  4. 2020 May 9 5:19 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    1,4,

    With Flynn’s release and the dam breaking on Schiff’s document trove to be used politically in two ways:

    * Sink Biden. Biden appears to have been involved/complicit at a minimum by omission at least. He could be painted as politically tainted by the involvement. Its detraction is that it would have to be held off till the right moment, say in October for surprise.
    * Sink other members of the Dim party — Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler. They were up to their necks in it.

    The plus? In making this political the press and the Democrats have to defend. To do that they have to bring this whole sorrid tale to light to spin their tale. The forced disclosure would be worse than any narrative they can spin. The election ads write themselves.

  5. 2020 May 9 5:30 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Schiff if he was smart should just commit suicide.

  6. 2020 May 9 6:57 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    7, I’d loan him a bullet.

  7. 2020 May 9 7:21 am
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    justrand permalink

    Drdog, the entire corps of Goebbles wannabes has lined up to claim that General Michael Flynn was THE greatest traitor to America…ever. Benedict Arnold a distant second. Every Democrat, including Schiff, is spouting this big lie, and coming to aid of the coup-planners.

    Thus I am not optimistic that justice will be done…not with a bunch of weak-kneed RINOs in Congress.

    Exit question: What did the coup-planners have on Jeff Sessions? He was waaaay more than just incompetant…he essentially abetted them.

  8. 2020 May 9 2:45 pm
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    9 – Maybe he was just the inside man all along selling insurance, that the scumbag is still supporting RosenWeasel to this very day is pretty damning.

    Musk – Could be bailing on Cali, between putting 5 properties up for sale last week and this today, he might actually be serious. NV\TX’s gain.
    https://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2020/05/09/elon-musk/

  9. 2020 May 9 3:28 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “7, I’d loan him a bullet.”

    Loan him six, I don’t want him to miss.

  10. 2020 May 9 3:47 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    11, LOL.

  11. 2020 May 9 3:48 pm
    [14]
    JimNorCal permalink

    Lots o’ stuff in the PiwerLine comments

  12. 2020 May 9 3:49 pm
    [15]
    JimNorCal permalink

    Another sample or two …

  13. 2020 May 9 3:51 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

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