“FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE EXISTING PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 15, 2019) — On Thursday night’s “Hannity,” Fox News Legal Analyst Gregg Jarrett told host Sean Hannity that former White House occupant Barack Obama was aware of the FBI and CIA’s counterintelligence probe and surveillance of members of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
In discussing the implosion of the Trump-Russia “collusion” probe with no findings of conspiracy by the Mueller report released in April, Hannity asked Jarrett if the origins of the probe into “the campaign, transition and presidency and the counterintelligence investigation might go into the office of Barack Obama.”
Investigative journalist Sara A. Carter, who appeared alongside Jarrett, responded to Hannity, “You’ve pretty-much said it, Sean. This is a very expansive investigation on the part of John Durham,” referring to the U.S. attorney in Connecticut who Attorney General William Barr assigned to “investigate the investigators” who participated in pursuing the Trump-Russia conspiracy narrative during the 2016 election cycle and beyond.
Multiple investigations have been launched into the origins of the FBI’s unprecedented probe into a presidential campaign which appears to have involved overseas intelligence agencies in countries such as Australia, Italy, and the UK, as Hannity and his guests have reported over several months.
“Do you see the five investigations, including John Solomon’s belief that there’ll be a separate leak investigation and my belief that the work that the work that Durham interviewing Steele and Barr are doing will be the tip of the iceberg in terms of the intelligence community, and do you agree with Andy McCarthy, Gregg Jarrett, that if it was a counterintelligence investigation, that goes right into Barack Obama’s Oval Office with him sitting there and approving it because it would have to be his?” Hannity asked.
“Andy McCarthy” is former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Andrew McCarthy, who is now a columnist at National Review and Fox News contributor. John Solomon is Executive Vice President of Video at The Hill following employment at Circa News, where he worked closely with Sara Carter, and the Associated Press.
Both Sara Carter and Solomon have reported groundbreaking news on the FBI’s part in the Trump-Russia “collusion” probe and its many-tentacled reaches into the Justice Department, State Department, members of the U.S. Senate, and the media through illegal leaks.
Durham has recently interviewed Trump-Russia “dossier” compiler Christopher Steele in the UK, according to recent reports, which Jarrett connected to a text message exchanged between former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. Both Strzok and Page worked on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into “collusion.” Page left the Bureau in May 2018, and Strzok is now suing over his August 2018 termination.
“We already know that because of a text message from Strzok to Page saying, ‘The White House wants to know everything we’re doing on this,'” Jarrett responded. “…When you run a counterintelligence op, it’s for the benefit of the existing president, Barack Obama…but it’s more malevolent than that…” he continued.
The dossier was used as “evidence” to procure four continuous surveillance warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page between October 2016 and June 2017. Page was never charged with a crime, although several former Trump aides were charged and convicted of “process crimes.”
Jarrett said that the FBI launched the Trump probe without proper predication. Emerging documentation obtained from the FBI and released by Judicial Watch in recent weeks has shown coordination between DOJ and FBI officials to advance the “collusion” narrative based on the Steele dossier, whose contents remain unverified.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.