“OF COURSE OBAMA KNEW”
by Sharon Rondeau
Chaffetz, who served as chairman of the House Oversight Committee and left Congress last year, said he believes Attorney General William Barr “has the political backbone” to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative but that he is not confident that prosecutions will follow.
Fitton, who is president of the government-watchdog group Judicial Watch, which has obtained numerous document releases on the “Russia” scheme through FOIA requests and lawsuits, said he believes the DOJ inspector general’s report on Comey issued last week sheds light on “the coup” which highly-placed government officials, apparently enlisting the assistance of foreign intelligence services, conducted against the campaign and Trump personally.
Early in the new administration, Comey had denied to Trump that he was under investigation, yet Trump became the focus of the “collusion” narrative which accused Trump and/or his campaign of coordinating with the Russian government to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.
Comey’s leaking of a memo to “a friend,” who was also one of his personal attorneys, shortly after he was fired in May 2017 was done with the purpose of prompting a special counsel investigation, Comey testified in June 2017. Comey’s desire was fulfilled by then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who hired former FBI Director Robert Mueller to assume the counterintelligence probe launched by the FBI in July 2016 or possibly before.
Mueller’s 22-month probe found insufficient evidence of a conspiracy between the campaign and Russia to impact the election. On the allegation of “obstruction of justice,” Mueller’s team did not reach a conclusion but said they were unable to “exonerate” Trump, a point House Democrats immediately seized upon to further their impeachment probe.
Fitton despaired that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired in March of last year for reportedly making unauthorized disclosures to the media, was referred for criminal investigation some 18 months ago but has not been charged.
Comey, too, was referred to the Justice Department for a decision on criminal prosecution, which the DOJ declined to pursue, according to the report.
“The more you look at it, the bigger it is in terms of its impact, explaining the coup against President Trump,” Fitton said of the IG’s report, which found Comey violated FBI and DOJ policies by providing four memos he wrote while still FBI director to his three personal attorneys. “James Comey was a spy against president-elect Trump and then President Trump,” Fitton continued. Speaking of a meeting at Trump Tower on January 6, 2017, Fitton said, “He went over there just before he was elected with this dossier knowing it was false to elicit witness reaction, or subject reaction, and record it quickly for his colleagues at the FBI…and it helps explain, after he was fired, why Rosenstein and McCabe were talking about wearing a wire to go after the president, because their chief spy, Comey, was no longer there to gather intel from the president.”
“There is no counterintelligence without the president knowing,” Hannity responded, quoting from statements made by former Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy last week. “What did Obama know? What did (Susan) Rice know? What did Brennan know? What did Clapper know? What did Comey know?…” Hannity asked rhetorically.
“They all had a meeting about it in the Oval Office a few days before Comey went over,” Fitton replied. “Of course Obama knew.”
Fitton’s statement coincides with reporting by investigative journalist John Solomon of The Hill, who said in April that the Russia probe actually began in early 2016 in the Oval Office.