The big news over the past several days was a revelation from a former Obama official Evelyn Farkas that she urged the waning Obama administration to collect as much intelligence as they could on Trump.
Her shocking comments came two days before Trump’s tweet about being ‘wiretapped’ by the Obama administration. She said on MSNBC:
“I was urging my former colleagues, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill. 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 people who left. So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, that the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their, the staff, the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would 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 trying to also help get information to the Hill… That’s why you have the leaking!”
Sean Spicer responded to a question posed by Fox News’s John Roberts, in which he wanted to know whether the White House had the same information that Devin Nunes had regarding who did the ‘unmasking.’ Spicer responded carefully, noting that he didn’t know what Nunes knew and said that he didn’t want to comment on specifics.
Later in his reponse, he brought up Farkas:
“I know a lot of folks want to talk about the process and not the surveillance and the underlying issue. The substance, the unmasking and the leaks, is what we should all be concerned about. It affects all Americans, our liberties, our freedom, our civil liberties.
“So let’s — let’s talk about some of the substance. And I know that’s not — but on March 2, day before the president’s tweet, comments by a senior administration official foreign policy expert, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, together with previous reports that have been out, raised serious concerns on whether or not there was an organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information for political purposes.
“She admitted this on television by saying, “I was urging my former colleagues, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill. I was telling people on the Hill, ‘Get as much information as you can. Get as much intelligence as you can.’ I had a fear that they were essentially watching the Trump staff and he was worried about the Trump administration.”
“That’s what’s out there. And I know NBC News has just reported something very similar about information that was used by the Obama White House to spread this information and — this politically sensitive information.
“Dr. Farkas’ admissions alone are devastating.”
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