Post by Hello Kiitty
That jackass obama is shaking in his boots.
Keep sniffing that TrumpGlue, MaxxX-Ine!!....
Trump allies push 'Obamagate,' but record fails to back them up
...Trump and his allies call it "Obamagate," and the claims are multifold: that
Obama and Biden had advance knowledge of the FBI's plans to interview Flynn
about phone calls he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the 2017
presidential transition period; and that Biden nefariously requested the
"unmasking" of Flynn, who was an unnamed American who turned up in intelligence
collected from the communications of foreigners under U.S. surveillance.
Former Obama administration officials say it is false that Biden or Obama knew
in advance about the FBI's interview of Flynn, which took place four days after
Trump took office a contention that is corroborated by a review of the very
documents that Trump and his allies are citing to bolster their claims.
The Obama officials also argue that there was nothing improper about requests,
including from Biden, to "unmask" the name of the American who turned up in
intelligence collected from the phone of Russia's then-ambassador to the U.S.,
Sergey Kislyak. Unmasking is a routine procedure approved each year by the
National Security Agency for authorized purposes amounting to several thousand
requests each year.
The U.S. intelligence documents that were, in an unusual move, unclassified and
given to the Justice Department on Wednesday detailed "unmasking" requests made
after the November 2016 election through Jan. 31, 2017.
The documents included a letter from the head of the National Security Agency,
Gen. Paul Nakasone, which said that the administration officials who had made
the requests were authorized to receive the information, and that the requests
had been reviewed by the NSA at the time to make sure they were appropriately
Still, the president and his allies are using both issues as 2020 campaign
cudgels against Biden. And they're citing them to bolster Flynn's effort to have
a court throw out his guilty plea of lying to the FBI about his conversations
with Kislyak, which included a request that Russia not respond to new Obama
administration sanctions in retaliation for Moscow's 2016 election meddling.
Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was fired less than a month after he
became Trump's national security adviser for lying to Vice President Mike Pence
and other senior White House officials by saying he hadn't discussed sanctions
with Kislyak. Flynn later pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the same