The circumstances surrounding “Obamagate” keep getting worse for Obama-era officials as more documents about the investigation come to light.
The Judge in Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s case has opted to appoint another Judge to make oral arguments against dismissal after the prosecutor assigned to the case resigned following his submittal of the DOJ’s motion to dismiss charges.
Documents provided to the Senate yesterday by Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell reveal that multiple members of Obama’s “inner circle” requested the “unmasking” of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s identity including former Vice President Joe Biden.
One reason this is a big deal is because, just 24 hours earlier, Joe Biden was asked about his involvement in the Flynn investigation to which he said he “knew nothing.” Yet, the new documents appear to show that he took an interest in Gen. Flynn’s communications and played a direct role in revealing his identity.
That revelation prompted Senator Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY) to say that Joe Biden was “caught red-handed” saying,
“The fact that Vice President Biden and all of the president’s inner circle, President Obama’s inner circle, individually requested to unmask Gen. Flynn is very troubling. Unmasking involves revealing the identity of an American’s private phone conversation without a constitutional warrant to eavesdrop on that conversation.”
Dr. Paul explained that this is exactly like the abuse of power Democrats spent the last three years accusing President Trump of demonstrating saying,
“Think about it, remember we went through this thing called impeachment. They said President Trump was using the government to go after a political opponent. This is Vice President Biden using the spying power to the United States to go after a political opponent. He’s caught red-handed here, Vice President Biden’s caught red-handed eavesdropping on political opponents’ phone calls. That to me is alarming.”
The news prompted President Trump, who has dubbed the scandal “Obamagate”, to say that Congress should compel former President Barack Obama to testify on the scandal writing,
“If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama. He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”
Senator Paul is introducing an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to ensure its courts are never again used against an American citizen, or a sitting President.