Amid two scandals, and the insufferable prospect of a Joe Biden–Donald Trump rematch, the question nobody seems to be asking is: What did the former president know and when did he know it?
In this case, the former president would be Barack Obama.
Colluding with the FBI
The long-awaited Durham report found a rotten, politicized FBI, while America is getting more specifics about the Biden family’s apparent global influence-peddling operation.
Obama plays only a supporting actor role in both instances but is an unnecessarily passive one.
The corrupt drama in the FBI, detailed in the 316-page report from the office of Special Counsel John Durham, began under the Obama administration.
We know now that the highest levels of Obama’s law enforcement and national security apparatus were aware Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was pushing for a baseless investigation.
“This criminal abuse of power went all the way up to the Oval Office where President Obama and then Vice-President Joe Biden were in on it from the very beginning,” said House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. “This was an unlawful attempt by the politicized FBI and DOJ to meddle in our elections.”
The government received intelligence in July 2016 alleging that the Clinton campaign approved “a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisors to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security services,” the Durham report explains.
Then-CIA Director John Brennan briefed this intelligence to then-President Obama, then-Vice President Biden, then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and then-FBI Director James Comey. However, all engaged in what The Wall Street Journal called “willful ignorance.”
No, that doesn’t mean Obama should have stepped in to halt the probe. But it does demonstrate that the president was aware the federal law enforcement working for him was carrying out a bogus investigation against the political opposition–prompted by the campaign of his former secretary of state.
Allowing Frivolous and Bogus Investigations
An honorable leader and a patriot would have spoken up regardless of party. In a non-banana republic, both political parties would agree that the power of the federal law enforcement complex should not be the tool of the party in power to attack the opposition party.
So many people–not entirely without merit–have accused Trump of violating norms. As president, Trump would pout childishly, tweet dumb things, and call people ridiculous names. Trump is of course his own worst enemy on some fronts. This wasn’t one of those fronts.
If a president is to blame, it’s Obama, even if he didn’t initiate this. The executive branch – under Obama’s watch – weaponized the federal government for election meddling.
That’s one of the worst norm violations imaginable in a democracy.
Investigating President Trump
But Trump won the 2016 election despite that. The investigation that had commenced when he was a candidate was cranked up throughout most of his presidency.
Earlier this month, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee released a 36-page memo highlighting bank records that showed while Joe Biden was vice president his family members netted $10 million from Chinese and Romanian sources that were funneled through 20 LLCs.
This came shortly after the same committee subpoenaed the FBI for information about an alleged bribery scheme with Biden while he served as vice president. A whistleblower brought the information to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
Grassley and Oversight Chairman James Comer wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray that said the document “describes an alleged criminal scheme involving then-Vice President Biden and a foreign national relating to the exchange of money for policy decisions.”
The FBI is so far stonewalling, having missed the committee’s deadline. We don’t know whether the documents will be a bombshell or a nothing burger.
Still, it’s completely consistent with what is known based on the bank records about a family that uses the “big guy’s” political office to cash in through a web of LLCs.
Are we to believe Obama never suspected something was happening with his vice president, as he assigned him with significant tasks such as traveling to China and Ukraine?
It is plausible, even if we know that Obama was aware of the flaws behind Crossfire Hurricane.
Obama is significantly more likable and popular than his two successors. Maybe it’s unlikely he actively assisted in either of these scandals. But passively turning his head to wrongdoing is not a positive legacy.
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Barbara Joanna Lucas is an opinion writer and researcher in Northern Virginia. She has been a healthcare professional, political blogger, is a proud dog mom, and news junkie. Follow her on Twitter @BasiaJL.
May 18, 2023 at 9:17 pm
what a bunch of right wing crap by a bunch of fox news loyaist who cant tell the truth!
May 18, 2023 at 9:46 pm
Barbara Joanna Lucas? Researcher? Don’t tell me, you are a Republican right? “Obama Broke America?” Interesting to say this considering what he had inherited from the Bush Administration. Let’s tell it like it is, when Bill Clinton was President, we actually had a surplus, within 1 year after Bush being President, we were literally Trillions of Dollars in debt. Going to War for so called weapons of mass destruction, and driving this country into the ground way before Obama came into the picture. You may want to do a little more research, or is it just selective research? Obama inherited a mess, fact. You can only do so much with something that has already been broken.
May 19, 2023 at 6:48 am
Barack Obama gutted America.
That was said by trump when his commander told him troops in Afghanistan were running low on ammo and couldn’t go out on patrol.
Obama was busily fixing Iraq due to his policy mistakes that allowed daesh to run rampant before taking action while ignoring repeated warnings that field supplies were running low.
Thus the administration of Obama (barry) was bad for the US.
Obama had earlier falsely blamed bush for the fast & furious gun running fiasco which led to thousands of guns falling into wrong hands in Mexico.
Obama had a reputation for making snappy statements but failing to follow up with concrete action.
He was fond of always blowing hot and cold, as if quickly catching and conveying a rare mental inspiration followed by physical paralysis.
Obama enjoyed making statements that were hotly popular with the press but going cold later with little or no action.
Thus US under Barack Obama experienced the 2008-2009 banking crisis and low-income and middle-income folks lost over half their wealth.
Obama wanted to hand over the US white house to his erstwhile rival hillary Clinton which alarmed many nations, in particular, Russia.
Clinton’s image as a democrat party neocon and she was expected to initiate ww3 if she became president. Thus Obama made a very poor decision that later led to furious accusations of GOP ‘collusion’ with Russia.
May 19, 2023 at 7:39 am
This article confirms that Obama achieved part of his goal of the basic transformation of America. It’s quite obvious that he literally, and figuratively, weaponized every 3 letter Government agency.
IMO, the vaccine mandates, the push to eliminate firearms and, the Jan 6th prosecution are a continuation of Obama’s goal, via his V.P., to complete the basic transformation of America…. by removing the freedom of “We the People” with the lesson to not attempt to overthrow the Government.