DOJ to Investigate Whether Obama Spied on Trump for Political Purposes
“I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes – and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!”
So wrote President Donald Trump on May 20, 2018 – a Sunday afternoon in the midst of one of the most explosive revelations about political misconduct in our nation’s history. Did President Obama authorize his intelligence community to spy on his political opponent? To spy on the man who famously questioned his birth certificate? The man who was running neck and neck with Crooked Hillary on his way to reversing history, taking Obama’s job, and destroying every last shred of his terrible legacy? Did Obama really do that?
Or did his Justice Department simply go rogue?
That the spying took place is no longer a point of contention; after reports in The New York Times and the Washington Post used FBI sources to describe the early weeks of the Trump/Russia investigation, it didn’t take long for sharp-eyed experts to identify the man at the center of the latest controversy: Cambridge professor Stefan Halper.
Halper cozied up to campaign lackies like Carter Page and George Papadopoulos in an attempt to get information about Trump’s efforts to work with Moscow. In any event, that’s what we’re told Halper was doing. Now we’re left to wonder: Was the whole “Russia” conspiracy simply a cover for Halper’s spying? Where did this investigation actually begin? On what evidence?
Trump’s legion of liberal critics were not happy with his tweet on Sunday, but the Justice Department (for once) appears to be willing to actually look into this disturbing abuse of power. DOJ officials announced Sunday that the Office of the Inspector General will be tasked with investigating the question: Did political motivations play into the FBI’s decision to spy on the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016?
The new investigation will be an extension of the FISA abuse inquiry that Michael Horowitz is already looking into. In his new assignment, Horowitz will expand that review to “determining whether there was any impropriety or political motivation in how the FBI conducted its counterintelligence investigation of persons suspected of involvement with the Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 presidential election.”
The left is crying foul, saying that Trump is making a mockery of our justice system by demanding this investigation. Here’s what they’re missing: The Justice Department is not the only game in town. The Constitution demands that Congress exercise proper oversight, and the DOJ has been absolutely out-of-bounds in denying Congress that role. It’s time for that defiance to end and cooperation to begin. The American people deserve to know what the previous administration was up to – there are too many unanswered questions about the Russia probe and its murky initiation.