OPINION| The Walls are starting to close in on the rampant corruption of former President Obama’s administration.
The 44th president has been more vocal in recent weeks on Twitter and in other venues in an apparent effort to play the public relations game.
Former presidents are notoriously more popular than when they were sitting presidents, but Obama has a major issue that President Donald trump is pressing to address.
The former president appears to have been much more deeply involved in the investigation into President Trump’s campaign than previously acknowledged.
That includes, but is not limited to, the unmasking of Gen. Michael Flynn who, the president believes, has been persecuted.
“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,” the president said on Twitter. “Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020
Graham said he “appreciated” the fact that the acting Director of National Intelligences revealed the names of the Obama officials involved in the unmaskings.
“The unmasking of General Flynn by the Obama Administration regarding conversations during the presidential transition are deeply troubling and smell of politics, not national security,” he said.
Graham said that Congress must take the next step to “perform oversight of these unmasking requests to ensure the process was used for legitimate national security concerns, not reprisals or political curiosity.”
“I specifically want to know how many unmasking requests were made, if any, beyond General Flynn regarding members of the Trump campaign team, family, or associates,” he said.
On Thursday House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan demanded that “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turn over a broad scope of unreacted Obama-Biden State Department documents pertaining to the corrupt Ukrainian company that was at the center of the impeachment inquiry earlier this year against President Donald Trump,” SaraCarter.com reported.
The request was made by ranking Republican of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Thursday after the recent release of redacted documentation they say reveals new information about Democratic connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, and its founder Mykola Zlochevsky. The connections between Burisma and Democrats were allegedly aided by former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and his colleagues, just as the energy company was under investigation, Jordan said.
“I write regarding documents that the State Department recently released pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),” stated Jordan, in a letter to Pompeo on Thursday. “Although these documents are partially redacted, they appear to shed new light on the actions of State Department employees during the Obama-Biden Administration in relation to the corrupt Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, and its founder, Mykola Zlochevsky.”
Jordan requested that the information be delivered to the committee by May 28. He asked for:
Unredacted copies of all documents released pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act relating to Burisma Holdings, Mykola Zlochevsky, or Hunter Biden;
All documents and communications referring or relating to Burisma Holdings or Mykola Zlochevsky for the period January 1, 2014, to January 20, 2017; and
All documents and communications referring or relating to Hunter Biden, Christopher Heinz, or Devon Archer for the period January 1, 2014, to January 20, 2017.
According to Jordan the State Department documents also reveal that the alleged “whistleblower” who began the partisan impeachment against Trump “also played a role in facilitating the Obama-Biden Administration’s interactions with the Ukrainian government relating to Burisma and Hunter Biden.”
Jordan told Pompeo that the documents reportedly detail “how the ‘whistleblower,’ as a National Security Council (NSC) detailee, hosted a White House meeting that took place with Ukrainian prosecutors in January 2016 regarding a concern that HunterBiden’s role with Burisma could complicate a potential prosecution of the company’s wrongdoing.” By Carmine Sabia