As chilling as that abuse of power by Obama is, a remark by Rush Limbaugh on Thursday raises the specter of something even more sinister by Obama.
Did Obama use the NSA to spy on Mitt Romney and steal the 2012 election?
Limbaugh used an on-air statement by Obama aide Evelyn Farkas to lay out the timeline of Obama's political espionage of Donald Trump.
Before, we knew Obama's spying on Trump went back to a failed attempt in June 2016 to get a warrant to wiretap from a federal judge under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.
Andrew McCarthy reported this in the National Review on March 3.
But McCarthy reported that a judge later issued a FISA warrant in October -- weeks before the election.
However, when Farkas went on MSNBC, she pushed the timeline back even further.
Her purpose was to urge her fellow aides to tell what they know, because when she was part of the Obama administration, she had seen intelligence information linking Trump to Russia.
Limbaugh added one to one, came up with two, and said:
She left the Obama administration, left the Pentagon, in September 2015. So let me tell you what that means. Contrary to it meaning that she was out of the loop, it means that this intell collection against the Trump campaign had to be going on from the very earliest days. Remember, Trump’s trip down the escalator was in June of 2015 — or was it July? June 16th, yeah. That trip down the escalator, June of 2015.Limbaugh also said:
Remember, this is the period of time, you know, Trump’s June the 16th announcement, that’s where everybody was laughing themselves silly thinking he couldn’t possibly be serious. He’s just come out here and basically called every Mexican a rapist and said he doesn’t respect McCain ’cause he doesn’t like military people that get captured, doesn’t respect, all that. This is back in the day when people thought Trump was gonna implode and crater with every public appearance. And that went on for the two months. They were not taking Trump seriously. That’s what’s amazing about this. They were still surviving the guy and his campaign, according to Evelyn Farkas.That's an indication that the immoral political espionage pre-dated the announcement.
And this pre-dated Paul Manafort's involvement in the campaign by almost a year, so that cannot be the cover for the political spying by Obama.
Why would anybody be colluding with Trump? Nobody thought Trump was gonna win. Probably Trump didn’t think he was gonna win. Although he says he did. But June, July, August 2015, folks, we’re coming up on a year and a half ago now. And at that time everybody thought it was gonna be Jeb. Jeb! With the exclamation point. Everybody thought it was gonna be Jeb. Am I right about that? And there was some attention being paid to Ted Cruz. But not Trump.
So why weren’t the Russians trying to engineer some deal with Jeb? Why wasn’t there any intel on that? Why weren’t the Russians trying to strike a deal with Cruz? Why isn’t there any intel on that? Why haven’t there been any leaks about that? ‘Cause nobody in 2015 thought that it was gonna be the Trumpster.Now it may be that Obama just went after Trump because of the birther thing. That is a plausible scenario. But that would push the timeline back even further to 2011.
But maybe the political espionage -- the abuse of the NSA's power -- was modus operandi for Obama.
If Obama never spied on political opponents before, why would Obama suddenly risk being caught wiretapping someone just to elect Hillary Clinton, whom he despises?
Congress should look into possible espionage and sabotage by Obama in the 2012 election.
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