Earlier this month, former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas admitted that there was an all-out effort to gather and leak as much “intel” on Donald Trump during his transition period. This week, Sean Hannity addressed this in an op-ed for Fox News.
Clearly, Trump wasn’t lying when he said the Obama administration was gathering intelligence on him…
Farkas served in the Obama administration from 2012 through 2015 as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.
“I was urging my former colleagues, and frankly speaking, the people on the Hill — it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people,” Farkas said. “’Get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves the administration,’ because I had a fear that, somehow, that information would disappear with the senior people who left.”
In an admission that went unnoticed, partly because it came prior to Trump’s tweet and largely because it was made on MSNBC, Farkas continued.
“So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy that the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their — the staff, the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence,” she said. “So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open, and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia. So then I had talked to some of my former colleagues, and I knew that they were trying to also help get information to the Hill.
This is important. Farkas is admitting surveillance of Trump and his associates took place. She is admitting intelligence leaking took place.
Surveillance, unmasking of Americans swept up in foreign spying and intelligence leaking are all acknowledged on the video. For weeks, I have been asking who from the Obama administration knew what and when did they know it? Now we learn that Evelyn Farkas, a relatively low-ranking Obama administration official, knew about all this surveillance. She couldn’t have been alone.
On my television and radio programs, I have highlighted the fine reporting on this story by Sara Carter and John Solomon of Circa News. They uncovered the existence of an FBI investigation into a server that was being utilized by Trump Tower, which is where Trump’s campaign headquarters was located. They also discovered a warrant issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court that allowed federal officials to capture Trump team communications. This took place before the president took office.
Now, a newly unearthed video shows officials with direct access to President Obama had access to unmasked federal surveillance of the Trump transition team, and may have briefed President Obama himself about the information they were collecting on then President-elect Trump.
This Farkas interview will not be the last shoe to drop as the story continues to unravel. Little by little, it will come out and the American people will get answers to some very important – and troubling – questions.
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