Secret investigation of Trump campaign was okay, because it was secret

Secret investigation of Trump campaign was okay, because it was secret

PE Bias Grade : F

By: Allen Nitschelm on September 25, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Official sought details about federal scrutiny of Clintons
Date 09/25/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A9 )
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Adam Goldman
Nicole Hong
William K. Rashbaum
Article Summary

John Durham’s investigation of the 2016 Trump-Russia FBI probe continues, and expands to include the Clinton Foundation.

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In some great verbal jiu-jitsu, the Boston Globe today explains that while the “right-wing” media and “Republicans” have “long promoted a narrative” that the Obama administration was using the Justice Department and FBI to target the Trump campaign and help Hillary Clinton, this simply isn’t so.

And the reason is because they kept it quiet. Had they gone public with their biased investigation, it could have hurt Trump in the election. Of course, public knowledge of the politicization of the election by the Obama administration could also have led people to conclude that they should support Trump because of obvious illegal (and unethical) interference, but that’s probably just another “right-wing” narrative.

What the “Left-wing” media seems to not want to admit–but does so in this article–is that the Obama administration was spying on the Trump campaign to help their ally, Hillary Clinton. So their admission and excuse is this:

In the Russia investigation, FBI officials did take aggressive steps such as obtaining a secret wiretap to eavesdrop on a former Trump adviser. But they also moved quietly, deploying informants and an undercover agent in part to keep the existence of the investigation from becoming public and affecting the 2016 election.

Democrat Obama, having endorsed Hillary Clinton, then unleashed his Justice Department and FBI to spy on the Trump campaign. They took steps “such as” a secret wiretap. Well, they did a lot more than that.

But their secret subversion was to protect themselves, not to protect Donald Trump’s election chances. They didn’t want to get caught.

And that is why, after Trump won, they targeted General Michael Flynn to get him fired. This probably resulted in numerous meetings, but we know of one around January 5th in which Obama, Biden, and other top officials met to discuss Gen. Flynn. They orchestrated a perjury trap, knowing that he had talked with the Russian ambassador but hadn’t spoken of it publicly, and caught him in a lie denying it (such a conversation by an incoming administration official would not be improper, by the way.) By getting rid of Flynn, they hoped they could force Trump from office before anyone figured out what had happened.

Dozens of Obama officials asked permission to “unmask” Flynn, so this was obviously a conspiracy.

So now, the Globe and NY Times spin this secret coup attempt into evidence that the Obama administration really wasn’t trying to hurt Trump.

That takes some chutzpah, but it fails the smell test. Nice try.


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