Trump commented that Biden knew of the spying, going so far as to lie to Congress. He also claimed that there were attempts to put Michael Flynn, a retired United States Army lieutenant general and Trump’s former National Security Advisor, in jail, although he didn’t lie, which the FBI also corroborates.
In 2017, Flynn was forced to resign after only 22 days of Trump’s administration after he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian government officials. Flynn also pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents investigating links between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Flynn was part of the FBI’s counterintelligence inquiry that took place throughout 2016, but the agency also investigated the general following his denial that he discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak after Trump’s election.
However, the FBI had surveillance recordings of Flynn’s conversation revealed the contrary: That Flynn wasn’t part of the new administration yet when he talked about the softening of sanctions.
Several years later, Flynn now walks free after Attorney General Bill Barr, a U.S. government lawyer appointed to review the prosecution, decided to drop the charges of making a false statement to the FBI.
Since the FBI investigation into Flynn and his contacts with Russian officials had no basis “at that stage,” Barr explained that the general shouldn’t have been charged for lying about the matter.
In the Fox Business program Mornings with Maria, California Rep. Devin Nunes spoke up about Obama and Biden knowing the surveillance Trump mentioned in a separate interview with the news anchor.
While a lot of people claimed that Nunes’ claims were false, he was spot on about the whole issue.
On the show, host Maria Bartiromo asked Nunes if the spying leads back to Obama and Biden, and the congressman confirmed that “it’s worse” than what he initially thought. As the issue has now been exposed, Nunes expressed relief that access has been granted to declassified documents that will help shed light on the matter. He shared that things started back in late 2016 and early 2017. (Related: Once-curious media that exposed Watergate now playing role of co-conspirator in covering up Obama spying on Trump.)
In 2017, someone took a recording of Flynn, “an American citizen, war hero and incoming National Security Advisor,” and leaked it on purpose. Nunes also cited a meeting that took place on January 4, 2017, where FBI agents leading the investigation realized Flynn was innocent. After six months, Flynn was cleared.
On January 5, during a meeting with Obama, Biden, some “dirty cops” and other people at the Oval Office, notes showed that Biden himself suggested going after Flynn on the Logan Act.
According to the Logan Act, it is a federal crime for any citizen to engage in unauthorized “correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government” concerning any “disputes or controversies with the United States.”
This means any American who doesn’t represent the president or his administration is committing a crime by communicating with a foreign government about U.S. policy. The statute’s alleged purpose is to prevent private interference in relation to foreign affairs.
But it doesn’t mean it was supposed to prevent an incoming president’s national security adviser from talking about U.S.-Russian relations with the Russian ambassador.
Nunes said that the previous administration was actively spying on the Trump campaign and that Biden should have known better and put a stop to the attempt. Biden is just as guilty as the rest, but his guilt doesn’t involve breaking any laws, rather of not saying anything even after knowing that America’s intelligence apparatus, the NBI and the Department of Justice, was used to target people his party was losing to in November 2016.
According to Bartiromo’s source, Obama and Biden hated General Flynn so much that they were running a private book with tens of billions of dollars out of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA). Her source claimed that Flynn wanted to audit the ONA to figure out who was being paid and why.
Bartiromo also referred to a timeline that showed how Stefan Halper, an FBI informant, was paid $211,000 in 2015 and $411,000 in 2016 months before the wiretap to spy on Carter Page was secured.
Nunes told Bartiromo that in the early 2000s, Flynn developed the “best intelligence machine in modern warfare history.” Flynn was already aware of the many bad decisions being made, and the intel apparatus in Washington had gone out of hand and become corrupt.
He believes that higher-ups didn’t want someone like Flynn, who knew the intel apparatus inside and out because he would soon be working with Trump as his National Security Advisor.