Isn’t it amazing how quickly all the stories about collusion changed the moment these people were put under oath? For years, people like James Clapper, Ben Rhodes, and Samantha Power appeared on cable news insinuating, and sometimes outright proclaiming, to have seen evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. When the penalty of perjury came into play though, suddenly they had nothing to offer.
Those aren’t the only examples from the formerly covered up Russia investigation transcripts, though. Another Obama official named Evelyn Farkas had to directly admit she lied on MSNBC when questioned about her comments.
Here are the details per The Federalist.
What is amazing about the 53 transcripts released by ODNI yesterday is how many former Obama officials were forced to admit privately under oath that what they claimed in their TV appearances about “collusion” was nonsense and had no basis in reality. https://t.co/L5QOHESipx
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) May 8, 2020
Lawmakers keyed in on an appearance Farkas made on MSNBC on March 2, 2017, in which she urged intelligence community bureaucrats to disseminate within the government and potentially even leak to media any incriminating information they had about Trump or his aides.
“I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama administration] people who left…[that] it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy,” Farkas said.
She continued to build on her insinuations by suggesting Trump might destroy evidence she had supposedly confirmed existed.
They might “try to compromise those sources and methods,” Farkas alleged in the MSNBC interview. “And we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
“Not enough was coming out into the open and I knew there was more,” Farkas claimed.
It was Trey Gowdy who actually got her to admit she had lied. He backed her into a corner and left her nowhere to run. It’s one of the more glorious lines of questioning you’ll see.
“Why don’t we go back to that sentence that I just asked you about. It says ‘the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their staff dealing with Russians,” Gowdy said. “Well, how would you know what the U.S. government knew at that point? You didn’t work for it, did you?”
“I didn’t,” said Farkas, a former mid-level Russia analyst who left the federal government in 2015.
“Then how did you know?” Gowdy responded.
“I didn’t know anything,” Farkas said.
“Did you have information connecting the Trump campaign to the hack of the DNC?” Gowdy asked.
“No,” Farkas admitted.
“So when you say, ‘We knew,’ the reality is you knew nothing,” Gowdy asked later during the deposition.
“Correct,” Farkas responded.
The entire thing was a put-up from day one. All of these Obama officials knew there was nothing there, yet they spent most of Trump’s presidency, at least until the release of the Mueller report, hinting that they had seen evidence of collusion. It was all lies, and when they got under oath, they were forced to admit it.
This is easily one of the biggest scandals in the history of presidential politics. You’ve got the former administration setting up the incoming NSA while it has its surrogates make countless appearances claiming a vast Russian conspiracy in order to try to overturn an election. That makes Watergate look like child’s play.
Unfortunately, we have a media that is corrupt and hopelessly partisan, so they won’t shine a light on any of this. In fact, neither Barack Obama nor Joe Biden has ever even been asked about their knowledge and role in this travesty. Perhaps Trump will force the issue going forward? I sure hope so.