Chris Farrell, a former military intelligence officer and special agent of U.S. Army Counterintelligence, has a new job these days: penning op-eds on behalf of his new employer Judicial Watch, where Farrell serves as director of investigations and research.
Hi latest in The Daily Caller is a bold call for the new attorney general Bill Barr to “rigorously pursue Obama’s knowledge and conduct concerning the Clinton email investigation, and the subsequent Trump frame-up orchestrated by the same “dirty cops” of the FBI and DOJ: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Baker, Ohr, Yates, et al.”
In Farrell’s accounting, the Obama administration “conspired to abuse their authority in a number of ways,” including, he says:
- Widescale “unmasking” of the identities of U.S. citizens through communications intelligence collection.
- Sweetheart immunity deals to Clinton facilitators such as Cheryl Mills.
- Corruptly obtaining Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants predicated on Clinton-financed, fake “oppo-research,” purchased from foreign actors.
- Orchestrating foreign counterintelligence incidents (i.e., Carter Page, Stef Halper, etc.) in order to “import” defensive investigations back into the United States for the purposes of circumventing laws prohibiting FBI offensive penetration of the Trump campaign/transition/administration.
Farrell points to one telling paragraph from former FBI Director Jim Comey’s statement regarding Hillary Clinton’s unsecured email investigation, which Farrell says offers proof that Comey sought to minimize Obama’s involvement in the embarrassing situation:
The IG report discusses a key paragraph in Comey’s statement summarizing the FBI’s assessment that “hostile actors” penetrated Clinton’s server. The IG report stated: “President Barack Obama was one of the 13 individuals with whom Clinton had direct contact using her clintonemail.com account. Obama, like other high-level government officials, used a pseudonym for his username on his official government email account.”
The key paragraph, the IG report said, “referenced Clinton’s use of her private email for an exchange with then President Obama while in the territory of a foreign adversary. This reference was later changed to ‘another senior government official,’ and ultimately was omitted.”
In the Watergate Summer of 1973, Tennessee Republican Sen. Howard Baker famously asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?”
It has always seemed a bit odd that while these questions of cavalier security breaches have swirled around the former Secretary of State, the former president seems never to be mentioned.
Perhaps it’s because he really was none the wiser. But Farrell suggests Barr should make it his business to find out.