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President Trump retweeted an evidence-free claim that President Obama was involved in the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russian ties.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump retweeted a podcaster’s tweet Sunday claiming that ‘Evidence has surfaced that indicates Barack Obama was the one running the Russian hoax.’
The retweet incorrectly listed the FBI’s code name for the Russia investigation as Operation Hurricane. It is actually Crossfire Hurricane.
The tweet linked to a blog post written on David Harris Jr.’s website speculating about the implications of a recently unsealed FBI document about the bureau’s investigation into one-time Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
The post included a screengrab of a portion of a recently unsealed, redacted FBI document from January 2017 tied to Crossfire Razor – the FBI’s code name for the Flynn investigation.
Next to the Crossfire Razor code name, the document states: ‘We need to discuss what happens if DOJ directs us, or directly tells, VPOTUS or anyone else about the [redacted] specifically w/r/t [with regards to] what we do directly with him. I think it will be very difficult not to do some sort of overt step with him, a defensive briefing or interview under light ‘defensive briefing’ pretext unless WH specifically directs us not to.’
It’s unclear whether the document’s reference to ‘WH’ refers to Obama himself or to someone in his administration.
CNN White House correspondent Jeremy Diamond took to Twitter shortly after Trump did to note: ‘No, there is no evidence pointing to President Obama running the counterintelligence investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia. But the President just retweeted that baseless claim about his predecessor.’
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on Fox News that he intends to launch an investigation into Obama’s ‘surveillance’ of Flynn.
‘I want to know why Flynn was being surveilled by the Obama administration to begin with. You know, the Obama administration is surveilling the National Security Adviser of the president-elect. What the hell was that all about?’ Graham said.
Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI regarding conversations he had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2017.
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