For eight years, former President Barack Obama ruled the country with no regard for the rule of law. The only thing that kept him out of legal trouble was his allies running the Department of Justice.
But the former president could end up in jail after one shocking crime was revealed.
A new bombshell report from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch reveals that Obama State Department officials were disseminating classified information to multiple Senators prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017.
Judicial Watch made public 90 pages of heavily redacted U.S. Department of State “raw intelligence” that shows malign Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Among the senators receiving the classified documents were Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Ben Cardin of Maryland as well as Tennessee Republican Sen. Robert Corker.
The documents expose the Obama State Department’s last-minute efforts to share classified information about Russia election interference issues with Democrat and Never-Trump Republican lawmakers in what appears to have been an effort to investigate Trump before he ever took office.
The Obama State Department improperly, and perhaps illegally, rushed classified information to their anti-Trump allies in the U.S. Senate and played a central role in trying to bring down Trump days before he was sworn into office.
JW President Tom Fitton argues in a Breitbart piece that this was likely illegal and that Obama, if it can be proven, broke the law with his role in trying to destroy Trump days before he became president.
A January 13, 2017, email from Hera Abbasi, a former congressional advisor in the State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, suggests that the intelligence community was providing “raw intel” to Sen. Warner. Such an exchange almost certainly would have been coordinated by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI): “Yes, that is correct. Warner/raw intel stuff is going thru IC channels.” (Abbasi previously worked in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and was a 2017 Next Generation National Security Fellow at the liberal Center for a New American Security. Abbasi donated $725 to the Clinton campaign and Act Blue during the 2016 election cycle.)
The documents we uncovered show early in the process of gathering and clearing classified information – beginning a day after Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) formally asked Secretary of State John Kerry for “intelligence products” and “raw intelligence” on Russian involvement in the 2016 election – Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield brings Senior Advisor and Investigations Counsel Zachary Schram into the loop in a January 5, 2017, email chain, in which she says Schram would help “figure out the best way to get these to the Hill.” Frifield was an Obama appointee who previously served as Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Chief of Staff. (Frifield contributed $2,700 to the 2016 Clinton campaign.)
On January 11, 2017, former State Department Senior Congressional Advisor Katherine Harris sends an email to Abbasi; Naz Durakoglu, who was a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs; Kathleen Kavalec, and others: “If we are not going through our standard CDP [Collection Due Process] process, others in H need to weigh in on how to move these to the Hill.”
In emails written on January 10 and 11, 2017, from Abbasi to Durakoglu and Kavalec, Abassi expresses the need to get the documents cleared “as soon as possible (ASAP).”
On January 17, 2017, three days before Trump’s inauguration, Kavalec emails Abbasi, Durakoglu and others emphasizing, again, that getting the documents to Cardin and Warner is a priority and urges the process to be sped up: ‘Agree this is a priority… and I don’t see why lengthy reviews are required. I would suggest we send up the things that can go immediately, and if there is any concern about specific internal documents, those be adjudicated separately and sent up as a follow-on.’
Judicial Watch goes on to reveal emails showing that Obama State Department officials were scrambling days before Trump’s Inauguration to get their “plan” in motion.
The concluding, unredacted section of an otherwise heavily redacted email sent on Friday, January 13, 2017, by former Foreign Service Officer Kerem Bilge to numerous State employees indicates the intense time pressure under which State officials were operating to beat the Inauguration-Day deadline:
**** Please clear the action memo by noon TUESDAY [Jan. 17].
**** Please clear on the actual package of documents, if you have not done so already, by noon TUESDAY [Jan. 17].
I want to get the whole package into the EUR front office today. This means we can get it out of EUR and to M [Undersecretary for Management] on Wednesday [Jan. 18], then H can courier it to the Hill on Thursday [Jan 19].
In a January 18, 2017, email, as time was running out, Elizabeth Lawrence described getting the package of cables to Cardin and Warner as “urgent:” “This is an urgent package from EUR that they’re trying to get to the Hill ASAP. Please review so we can get it up to M.”
The final batch of cables was stored in Kavalec’s safe. President Trump was inaugurated less than 24 hours later.
Fitton wrote in his Breitbart report: “These documents show how the Obama State Department, which was also packed with Clinton donors, improperly, and perhaps illegally, rushed classified information to their anti-Trump allies in the U.S. Senate. The Obama State Department was central to the conspiracy to smear President Trump with Russiagate lies and innuendo. The Justice Department must expand any Spygate criminal investigation to include this agency.”