Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security advisor to President Obama, told Nicholas Ballasy with PJ Media that Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department "will find nothing" showing that former President Obama or his White House staff had any political "involvement" with the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign or the creation or distribution of the Steele dossier.
"No, no, I cannot be clear enough about this. We didn’t even know there was an FBI investigation of Trump. I didn’t. President Obama didn’t, like, we actually abided by the firewalls between – if there were any investigations that took place, those decisions were made in the Justice Department, in the FBI, not in the White House," Rhodes said following a discussion at Georgetown University about his book, "The World as It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House," on Thursday.
"They will find nothing that suggests there was any political or White House involvement in any of that. Literally, I learned about the FBI investigation of Trump as a private citizen in the frickin’ Washington Post. So, you have to understand, we actually abided by the longstanding practice of the White House not getting involved in that kind of stuff," he continued.
"We had nothing to do with" the creation or distribution of the Steele dossier, he said in response to a question. "I heard about it at the very end, in January 2017, like, we weren't involved in commissioning the dossier, that's crazy. We learned about it when it was in the report that was appended to the report that went to Congress at the end of the administration. I have been investigated by these committees and I’m telling you they didn’t find it. No, we had nothing to do with the dossier. I mean, like literally, nothing to do with this dossier."
"I’m not an investigator. I haven’t even read this whole dossier. You guys are focused on this. Have fun, have your witch-hunt. We did not initiate this," Rhodes said.