Trump: Obama "Must Have Known" About "Setup" From "Low-Life" FBI Agents Strzok And Page

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President Trump said former President Obama "had to know about" what he claims was a "setup" to prevent him from becoming president in 2016. In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Trump accused "lowlifes" in the FBI of working to prevent him from winning the election.

"There was no crime. There was no collusion. The big thing's collusion," Trump said. "Now there's no collusion. That means they set — it was a setup, in my opinion, and I think it's gonna come out."

"You clearly believe there was a group of people working against you," Stephanopoulos asked. "Do you think President Obama was behind it?"

"I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up in the chain, but you're gonna find that out. I'm not gonna make that statement quite yet, but I would say that President Obama had to know about it," Trump replied.

"If they were determined to prevent you from becoming president, why wouldn't they leak it beforehand?" Stephanopoulos asked.





"You'd have to ask them," Trump said. "Oh, they tried. They tried. And you know what? Had that gone out before the election, I... don't think I would've had enough time to defend myself."

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: It's very simple. There was no crime. There was no collusion. The big thing's collusion. Now, there's no collusion. That means they set -- it was a setup, in my opinion, and I think it's gonna come out.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Who set it up?

TRUMP: I hope it’s gonna come out. We are going to find out very soon. Because I really believe it's gonna come out. When you look at Strzok, these FBI guys that were lowlifes, when you look -- 'cause the FBI's the greatest. But these -- the top people were absolutely lowlifes. When you look at Strzok and Page and they're talking about an insurance policy just in case she loses, that was the insurance policy.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, I've heard you talk about that before, which --

TRUMP: I really believe it’s gonna come out. When you look at Strzok --

STEPHANOPOULOS: I -- I understand that. But if they were determined to prevent you from becoming president, why wouldn't they leak it beforehand?

TRUMP: You know what --

STEPHANOPOULOS: It didn't come out before the election --

TRUMP: You'd have to ask them. Oh, they tried. They tried. And you know what? Had that gone out before the election, I... don't think I would've had enough time to defend myself.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You clearly believe there was a group of people working against you. Do you think President Obama was behind it?

TRUMP: I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up in the chain. But you're gonna find that out. I'm not gonna make that statement quite yet. But I would say that President Obama had to know about it.

STEPHANOPOULOS (VO): And of course our conversation took place against the backdrop of growing calls from Democrats eager to open an impeachment inquiry.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're not worried about what happens in Congress?

TRUMP: Look. The Republicans in the Senate, every single one of 'em that I see know this is a witch hunt. They get it a hundred percent. And that's what matters. The Democrats are gonna do it only because they might think it helps them. I think it actually hurts 'em in the election. But there's never been a time in the history of our country where somebody was so mistreated as I have been. And this should never, ever be allowed to happen to another president again. A previous administration used the intelligence data and the intelligence agencies to spy on my campaign.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you believe that President Obama spied on your campaign?

TRUMP: I don't know. But hopefully, we're gonna find out.


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