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Tucker Carlson: Disgraced President Obama Used FBI Against His Political Enemies, Susan Rice Helped


TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: On Inauguration Day 2017, it’s likely that not one in hundred thousand Americans was thinking about Russia. The Cold War had ended peacefully more than 25 years before. Moscow was no longer America’s main strategic rival. Russia had been downgraded to the status of a regional power, consumed by disputes with obscure places like Ukraine. In the American media, there were more stories about Russian alcoholism than about Russian ICBMs. But in the White House in Washington that morning, Russia was very much the main topic. It was January 20, the last day of the Obama administration. Outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice stat down to write her final memo. Rice described the presidential transition, which had been underway for months. Then she wrote this. During a meeting two weeks before, quote, “President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

Rice did not explain why Obama’s staff felt it might not be possible to give intelligence on Russia to Donald Trump’s staff — or for that matter, why the Obama people thought they had the right to withhold national security information from an incoming American president who had just won a national election. Rice didn’t need to elaborate. There was only one possible explanation: Donald Trump could very well be a Russian agent. Barack Obama said he believed that was possible. In Rice’s words, quote: “the President asked [Jim] Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”

What exactly does that mean? Here’s what it means: the president of the United States turned to the head of FBI and said this: “continue to secretly investigate my chief political rival, so that I can act against him.” Comey’s response: “Yes sir.” That’s what Obama was saying.

In any normal period in American history, this exchange would define Barack Obama forever. Obama would be known as the disgraced former president who used federal law enforcement to hurt his political enemies. That’s what he did. Unfortunately, this is not a normal period. Already, Obama’s order that Comey continue to investigate Donald Trump has been relegated to a little-known footnote. Joe Biden was sitting in the room when this happened. Has Biden even been asked about it? It’s possible he never has been. Most media outlets have ignored the origins of the Russia conspiracy hoax completely. As a result, Barack Obama’s plan to derail his successor unfolded with very little opposition. The entire country spent the first three years of the Trump administration hyperventilating about Russian collusion that didn’t exist.

Susan Rice did her part. Here’s Rice a year and a half later suggesting on network television that the president of the United States was indeed working for Vladimir Putin:

RICE: He’s taken a series of steps that had Vladimir Putin dictated them, he couldn’t have mirrored more effectively. What his motivations are, I think is a legitimate question, one that I trust that the Special Counsel is investigating. But the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin’s interest in dividing the west, undermining democracy.

STEPHANOPOULOUS: Does that mean you think it’s an open question whether or not he’s compromised by Russia?

RICE: George, I don’t know what his motivations are. I think that’s a legitimate question.

In fact, it was not a legitimate question. It was the most reckless possible slur, the kind that damages an entire country, along with the politician it’s aimed at. Rice knew perfectly well there was no evidence at all that Donald Trump was working for Russia. She admitted as much under oath in a closed-door hearing in Congress. As Rice explained to the House Intelligence committee, the reason she was willing to accuse Trump officials of treason, was that some of them seemed unduly worried about the rise of China. Here’s what she said about General Michael Flynn. Quote: “General Flynn’s focus was on China as our principal overarching adversary. He had many questions and concerns about China. And when I sought to elicit his perspective on Russia … he downplayed his assessment of Russia as a threat to the United States. He called it overblown. He said they’re a declining power, they’re demographically challenged, they’re not really much of a threat, and then reemphasized the importance of China. I had seen enough at that point and heard enough to be a little bit sensitive to the question of the nature of General Flynn’s engagements with the Russians.”

Got that? Because Flynn correctly described Russia is a declining power, and went on to criticize Susan Rice’s friends in the Chinese government, Rice concluded he could be a Putin spy. This is idiotic and crazy. It’s hard to believe that Susan Rice was once Obama’s National Security Advisor.

Evelyn Farkas was once Obama’s Deputy Assistant secretary of Defense. Farkas went on television repeatedly to say there was ample evidence the Trump administration was colluding with Russia. Yet, like Susan Rice, Farkas said something very different under oath before Congress. Quote: “I didn’t know anything,” she admitted. We quoted Farkas saying this on Friday’s show. She responded to us by claiming that we were quote, “missing some key facts.” Originally, she agreed to come on tonight to explain what those “key facts” might be. Unfortunately, Farkas then backed out. We hope she comes back.

We’d like to speak to Barack Obama too. That’s unlikely, so we’ll have to settle for what he has told his friends. On Friday, Obama had a purportedly “private” call with supporters that of course was immediately leaked to the media. In it, the man who sicked law enforcement on this political rivals accused the current administration of undermining the “rule of law:”

OBAMA: That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to worry that basic, not just institutional norms, but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk.

These people are nothing if not predictable. What you just heard was textbook projection. It always is: What they accuse you of doing, they’re eagerly doing themselves. The rule of law, yelps Obama? It’s almost amusing. The press doesn’t find it funny. They’re repeating it verbatim with solemn faces. Over the weekend, Chuck Todd of NBC accused Attorney General Bill Barr of gutting the rule of law. To prove it, Todd used what seemed to be a damning quote:

CHUCK TODD: I want you to listen to this Bill Barr answer about what will history say about this. Wait until you hear this answer. Take a listen:

HERRIDGE: When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?

BARR: Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who's writing the history.

TODD: I was struck by the cynicism of the answer. It’s a correct answer but he’s the AG. He didn’t make the case that he was upholding the rule of law.

Chuck Todd, who is married to a political consultant, was struck by the cynicism of that. He could barely believe it. He was shocked. Bill Barr didn’t even mention upholding the rule of law. Kind of a major omission for an attorney general. But wait. It turns out that Barr did mention the rule of law. NBC just edited out the words to distort Barr’s meaning. We’ve got the real tape. Here is is:

HERRIDGE: When history looks back on this decision, how do you think it will be written?

BARR: Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who's writing the history. But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law.

If you’re shocked that a news network could be that openly and aggressively dishonest, you haven’t been paying very close attention. They’ve been doing it for years with the Russia hoax. They don’t plan to stop now.

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