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Sen. Lankford: We Know Obama Was "Engaged" In Obamagate, Gave "A Wink And A Nod" To Comey

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In an interview Wednesday with Salem Radio host Hugh Hewitt, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) discussed the Senate Judiciary Committee's investigation into "Obamagate" and President Obama's level of involvement.

"We do know at this point that [Obama] was engaged in it," Lankford said Wednesday. "He was informed about it, and then what his instructions were to his team and what he was kind of giving a wink and a nod to Comey to be able to carry out is unknown at this point. We do know that Comey in the earliest days of the Trump administration was discussing some way to be able to entrap the President."


HH: I am, I’m so alarmed by what happened to General Flynn. It is a miscarriage of justice as large as any I’ve seen. And Judge Sullivan is making it worse every day. What is the role of the Oversight Committee in this?

JL: Yeah, we’re going to actually pull the thread on this to try to get all the details out as it comes out each day now, as we get more and more information and we determine okay, this really is a huge issue. It’s what everyone, it’s what it smelled like, and then everyone’s looking at it going yeah, that’s really a problem. We see what that is. And for folks that are saying hey, it’s no issue, you’re really just being partisan at that point. There is a problem when one administration is not wanting to be able to pass on information to the next generation. When an individual has a case dropped for them and the judge steps up and says no, I’m actually going to bring in an attorney, and we’re going to do our own trial and we’re going to do our own prosecution even through there is no prosecutor, I’m just as a judge going to do my own prosecution to be able to bring that up. That’s now how this system works. So we’ve got to be able to make sure this is not a partisan thing, because if this was on the other direction, and this was a Democrat that was being pulled at by a Republican, everyone would be just as furious through this process. So let’s pull the politics out of it and just say equal justice for all, and to try to get facts and information out, and then to be able to go by the facts, not by the innuendos. And the folks that always say Russia, Russia, Russia, Russia, look at the context of where this was in December and January and what the dialogue actually was during that time period. The incoming national security advisor is talking to a Russian ambassador. Why is that a problem? National security advisors talk to ambassadors, talk to foreign leaders all the time. That is not an issue.

HH: Obamagate doesn’t mean that the President was involved. I actually don’t think he was. What I read in his conversation with Susan Rice in that January 5 is someone who just like you said smelled something really bad and wanted nothing to do with it, and was basically saying keep me out of this. I don’t want to know. You guys do what you’re doing. Is that what you intimate from these facts as well?

JL: Hard to be able to tell at this point the role of the President. We do know at this point that he was engaged in it. He was informed about it, and then what his instructions were to his team and what he was kind of giving a wink and a nod to Comey to be able to carry out is unknown at this point. We do know that Comey in the earliest days of the Trump administration was discussing some way to be able to entrap the President. And so that becomes a whole issue. Was that planned in early January and then carried out in late January and February? We don’t know.

HH: Are you going to dig into that? We’ve got 10 seconds. Is that the objective of the hearings?

JL: That is going to be something we’re going to dig into, and Judiciary Committee will actually take the lead on that.
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