During a White House briefing on Monday, OANN’s chief White House correspondent, Chanel Rion, asked the president about Joe Biden’s possible vice presidential pick.
“Many of your supporters feel that the reason that Obama’s former NSA Susan Rice is at the top of Biden’s list is that she can best cover up a lot of the Obama Gate surveillance crimes that had taken place during your campaign. What are your thoughts? What’s your opinion? Do you subscribe to that line of thought? How do you feel about it?” Rion asked the president.
The Commander in Chief responded: “Well look. The Obama campaign spied on our campaign.”
“They’ve been caught, and we’ll see what happens to them,” the president said. “But they have been caught, they’ve been caught red-handed. It’s probably treason. It’s a horrible thing they did. It probably never happened before, at least nobody got caught doing it.”
He went to say that the Obama administration “used the intelligence agencies in our country to spy on my campaign, and they have been caught.”
“There are a lot of people involved. I don’t want to say how much [Susan Rice] is involved. Frankly, if he chooses her that’s fine, but that’s a potential liability. We’ll see. But [former] President Obama knew about it, Joe Biden knew about it, [James] Comey knew about it, [John] Brennan, [James] Clapper. The whole group, they knew about it. Lisa Page and her lover [Peter] Strzok knew about it,” President Trump said. Continued Below
He continued: “And we have it documented, we have it in text, we have it in all sorts of forms. They knew it about. It was a terrible thing; should’ve never happened, and should never be allowed to happen again to a president”.
“This was a set up like we’ve never seen. I think it’s the political crime of the century, and they’ve been caught. So let’s see what happens to them all,” the president added.
In May, President Trump tweeted “He got caught, OBAMAGATE!” after the Department of Justice dropped charges against General Michael Flynn. Continued Below
President Trump’s official remarks:
— M3thods (@M2Madness) August 10, 2020
Documents unsealed in May by the Justice Department revealed FBI agents discussed their motivations for interviewing Flynn in the Russia probe– questioning whether they wanted to “get him to lie” so he’d be fired or prosecuted, or get him to admit wrongdoing. “What is our goal?” one of the notes read. “Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?”
In addition, Schiff released the long-delayed declassified 57 transcript interviews from 2017-2018 that reveal what was said behind closed doors when lawmakers sought to determine whether members of the Trump campaign and Russia colluded. The transcripts reveal that more than a year into the probe, senior FBI and intelligence officials could offer no specific proof of collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The transcripts detail interviews with current and former Trump administration officials along with top law enforcement and intelligence officials from the Obama administration, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power; former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe; former National Security Adviser Susan Rice; former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; former Obama adviser Benjamin Rhodes; and former Obama counselor and Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager John Podesta. Continued Below
Most recently, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and former acting attorney general Sally Yates, both admitted that they would not have signed a FISA warrant application to spy on Carter Page if they had known what they know now about the phony Steele Dossier, which was a key component used for the application.
On January 5, 2017, Yates attended an Oval Office meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Vice President Joe Biden, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to declassified documents, including an FD-302 FBI witness report. They were discussing Russian election interference, along with national security adviser Susan Rice and other members of the national security council.
After the briefing, Obama asked Yates and Comey to “stay behind,” and said he had “learned of the information about Flynn” and his conversation with Russia’s ambassador about sanctions. Obama “specified that he did not want any additional information on the matter, but was seeking information on whether the White House should be treating Flynn any differently, given the information.” A previous memo from Rice stated that Biden also stayed behind after the main briefing had ended.
I see @OANN has pissed off those that deny the Obama Administration was involved in spying on the Trump Team at Trump Towers, again.
Keep up the great work @ChanelRion.
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 11, 2020
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) April 5, 2017