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Old 02-13-2018, 06:29 AM  
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Federal abuses represent a growing blight on Obama's legacy

Federal abuses on Obama's watch represent a growing blight on his legacy

BY MONICA CROWLEY
02/12/18 08:00 AM EST


In all of the discussions about the political weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, alleged corruption at the highest echelons of those agencies and serial abuse of the secret FISA process surrounding the 2016 election, one name has been conspicuously absent: President Barack Obama.

High-ranking officials and other major players in those agencies — which Obama oversaw — are increasingly embroiled in the growing scandal: James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr.

Given the tight control Obama exercised over every part of his administration and agenda, the idea that any of these appointees and loyalists freelanced their activities without at least his tacit approval or that of his White House strains credulity.

These kinds of abuses of power were nothing new, given the Obama team’s long history of this type of misconduct on everything from the Benghazi terror attack to the political misuse of the IRS. They weaponized the most fearsome government agencies to target, monitor and presumably illegally unmask political opponents, including members of Congress, journalists reporting unfavorable stories, Trump allies and average Americans.

These dark institutional offenses didn’t just materialize out of thin air. One of the criticisms of President Nixon was that even though he wasn’t aware of the Watergate break-in, he had created an environment in which such an action was acceptable.

Decades later, Obama created a climate in which the potentially criminal misuse of the DOJ and the FBI, as currently being unraveled, was not just acceptable but perhaps encouraged, thereby giving rise to what could be the most dangerous scandal in American history.

It’s increasingly apparent that these recently exposed abuses of power served two ostensible purposes: to secure Hillary Clinton’s candidacy by shielding her from prosecution stemming from the use of her unauthorized private server, and to derail the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump.

But something else, something more profound, drove their efforts: their urgency to preserve what Obama once called “the fundamental transformation of the nation” — a grand project much bigger than Obama himself or any other single figure. He largely fulfilled the long-held progressive ambition of changing the nation’s course, only to see Trump threaten to change it once again: not to return it to where it was pre-Obama, but to smash the corrupt existing order that had made their progressive advances possible.

Obama and the leftist movement over which he has presided could not tolerate a reversal of their gains (by Trump, no less!), so they got to work.

On the offensive side, these Obama officials — who obviously loathe Trump, as demonstrated by the glaring antipathy in the Strzok–Page texts and others’ communications — set out to damage him. Trump, they thought, gave them much material with which to work, plus they enjoyed a compliant media that stood ready to amplify spoon-fed narratives, regardless of their veracity. The acquisition of multiple FISA warrants — now known to be largely based on an unverified dossier prepared by a foreign spy, using anonymous Russian and close Clinton associates and paid for by her campaign and the Democratic National Committee — to subvert and impair Trump and his associates, succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

On the defensive side, Herculean efforts were made by the Obama DOJ and FBI to stonewall the Clinton investigation, not out of any real love for Hillary but because they needed to ensure a Democratic win and the continuance of their “transformative” agenda. Further, with Clinton at the helm, evidence of all of their previous abuses would never see the light of day.

Thus, the forward march to safeguard her.

In October 2015, Obama told “60 Minutes” that, while Clinton made a “mistake” using a private server, “this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.” The signal to his law enforcement lieutenants to back off could not have been clearer.

As the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has reported, Obama knowingly and repeatedly sent communications to Clinton via her nongovernment, unsecured email and server. One assumes those emails involved classified information, not yoga schedules. That meant if Clinton were guilty of committing felonies, so was Obama. Because they were joined at the hip over this and other toxic controversies, such as Benghazi, she required protection in order to protect him. To this day, they survive or fall together. Hence, Obama’s support of her candidacy over his preferred choice, Joe Biden, and the necessity of the email cover-up.

He and his allies have never taken their eyes off the prize. They cannot allow their progressive gains to be erased (and replaced by far more successful economic and national security policies) and their history of abuses to be exposed. Having never expected a Trump victory, the Obama and Clinton squads have been throwing the kitchen sink at him in an effort to protect themselves — and to try to backstop their hard-won “transformative” achievements.

Restoring the progressive revolution is also why loyal Obama soldiers such as Biden and Eric Holder are considering White House runs. In the meantime, they must try to destroy Trump, his agenda, and the investigations that are quickly turning against them. After all, if Trump doesn’t just endure but succeeds, Obama, Clinton, their brigades and the larger decades-long radical movement have everything to lose.

http://thehill.com/opinion/white-hou...-obamas-legacy
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:15 AM   #16
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Nah... is what gave it away...

Trump aide Monica Crowley plagiarized thousands of words in Ph.D. dissertation

http://money.cnn.com/interactive/new...ism/index.html

A lying and cheating former Trump aide...who'd have thunk it?
Obama, plagiarized a speech b Mass Gov. Deval Patrick. Michelle Copied plagiarized Alinsky. Ya' know the one Melania was accused of plagiarizing. Then there was Biden's plagiarism.

Don't whine to me about the Obama/Patrick one being from Fox, 'cuz it's CBS.

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Old 02-13-2018, 09:18 AM   #17
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No, PB, they don't do that. If there's anything the party is excellent at, it's keeping everyone in line and keeping itself completely homogeneous. No one is permitted to be unorthodox on anything that matters.

They learned the lesson Reagan joked about when he said the 11th commandment was "thou shalt not speak ill of another Republican". They almost always spend their energy fighting their enemies instead of each other. It's one reason why they can form a coalition from a relatively small base and so many splintered one-issue voting blocs.

Would that their opponents could re-learn this lesson.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:28 AM   #18
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Exactly where is she wrong in the article? Do you dispute anything in it as not being factual?
What was factual in that article? It didn't mention any specifics, just the same lame conservative jack off fan fic.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:29 AM   #19
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What was factual in that article? It didn't mention any specifics, just the same lame conservative jack off fan fic.
The facts will be provided by the IG next month...
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #20
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The facts will be provided by the IG next month...
You've been saying this for months now.

These conservative talking points about "Obama Federal abuses" are as predictable as they are boring.

The only entertaining part is watching you guys deny reality every time another one of your talking points gets debunked.
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The facts will be provided by the IG next month...
She should have waited to write her article until next month then.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:43 AM   #22
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An Obama hit piece from another RWNJ Wash Times/FOX "journalist"...funny how these are credible to some, but criticism of Trump is always and forever mere partisan attacks on our poor little innocent president.

Come back to us when the indictments start to roll in...
Obvious wrongdoing doesn't need an indictment to confirm.
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She should have waited to write her article until next month then.
What do YOU believe to be untrue in the article then, tell me what you think she is wrong about.
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In October 2015, Obama told “60 Minutes” that, while Clinton made a “mistake” using a private server, “this is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.” The signal to his law enforcement lieutenants to back off could not have been clearer.
We need a special prosecutor to look into this clear evidence of obstruction of justice (under the new trump-driven version of the concept).
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Obvious wrongdoing doesn't need an indictment to confirm.
They act like the IRS targeting scandal wasn't proven and there weren't repercussions from it.

Its a fact Obama's IRS targeted conservative groups. Its indisputable.
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There are plenty of facts in the article. Jim Hammer and loneiguana should just read it for themselves.
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There are plenty of facts in the article. Jim Hammer and loneiguana should just read it for themselves.
They haven't disputed anything in the article anyway, they are just arguing whether the accusations have resulted in any accountability yet.

As I stated earlier the IRS scandal has had repercussions and it is indeed a fact it occurred.
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We need a special prosecutor to look into this clear evidence of obstruction of justice (under the new trump-driven version of the concept).
Your desperation is amusing.
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There are plenty of facts in the article. Jim Hammer and loneiguana should just read it for themselves.
Let's start here:

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Obama created a climate in which the potentially criminal misuse of the DOJ and the FBI
What specific actions are being talked about and what evidence has been presented?
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