WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump just got an unexpected boost in credibility from Team Obama.
A high ranking former official of the Obama administration has copped to spying on Donald Trump in the days and weeks before the 45th president was sworn in.
Evelyn Farkas, deputy assistant secretary of defense under president Obama, dropped the bombshell during an on-air interview with MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski (http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/democratic-senator-calls-for-trump-s-tax-returns-888470595707).
According to Farkas, she and her colleagues gathered intelligence on Trump and his team to investigate the billionaire business tycoon’s ties to Russia. Farkas further admitted that she and fellow members of the Obama administration took steps to conceal the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.
“I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration,” said Farkas. “Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy … that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their … the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”
The revelation comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to battle over House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ claim last week that surveillance operations incidentally collected Trump team communications as Trump took the reigns at the White House. Democrats have challenged Nunes’ claims and have called on him to recuse himself from Russia matters, something that Nunes (R-CA) has thus far refused to do.
Asked on Tuesday by reporters if he would continue leading the investigation into alleged spying on Trump by the Obama administration, Nunes said, “Why would I not?”
“We’re doing a very thorough job on this investigation,” he added. “Everything is moving forward as is,” he added.
“I’m sure the Democrats do want me to quit,” Nunes later said during an appearance on Fox News, “because they know that I’m quite effective at getting to the bottom of things.”
A spokesman for Barack Obama said the former president denies any wrong doing and that he has no further comment on the matter.