September 28, 2020

Why Was Biden Spying on the Trump Team?

We have now had time to digest the news of senior Obama political appointees — including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — spying on President Donald Trump’s 2017 incoming national security advisor, Michael Flynn. It has been weeks since the news broke, but we have few answers as to what actually happened — and very few questions have even been asked.

Here’s what we know: Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid an opposition research firm to dig up dirt on Trump. The firm, Fusion GPS, then contracted Christopher Steele, a former British spy, to look for dirt on Trump in Russia. The results of this investigation were compiled in a document — the “Steele dossier” — that was subsequently leaked to both the FBI and the press. The FBI used the information in this paid political opposition research as justification to spy on Trump campaign operatives. At some point along the way, the FBI realized most of the dossier’s allegations about Trump and Russia were unreliable, and some were even influenced by Russian intelligence agents. But the FBI hid this information from the foreign intelligence court so as not to endanger their ability to spy on Trump’s team.

Even after Trump was elected president, the Obama administration’s law enforcement and intelligence agents continued to spy on the incoming president’s team. For some inexplicable reason, the Obama team decided not to disclose any of this to Trump, the man just elected by the American people to be their next leader.

Apologists for this behavior claim that spying on Americans through so-called unmaskings is really common. Most of the media accepts this argument, despite the fact that it raises a few obvious questions.

First, is anyone OK with our government being able to spy on American citizens with less than probable cause using the powers they have to spy on foreigners? There used to be some principled people who cared about civil liberties. Apparently, that sentiment is now less important if it gets in the way of removing Trump.

Second, even if these unmaskings are relatively common, how common is it for unmaskings to be requested by political appointees instead of law enforcement or intelligence agents? Answer: It’s not very common.

Third, and most telling, how common is it for political agents of one party to use our law enforcement and spying agencies to unmask their political opponents? To that last question, the answer may be never. Never before has this happened in the history of our country.

The peaceful transfer of political power between parties is one of the defining characteristics of our system. Those in office voluntarily relinquish power to the other political party when told to do so by the American people. No matter how much politicians may dislike it, they bow to the will of the people because in the end, in our system, it’s the American people who are supposed to be in charge. This is how we avoid civil wars.

Our first peaceful transition was in 1800, when Thomas Jefferson and his Republican party took over from the Federalists then in office. The two parties hated each other. The fact that power transitioned without the firing of a single bullet is considered extraordinary.

I still clearly remember Vice President Dick Cheney instructing us to do all we could to help incoming Vice President Joe Biden and his team after the 2008 election. The Obama campaign harshly criticized George Bush and Dick Cheney. There was no love lost between the camps, but it was inconceivable to do anything besides help the new team. Its what’s happened in every election since Jefferson’s in 1800.

President Barack Obama promised to follow this great American tradition. Upon Trump’s election, Obama said: “Now, it is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. … eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency, and the vice presidency, is bigger than any of us. … The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. … we are going to show that to the world.”

Except he didn’t. To the contrary, Biden put in an unmasking request for the incoming president’s national security advisor. The FBI was apparently spying on Flynn because of the number of meetings Flynn had with Russia’s ambassador. That’s not good enough. Biden said recently that if he wins the current election, he would start those sorts of meetings in his transition. He should. It’s expected. On Inauguration Day, the new administration is in charge. They need to be up and running on day one.

It seems doubtful that the Obama team purposely decided to intrude on the Trump transition, and on individual Trump staffers’ civil liberties, for purely partisan purposes. It’s more likely that they were shocked and angry at Trump’s win and convinced themselves it could have only been due to Russian interference. Their decision to spy on their political opponents could not have been made lightly. If Flynn really did commit treason, this would all be a little easier to understand, but he was never charged with anything like that.

The Obama team must have known that if their investigations turned up dry, they would pay a price. When you decide to spy on a leader of an opposing party, the bar must be high. It’s not the norm, no matter what anyone says. The media should be desperate to get to the bottom of this; you know they would be if Trump did this to Team Biden in the current election. Instead, to date, Biden has still not been asked to explain in detail his own role in this affair. The fact that the media is trying to kill this story is all you need to know about the sad state of our country right now.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

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19 Responses

  1. Once you are referred to as the Messiah, you think you are above the law, better than anyone else and your tactics cannot be questioned. However, the make believe Messiah will forever be remembered as the most scandalous president in America’s history. Too bad he was the first one of color too. He could have really made a great mark for “black history” but he only soiled it. As a black I would denounce him and remind everyone he was half white along with being a man without a country and a puppet of George Soros.

    1. I totally agree with you. I don’t even put President in front of OBAMA because to me he was treasonous sob. He should be hung for the all the damage he did to mankind and to our country!

  2. By orderrs from barack, as this last one didnt want anything to appear as if had done anything thaat would smear him.! Don’t forget Lisa Pages remarks to the creepy Strozck, “The boss wants to know everything!”, and doesnt want his hands dirty.

  3. Agree with all comments condemning Obama- we all have him a chance to unite the country racially; instead he did The exact opposite and left Trump a worse mess in the US, and with our allies, and weakened our defenses vs our enemies. He also emboldened our enemies and cost us numerous jobs and unemployment. Trump has saved us, unlike what the press wants us to think.

  4. Please remember that Nixon was scared out of office for doing similar things to what Obama did. Now why are democrats not as incensed about this as back then.
    When you remember that the Republican response was basically to tell Nixon they would no longer support him. Now why is the nation so chicken shirt not to back justice again.
    Looks like we will just pissss in our post toasties and act like it is ok now because it was a democrat!

  5. As I see it Obama and Biden assisted in
    The fraud and illegal activities of spying
    Yet Barr has openly stated he will not
    Prosecute either

    This lack of justice totally frustates the American people why do we continue to allow the unjustice of one party

  6. I resented Obama from the first time I EVER saw his ugliness. We had him SHOVED down our throats by the Deminazis. I’d NEVER heard of that clown until he ran for president. I still have severe doubts where he was born
    A PIECE OF PAPER Proves Nothing . Wars have been started because of fake issues and stories. The fact, coming out now of his influence and lies, just keeps getting better. He along with Clinton, Rice, Pelosi, and all of their ilk, need to be placed in jail and then a tribunal called to charge them ALL WITH TREASON. IF, an ordinary American did a small slice of the laws they broke , we’d all be in a 6×6 jail cell; rotting our lives away. NO, BARRACK OBAMANATION IS GETTING AWAY WITH HIS CRIMES. IT’S JUST WRONG!

  7. Please do not overlook george soros, the Clinton’s, pelosi, Schumer, and the list goes on and on and on all through the so-called democratic upper crust, anti-American criminals.

    I want to know why the Republicans are not doing more to make obama, soros, Clinton’s, and the rest pay for their treason, criminal arts, and anti-American acts. I assure you were the shoes on the other side of the aisle the domoshits would be working 45/7 to put everybody in prison.

    Proof positive we need term limits, accountability, and no incumbent democrat in office at this time. TRUMP 2020. PENCE 2024 AND 2028.

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  9. Never in the history of America has a President put down America like Obama did. He should have been put in jail for treason. But instead he is trying to brainwash America into giving freedoms up and destroying America.

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