Donald Trump has been promoting a conspiracy theory called “Obamagate” that alleges President Barack Obama used intelligence agencies to spy on Trump’s campaign and frame his underlings. The conspiracy is completely false.
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“What Obamagate is, in fact, is a series of allegations ranging from ludicrous to plausible.” – Molly Roberts, Washington Post
Declassified emails from Obama national security adviser Susan Rice showed the administration ordering the Russia investigation by conducted “by the book.”
Attorney General William Barr admitted that there is no validity to the conspiracy and President Obama and Vice President Biden are not guilty of wrongdoing.
Official Responses To “Obamagate”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed the idea of the Senate subpoenaing Obama officials so that Republicans can further advance the conspiracy. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an ally of Donald Trump, is pushing for subpoenas.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Obamagate was a “discredited conspiracy theory.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) slammed the Republican tactics as a blatant attempt “to bolster the president’s conspiracy theories.”
Susan Rice Email
An email from then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice in January 2017 was declassified. In the email, Rice, communicated that Obama hoped for the investigation of Trump’s campaign and Russia be done “by the book.” That revelation undermined much of the argument made by the Trump administration. “Rarely have we seen the supposed smoking gun fizzle as fast as the Susan Rice emails,” CNN’s John Avlon reported.
Michael Flynn Unmasking
Central to the conspiracy is the belief that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was “unmasked.” Unmasking involves the revelation of a person’s identity by intelligence agencies.
Flynn was never “unmasked” in relation to his phone call with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn lied to the FBI about that phone call, and admitted to the federal crime during the investigation.
It Is An Attempt To Stop Biden
Obamagate is an attempt to stop the election of Joe Biden to the presidency. “President Donald Trump’s loyalists in the administration and on Capitol Hill have opened up an all-out assault against the Obama administration and former Vice President Joe Biden, using committee investigations and declassified documents to try to paint the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee in an unflattering light,” CNN reported.