Over the weekend, a number of Republican lawmakers called for an investigation into former President Barack Obama and his administrations knowledge of spying on President Donald Trump, but top GOP senate judiciary committee members have not directly called out Obama, as their investigation moves forward.
Trump reacted to the recently declassified documents showing that Obama knew of details from wiretapped phone calls between Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and a Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.
In recent tweets, Trump has pointed at Obamas involvement in the plot and labeled the new developments #Obamagate, calling for a broad investigation into the former president.
A senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), recently pushed for an investigation into what Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden knew, but did not say whether the committee would require Obama and Biden to testify.
“Its unclear to what extent they discussed the details of the investigation amongst each other, but given all that we know now regarding the fake foundation to the inquiry, its time we asked. What did Obama and Biden know? And when did they know it?” Grassley said on the Senate floor on Monday.
Obama met with Biden, then-FBI Director James Comey, then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, and then-national security adviser Susan Rice on Jan. 5, 2017, the same day then-FBI agent Peter Strzok rushed to keep the FBI from closing its probe into Flynn.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), spoke on the topic of “#Obamagate,” on Fox Business Networks “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” on Monday.
On the show, Jordan outlined a time frame in which Obama was being briefed by members of his team, including Yates, Comey, then-CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Russia-related matters. Biden was also included in the briefing.
“Those three weeks in January tell us everything, and the president is exactly right,” Jordan said. “If it can happen to him, imagine what they can do to you, to Andy, to me and more importantly, to any American citizen. Thats why this is so darn wrong.”
“Well, I think all the evidence—Jim gave you a great timeline—but all the evidence does point to coming right out of the top from President Obama on down,” Biggs said.
The congressman called the Obama administration efforts against Trump an intentional effort to undermine election results.
“This really was a conspiracy to do something weve not seen in American history, and that was to actually perform a coup,” Biggs said. “Thats really what this was. I mean, you cant get to it any more succinctly than that.”
“This was an attempt to undermine the election of the people. Thats a coup,” Biggs continued. “And they were abusing their power, abusing the process, and they were using the media.”
On Tuesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to respond to Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarretts claim that Obama was involved in the set-up of Flynn.
“OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!” the president wrote.
Politico reported that the Senate, at this time, would not be calling former president Obama to testify.
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