Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Barack Obama of interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
‘There was a lot of corruption. Maybe it goes right up to President Obama. I happen to think it does,’ he said during a press conference at the White House.
‘It was a corrupt election,’ he said of the 2016 contest, which he won.
The president seemed to suggest it could have been a government wide conspiracy as he threw out the names of former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper as people who should be investigated.
He also suggested his Republican ally on Capitol Hill, Senator Lindsey Graham, should stop criticizing his policy on Syria and start investigating what happened three years ago.
And he even suggested a list of people for Graham – the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee – to call on, including Comey, former FBI assistant director Andrew McCabe, former bureau staff Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and Brennan.
‘I think Lindsey should focus on Judiciary. He ought to find out about what happened with Comey, what happened with McCabe, Lisa, what happened with Peter Strzok, what happened with President Obama, what happened with Brennan,’ Trump said.
Trump’s focus was on his past election Wednesday as the impeachment probe into his presidency heats up on Capitol Hill ahead of his 2020 re-election bid.
Trump turned on his Oval Office predecessor as he demanded to see the Democrats’ hacked email server and claimed Rudy Giuliani was investigating corruption in the 2016 race in his dealings with the Ukraine.
The president offered a lengthy defense of his personal attorney during an Oval Office sit down with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and brought up a long litany of past complaints about the 2016 presidential election along with his new charge that Obama could be to blame.
‘Whether it’s President Obama, himself, let’s see whether or not it’s President Obama,’ Trump said in reference to a Justice Department investigation on the last presidential contest.
Trump has repeatedly complained there was corruption in the 2016 election that nearly kept him from winning the Oval Office but has presented no evidence to back up his complaint.
‘There was tremendous corruption,’ he argued Wednesday of the 2016 election.
And Giuliani has backed his belief.
‘When he saw what was going on with our election of 2016, the election I won, but the election that was absolutely corrupted by things that took place in government,’ Trump said of Giuliani.
The president offered a long list of figures he accused of working against him in 2016 – including former FBI director James Comey, former FBI assistant director Andrew McCabe, and former bureau staff Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
He threw in the former president’s name at the end.
Comey was FBI director when the bureau opened a counter intelligence investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign, McCabe was acting FBI director when the special counsel was appointed and Strzok and Page were two FBI staffers working on the investigations while having an extramarital affair and exchanging texts about how they did not want to see Trump win the presidency.
‘The IG report is going to come out soon. We’ll see what happens,’ Trump said. ‘I know nothing about it in terms of the report. I’m waiting for the report like everybody else, but I predict you will see things that you don’t even believe the level of corruption.’
Trump seemed to be referring to Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Department of Justice’s inspector general is expected to release its findings on the matter shortly although no exact time frame has been given.
Barr is said to be closely supervising the probe.
Trump said Giuliani is helping with that investigation.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Emily Goodin