Message sent from this photo as explained by Ludepress:
- This photo of Hunter Biden with Barack Obama was taken April 4th, 2016 at the White House. The photo was found in the hard drive within “the laptop from hell”.
- Behind this photo, there were at least four forces: Biden’s force, Obama’s force, Xi Jinping’s force, and CCP’s representative in the United States.
- The photo was a screenshot of a video most probably taken by Joe Biden (his instruction) and was kept by Xi Jinping (his intelligence), without the awareness of Obama himself.
- During his 8-years in the White House, Obama was actually a CCP puppet and Joe Biden was in charge of his administration.
- The White House has collapsed. The CCP has held this as evidence to keep “Biden & Obama” under control.
President Donald Trump tweets about Barack Obama
Obama is, without question, the WORST EVER president. I predict he will now do something really bad and totally stupid to show manhood!
June 6, 2014
The Obama Administration is turning out to be one of the most corrupt and incompetent in U.S. history. Remember, he and Sleepy Joe are the reasons I am in the White House!!!
May 18, 2020
HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT!
“WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?”
August 20, 2020
The CCP paid 1 billion dollars to make Obama keep silent about the militarization in the South Sea
On October 26, 2020, the LUDE Media broke a video screenshot of Hunter Biden and Obama’s secret meeting in the White House and revealed the amazing secret behind it.
According to LUDE Media, Hunter Biden was asking US President Obama to take a tacit attitude on the militarization of the CCP in the South Sea and promising him some money in return. The subsequent developments could also show that the transaction was successful. Because of this, Hunter Biden received 1 billion dollars remuneration from the Chinese Communist Party. The screenshot of the video and the transfer record of 1 billion dollars are all flowed from Hunter Biden’s hard drive. What’s more shocking is that Joe Biden ordered the Secret Service to shoot the video.
In fact, in the eight years of Obama’s presidency, evil politicians have blended with the CCP far more than just one or two things, there is a large number of transactions including assisting the CCP to steal U.S. core technology, selling out CIA agents, helping Xijinping to suppress political opponents and so on. At the same time, these transactions are also a betrayal of American national interests. Through this scandal, we can also see that the power of Vice President Joe Biden is enormous. He is the actual controller of the White House, and Obama is just a puppet.
If a president elected by the American people is just a puppet, then the expression of public opinion is an illusion. If the evil politicians and the media unscrupulously manipulate public opinions, then it is only a matter of time before the United States moves toward autocracy. The truths exposed by the Whistleblower Movement reveal the complete fall of the administration, justice, and legislation of the United States. At this historical crossroads, only the resistance of the American people can drain the swamp and make America great again.
By Himalayas New Zealand
Was Hunter talking to Obama about selling out America?
A photo has surfaced on the internet featuring Hunter Biden and then-President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. The date of the photo was April 4th, 2016. Also surfaced today was an email sent by Wang Xin, Director of BHR Equity Investment Fund Management, to Hunter Biden and his business associate Devon Archer. The date of the email is July 29th, 2015.
Hunter Biden organised President Xi’s first state visit with China VP’s illegitimate daughter
In this email, Wang sought to organize for President Xi to visit the facilities of LeTV, an online Chinese video streaming service in L.A., during President Xi’s state visit to the US. The September 2015 visit was the first state visit to the US by the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party since he assumed power.
The email mentioned that LeTV was looking to invest between $3-5 million in ‘research and design of electrical cars and intelligent vehicles’. Wang asked to discuss with Hunter Biden on this ‘delicate request’. Without providing further details, Wang mentioned that BHR was set to co-invest in LeTV. The relevance of this to Hunter Biden seems to relate to a later loan agreement dated June 30th, 2007 between Biden and BHR, exposed three days ago by the Whistle-blower Movement.
Wang Xin is reported to be the illegitimate daughter of the current Vice President of China, Wang Qishan. It seems from the email that Wang Xin and Hunter Biden were influential in the state visit between the two countries’ leaders.
The FBI and DOJ covered up illegal activities of Hunter Biden and Joe Biden
According to an article on the American report today, a month before President Xi’s first state visit to the US (August 2015), a CIA whistle-blower turned over evidence stored on 47 hard drives that implicate Hunter Biden in illegal activities. Among the materials turned over were 10,000 pages of documents regarding Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, including videos and images.
The report claimed that the FBI and DOJ knew that Hunter Biden and Joe Biden were selling information to US adversaries, but chose to cover it up.
This report also revealed the Obama White House provided 1200 preloaded BlackBerry devices to ‘trusted Obama team insiders’ which include Hunter Biden. Those devices are capable of accessing the highest level of secret information from a data depository called THE HAMMER VAULT. With these devices, Hunter Biden could easily access sensitive information and sell them out to US adversaries such as China.
There are words that more material from Hunter Biden’s ‘Laptop from Hell’ is to be released, so this will not be the end of it.
Hunter Biden, a hedonistic drug addict and child sex abuser
On October 24th, many promiscuous selfies and videos regarding Hunter Biden’s family were released by the Whistleblower Movement on Gnews.org and GTV.org. The most disturbing material released is a sex video where Hunter Biden was being masturbated by his underage niece.
At the end of the sex video was a message that thanked Alvin Jiang, Bruno Wu, and Hongwei Zhang. This message confirmed what Lude Press said on September 24th there were three hard drives with incriminating materials on the Biden’s family, provided by three influential families in China (families of Jiang, Zeng, and Meng) to the US government.
Author: XO酱 (G-TV)
Joe Biden is the Real President During Obama Era
An innocuous-looking picture from Hunter Biden’s computer, reveals a huge secret from Obama-era, according to the live cast of LuDe Press on October 26, 2020. The picture (shown below), posted on GNEWS.ORG the day before, shows Hunter Biden and Barak Obama in the oval office, seemingly in a conversation.
At a first glance, the picture does not tell us much. “Just a regular visit to the President”, you might think. But when you pay attention to the body language of the people in the picture, something more interesting shows up.
Hunter Biden is standing with his hands crossed in front, in a more dominating posture, his eyes looking at Obama’s face, while Barak Obama seems to be leaning slightly backward, looking at something he is fidgeting within his hands.
This picture reminds me of a teacher questioning a student who did something wrong, except this time, the student is — the US president!
So is this over reading the picture? According to LuDe, this is not over reading. In fact, there is much more information hidden in the picture.
Here are some more questions to ponder:
- Who took the picture? How did it get into Hunter Biden’s possession?
- Why is the camera not directly facing the President’s desk, like most of the media cameras do?
- What’s with the ‘unnamed’ label? Does it have other meanings?
LuDe reveals that contrary to the public’s belief, the real commander in the Whitehouse, during 2008-2016, was Joe Biden, not Barak Obama.
Joe Biden has a long history in Washington (since 1970s) and had long-established political connections both in Washington and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in China. Barak Obama was relatively new to the political scene and didn’t have as much influence as Biden did when he was elected President. In fact, he was just a front man for a Whitehouse controlled by Joe Biden.
LuDe reveals that Joe Biden controlled Whitehouse through the Secret Service and Chief of Staff, who mostly followed his orders.
During his time as Vice President, Joe Biden (along with his family members) brokered a 1 Billion dollar comprehensive deal between Whitehouse and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with includes US selling out CIA agents in China to the CCP, and Obama looking the other way when CCP militarizing the South China Sea, and many others.
Much of the $1 billion paid by CCP goes to bank accounts controlled by Biden’s family members, with only a small portion of it actually goes to Obama.
The picture is actually taken from a video recorded by a hidden surveillance camera in the Oval Office, secretly installed under Joe Biden’s order. Barak Obama wasn’t even aware of the hidden camera, let alone the existence of the video.
The video (along with audio) was recorded so that Joe Biden can prove to Beijing that he has sealed the $1Bn deal. Hunter Biden also got a copy of the video, in case his father Joe does not give him his cut of the $1Bn.
All this information is mind-boggling, considering how much corruption there was at the highest level within the Obama-Biden administration, and how much it contradicts with our common belief.
However, these are the truth that will be proved with evidence, sometime in the near future.
By Himalaya Farm Canada 文永
Ripping the Band-Aid Off an Old Dirty Secret
To those who have followed the news related to the intelligence services of the USA closely for decades, it is astounding that so many Americans are now resisting the suggestion that there is corruption in the Biden family. The investigation of the Biden family predate this latest revelation of a hard drive belonging to Hunter Biden. The knowledge and proof of the Biden family’s “pay-for-play” activities were known at the highest levels of the Government, FBI & DOJ perhaps as early as 2003.
Dennis Montgomery is a software designer and computer expert who worked as a government contractor for the CIA, FBI, NSA, and Defense Department. Montgomery designed and built “The Hammer” foreign surveillance supercomputer to keep America safe after 9/11. According to military sources, “The Hammer” is a powerful foreign surveillance tool intended to monitor terrorists and other foreign adversaries – threats external to the United States.
On February 3, 2009, at the beginning of President Obama’s first term, John Brennan and James Clapper illegally commandeered “The Hammer” and transformed it into a domestic surveillance system that went operational at a secret government facility at Fort Washington, Maryland.
Montgomery, who worked for John Brennan and James Clapper as a CIA contractor, turned whistle blower· to reveal how the Obama administration illegally turned “The Hammer” into a domestic surveillance tool to target his political enemies.
Montgomery detailed how in 2009 the White House provided a list of 1200 individuals who would be specifically excluded from surveillance using “The Hammer”. These individuals were provided encrypted Blackberry devices whose secure encrypted network messaging did not travel over the Internet. Instead, these devices communicated through, and had access to information on, “The Hammer”. He also reveals that Brennan & Clapper ignored the exclusion list and surveilled Hunter and Joe Biden as well.
“The Hammer” consisted of a repository of illegally collected surveillance data – personal communications, corporate and military intellectual property and US defense secrets. Only the 1200 Obama insiders had access to the data. It is believed that some of this information was passed to Russia and China as part of corrupt “pay-for-play” schemes, and for blackmail and leverage by Administration insiders.
All the communications, activities and movements of Hunter and Joe Biden were known by the Obama Administration, the FBI and the DOJ since 2003. They withheld this evidence of corruption.
The recent revelation of Hunter Biden’s laptop has ripped the band-aid off a long dormant secret at the very heart of the US Government. No wonder the corrupt hold-over Obama allies inside the FBI are doing everything they can to bury these revelations and enlisting their allies in the Social Media giants to assist them through censorship.
Himalaya Canada Farm Liberte (G-news)
How much of Barack Obama’s legacy has Donald Trump rolled back?
Throughout Donald Trump’s first term in office, the US president has harked back to the Obama years. From blasting the “horrible” Iran nuclear deal to blaming Barack Obama’s administration for the “obsolete, broken system” that Trump claims has hindered the US response to the COVID-19 crisis, he’s used his predecessor as a constant foil.
During his 2016 campaign for the White House, Trump committed himself to rolling back much of the Obama legacy. Now, his 2020 election opponent is Obama’s former vice president, Joe Biden. This ensures that the choice American voters make at the ballot box in November will either reinforce Obama’s legacy – or rebut it once again.
It’s not always easy to pinpoint the exact legacy a president leaves behind, particularly in the short term. Sometimes, political legacies that appear immediately important can diminish in significance over time. Or those that initially seemed flat – such as that of Harry Truman – come to be seen in a much more positive light as the years pass.
For Obama, the successes he enjoyed and disappointments he endured after his election in 2008 were often a consequence of the political environment in which he operated. Once Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January 2011, the scope for legislative action dramatically diminished and his administration had to find other ways to get things done. Such routes included executive actions as well as presidential memoranda.
During the 2016 campaign, candidate Trump declared that he would “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Yet, while executive actions are simpler to reverse than legislative achievements, there are still procedural obstacles to overcome if a predecessor’s actions are to be rolled back. And these obstacles were not always given due attention by the Trump administration.
Nor was America’s institutional fragmentation brushed away with a new broom once Trump entered the White House. Like Obama, he enjoyed two years when his party controlled both houses of Congress – until the Republicans lost their majority in the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term elections. This limited Trump’s capacity to continue unpicking his predecessor’s achievements.
In a new book, we’ve looked at what kind of legacy Obama left as well as what success Trump has had in trying to roll it back. We’ve found that while some aspects of the Obama legacy were vulnerable to reversal, other areas proved more resilient. The stand-out legacies of the Obama years would become a direction of travel, if not always an end point.
Here we will look at four key areas: healthcare, immigration, climate policy and racial justice.
The standout domestic policy legacy of the Obama administration was the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Enacted in early spring 2010, ACA was the most significant policy reform of the US healthcare system since the 1960s. While the new law built on existing programmes such as Medicare and Medicaid, rather than replacing them, it significantly expanded the government’s role in funding healthcare and the regulation of the private health insurance market.
At the signing ceremony for the bill, Biden was caught on microphone describing the moment as a “big fucking deal”. Republicans agreed with this sentiment and spent much of the remainder of Obama’s presidency declaring their aim to repeal the law. After taking control of the House in January 2011, Republicans passed multiple bills to repeal all or parts of the ACA. But while Obama remained in office, with a power to veto these bills, this remained symbolic rather than substantive politics.
Yet that symbolism mattered. It meant that the law remained contested and that Republican controlled state-level governments, such as Texas with its large uninsured population, did not cooperate with implementing key aspects of Obamacare. When Republicans took control of the White House and both chambers of Congress in January 2017, the outlook for the preservation of Obamacare looked bleak.
But despite Trump’s promises to “repeal and replace” the ACA, it is still the law of the land as his first term draws to a close. In 2017, the Republican-led House passed the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed large parts of the ACA. Although the Republican leadership bent all the Senate’s norms to breaking point, no equivalent legislation passed in the upper house and Obamacare remained.
In fact, the Republican efforts to undo the law seem to have been central to a growth in popularity for the ACA. Throughout Obama’s time in office, a plurality of Americans said that they viewed the law unfavourably, but that shifted once it came under sustained threat and reports emerged of how many people would lose insurance should it be repealed.
It also became clear that the sheer complexity of the law made it difficult to unravel if Republicans were to keep in place its popular aspects, notably protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. In addition, the new president’s manifest frustration at the complex details of health policy made him an ineffective broker in negotiations.
Efforts have continued throughout the Trump presidency to undermine the application of Obamacare. The administration is backing a court case that will be heard by the Supreme Court a few days after the November election that could bring the ACA crashing down.
Meanwhile, healthcare remains a key battleground in the 2020 election, particularly in the midst of a pandemic. Confounding logic, Trump claims that Biden would threaten protections for Americans with pre-existing health conditions and that these protections will only be preserved if he is re-elected. But these protections exist as a result of the ACA, which the Justice Department is trying to bring down.
A Biden victory along with Democratic control of both houses of Congress would likely see moves to build on the ACA. Medicare for All, a single-payer government funded healthcare plan championed by the senator Bernie Sanders, is not on the Biden agenda. However, it’s possible his administration could introduce measures such as a public insurance option to compete with private insurers in the individual insurance market. In this context, conservatives are probably right to see the public option as a Trojan horse that could open the door to greater government involvement in the provision of American healthcare.
All this means the ACA is an Obama legacy that has proved more resilient than expected when Trump took office in 2016.
Obama’s legacy in other areas was more mixed and relied less on legislative action than efforts to use the executive power of the presidency. A good example was immigration. The Obama administration’s promise of comprehensive reform didn’t really come close to making it through Congress, even when the Democrats controlled both chambers.
Obama did use his executive power to introduce the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in mid-2012. This provided temporary legal status to so-called “Dreamers”, people who had been brought into the US without documentation as children and who were deemed illegal despite many having lived their lives as Americans. A subsequent executive action, which would have granted legal status to a much wider group, never came into force as it was thwarted by the courts in 2016. This left DACA as Obama’s major legacy in terms of immigration policy.
As an executive order it should have been relatively straightforward for the Trump administration to reverse. This seemed especially likely given how Trump had so remorselessly used his antagonism to “illegal immigration” as a campaign tool in 2016.
Trump did in fact express some ambiguous sentiments about the plight of the Dreamers, but in September 2017 he labelled DACA an “amnesty first approach” and declared that the protections the programme offered would start to be rolled back in six months. Yet in the summer of 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the administration’s effort to reverse DACA was so fumbled as to fail to meet the relatively straightforward administrative procedure required to do.
This makes the 2020 election even more critical – especially for those people living in America who don’t have a vote. The Trump administration would surely try again to rollback DACA if re-elected and given a second chance to do so. Meanwhile, a Biden administration would likely try to codify the protection for Dreamers through legislation, and pursue further reform to offer a path to legal status for others living in the US without documentation.
When it comes to action on climate change, Obama’s legacy was less tangible, and certainly more complex. The myriad layers involved in creating, executing and defending an agenda to combat the climate crisis made for inevitable problems to implement reform. This, combined with the heft of opposition, fake news and political baggage that accompanied the issue, made for a series of challenges, some victories and many disappointments for the Obama administration and those eager to embed a green government agenda during his two terms in office.
Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, which Obama’s administration signed in 2015, is often held up as an example of how he rolled back Obama’s legacy. But other reforms showed with clarity the push-pull nature of policy from the Obama to Trump administrations.
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), which set out to curb US greenhouse gas emissions, is one such story. Unveiled by Obama in 2015, the CPP was groundbreaking in a range of ways. It demonstrated that the world’s leading superpower acknowledged the existence of human-made climate change, and offered an initiative to reduce carbon emissions back to 2005 levels by 2030. A significant step forward in itself, the CPP looked to set a bar for other nations and give a warning to big polluters. So far, so environmentally good.
But the CPP quickly caused consternation with governors in dozens of states, who lost no time in taking legal action against a plan they viewed as a serious threat to the economy. By early 2016, 24 states were challenging the CPP in court, resulting in a Supreme Court decision to issue a judicial stay on Obama’s plan.
When Trump arrived in the White House, the path to undermining the plan was already paved. In March 2017, he signed an executive order requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carry out a review of the CPP. By this time, the agency was headed by former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, known for his rejection of the climate crisis as a man-made phenomenon.
In June 2017, the US formally withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, and four months later, the EPA announced that the CPP would be repealed. These two developments were directly connected, as the CPP was a route via which the US would have met its modest Paris emissions targets.
With both Obama-era legacies unpicked, the Trump administration moved towards implementing its own, far more polluter-friendly option, the Affordable Clean Energy plan. In keeping with his repeal and replace approach to Obama policy, Trump’s plan did not place limits on greenhouse gases, an aim that was central to the CPP. Instead it opted for an “inside the fenceline” approach, imposing less than stringent restrictions on individual power plants.
By chance, the earliest possible date that the US can legally withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is November 4, 2020, one day after the presidential election. As part of his US$2 trillion plan for Climate Change and Environmental Justice, Biden has vowed that the US will re-engage with the Paris deal. This is significant for environmental reasons but also as a demonstration to external observers that a post-Trump America will take its international obligations seriously.
In direct contrast to the Trump environmental agenda, Biden has pledged that his presidency would move America, the world’s largest polluting country, towards 100% green energy use by 2050. Trump’s plan offers an America First-focused alternative, prioritising US energy independence via further use of fossil fuels. On the environment, as with many other policy areas, the polarised options on offer reflect the state of the nation.
There is one aspect of the Obama legacy that cannot be undone, and that is the moment he sealed victory in 2008. Obama ran, however unrealistically, on a post-racial election ticket in 2008, and the world watched as America elected a young, highly educated, politically progressive black man for the first time as leader.
In the early years of his administration, issues not overtly related to race remained at the forefront of the political agenda. Nonetheless, the 2008 economic collapse and the nation’s ongoing healthcare crisis further laid bare the disproportionate systemic challenges that Americans of colour continued to face. Throughout his time in office, Obama was criticised by those on the left of “racial procrastination”.
Inevitably, a moment would come when Obama would have to confront the race issue. It arrived via the 2013 acquittal of charges against George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, for the fatal shooting of unarmed black high-school student, Trayvon Martin. After Zimmerman’s acquittal, Obama offered unusually personal reflections, stating that Martin “could have been my son”. He was lauded for his empathy and simultaneously criticised for stoking racial tensions.
The moment, combined with the lengthy list of other Americans of colour on the receiving end of police violence, often fatally, ignited the Black Lives Matter movement. This presented Obama with an ever-narrowing tightrope to walk as the calls for racial justice grew louder in a nation where not everyone had come to terms with a president whose heritage included Kenya as well as Kansas.
As it turned out, America opted in 2016 to turn its back on the progress embodied by the first black man in the White House. Instead, as the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates put it, the US elected the nation’s “first white president”. Coates argued that Trump’s victory was in no small part predicated on negating the racial legacy of his predecessor. Obama may have broken the glass ceiling, an achievement that no-one could undo, but a determined successor could substantially paper over those cracks – and Trump made every effort to do so.
Once in office, Trump did not pretend to prioritise issues around racial justice – and his administration took repeated steps to reverse the proactive measures started during the Obama administration to call out institutional racism. Notably, in the context of the demands of the Black Lives Matters protests, Trump’s attorney-general, Jeff Sessions, stopped investigations into local police forces that had begun in 2015 in the wake of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after the police shooting of Michael Brown in the city the previous year.
As protests grew in response to the police killing of George Floyd, in May 2020, Trump drew widespread criticism for adding to already boiling tensions via divisive words.
November 2020 will present voters with very different visions of how to manage race relations in this divided era. A president Biden would be unlikely to pursue the more radical demands of Black Lives Matters activists such as defunding the police, but there would probably be a change in tone from Trump’s confrontational language and a reintroduction of Justice Department investigations into local police forces.
The issues we’ve focused on here are a way to illustrate the strands of Obama’s legacy that Trump was so eager to dismantle. There are numerous further examples which show how Trump was determined to pursue a process of “de-Obamafication”. With the assistance of Republicans in Congress, and the agency heads he appointed, Trump succeeded in some, although far from all, of his rollback plans.
As voters head to the polls in November, they are faced with starkly different candidate choices. The US will have the opportunity to add another coat of whitewash over eight years of progressive efforts by its first black president, or reward the Biden half of the 2008 ticket – thereby reinforcing much of the Obama legacy. The stakes are high and the consequences of the choice facing voters is profound.
Trump makes more mysterious Obama scandal claims
Donald Trump has spent much of this week hyping up a scandal called “Obamagate”, which he says is “the biggest political crime in US history”.
The President claims his predecessor Barack Obama is involved, along with his opponent in this year’s election, Joe Biden. And he says the perpetrators should be sent to prison.
“It is a disgrace what’s happened. This is the greatest political scam, hoax in the history of our country,” Mr Trump said today.
“People should be going to jail for this stuff, and hopefully a lot of people are going to have to pay.
“This was all Obama. This was all Biden. These people were corrupt. The whole thing was corrupt. And we caught them. We caught them.”
So, what exactly is the crime in question here? What did Mr Obama and Mr Biden get caught doing?
That is unclear. Mr Trump, it turns out, is not the most detail-oriented of men.
The more general allegation he’s making is far clearer, however.
Put simply, Obamagate is a dramatic escalation of Mr Trump’s long-held theory that officials in the Obama administration, including Mr Obama himself, conspired to illegally spy on his campaign in 2016, and then to sabotage his presidency.
A few recent revelations have renewed Mr Trump’s interest in the theory.
‘GET HIM TO LIE’: THE FBI’S NOTE
The most important background information here relates to the US government’s case against Mr Trump’s former national security adviser, General Michael Flynn. The President believes that case was part of a broader conspiracy to undermine him.
Gen Flynn was charged with lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.
Those conversations happened on December 29, 2016 – the same day Mr Obama imposed sanctions on Russia to punish it for its interference in the US election.
The phone calls were intercepted by US intelligence, which routinely monitors the communications of foreign diplomats. Officials were concerned Gen Flynn had undercut the Obama administration’s policy on sanctions by giving Russia the impression it could expect them to be relaxed once Mr Trump took office.
A few weeks later, in an interview with the FBI, Gen Flynn lied, denying he had discussed the sanctions with Mr Kislyak. Hence the charges.
Incidentally, he told the same lie to others in the Trump administration, including Vice President Mike Pence and Press Secretary Sean Spicer, both of whom repeated it on television. That is why Mr Trump eventually fired him.
Gen Flynn initially pleaded guilty, and became a co-operating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election interference. In return, prosecutors recommended that he be sentenced leniently.
But last year, Gen Flynn hired a new lawyer, who took a more aggressive approach to the case. She claimed the FBI and prosecutors had been biased against Gen Flynn, and accused the government of misconduct. Judge Emmet Sullivan rejected her accusations.
In January of this year, Gen Flynn sought to withdraw his guilty plea. And then, last week, the Justice Department (DOJ) controversially decided to drop its case against him.
That decision came shortly after Gen Flynn’s legal team released a number of documents it said supported its accusations of bias against the government.
Foremost among them was a note written by FBI counterintelligence director Bill Priestap before the agency interviewed Gen Flynn. In it, he considered how they should approach the conversation.
“What’s our goal? Truth/admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?” Mr Priestap wrote.
“If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to DOJ and have them decide. Or, if he initially lies, then we present him (redacted) and he admits it, document for DOJ, and let them decide how to address it.”
The Logan Actprohibits unauthorised American citizens from negotiating with foreign governments that are in a dispute with the US. The FBI believed Gen Flynn breached it when he discussed the sanctions with Mr Kislyak.
Mr Priestap’s note fuelled renewed outrage from the President, who took it as proof for his theory that the government had set Gen Flynn up.
“It looks like, to me, that Michael Flynn would be exonerated, based on everything that I see,” Mr Trump said.
Others argued the note was typical of the FBI’s approach to interviews, and was being blown out of proportion by Mr Trump and his supporters.
THE WHITE HOUSE MEETING
The documents released by Gen Flynn’s legal team also included details of a White House meeting between Mr Obama, his national security adviser Susan Rice, FBI director James Comey and deputy attorney-general Sally Yates.
That meeting was held on January 5, 2017, about a fortnight before Mr Obama handed over to Mr Trump. It was convened to discuss US intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia had intervened in the 2016 election to help Mr Trump win.
The agencies’ report became public knowledge two days later.
Gen Flynn’s phone calls with Mr Kislyak were discussed during the meeting.
In her testimony to the Mueller investigation, Ms Yates said Mr Obama asked Mr Comey whether “the White House should be treating Flynn any differently” during the transition as a result of the calls. She could not remember Mr Comey’s answer.
Citing a senior official with knowledge of the meeting, NBC News reports Mr Obama wanted to know whether he should instruct Ms Rice – whose job Gen Flynn was about to take – to “withhold or be careful with” any information she gave him about Russia.
Mr Trump and his supporters have taken this meeting as evidence that Mr Obama knew, well ahead of time, that the FBI was investigating and planning to interview Gen Flynn.
However, Ms Yates said no interview was mentioned during the meeting. She did not learn the FBI was interviewing Gen Flynn until it actually took place on January 24.
THE UNMASKING CONTROVERSY
Earlier this week, the acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell declassified a list of Obama administration officials who had requested that Gen Flynn be “unmasked” in classified intelligence reports.
What the heck does that mean, I hear you ask.
US intelligence agencies routinely spy on hundreds of foreigners. That involves reading their messages and listening to their phone calls.
Before that intelligence is circulated throughout the government, the names of any Americans the foreigner spoke to are typically removed. So, the initial intelligence report does not say that, for example, Sergey Kislyak spoke to Michael Flynn – merely that he spoke to an unnamed American.
US officials with the proper level of clearance can ask for an American’s identity to be “unmasked”, to give them a more complete understanding of the intelligence. It’s a common process that happens thousands of times every year.
That is what happened with Gen Flynn. Intelligence agencies were monitoring Mr Kislyak’s phone calls, and picked up his contacts with the incoming national security adviser. Obama administration officials who received the intelligence reports saw that Mr Kislyak was repeatedly talking to an American. They then asked for the American to be unmasked, and it turned out to be Gen Flynn.
Thanks to Mr Grenell, we now know the officials who asked for the unmasking included Mr Biden, CIA director John Brennan and UN ambassador Samantha Power, along with a bunch of much less famous people.
Interviewed on Good Morning America this week, Mr Biden said he knew very little about the Flynn investigation back in early 2017. But his answers were confusing.
“I knew nothing about those moves to investigate Michael Flynn,” he said at one point.
“I thought you asked me whether I had anything to do with him being prosecuted,” he clarified later.
“I was aware that they asked for an investigation, but that’s all I know about it.”
Mr Trump pounced on those remarks, claiming they were contradicted by the list of names released by Mr Grenell.
“The unmasking is a massive thing,” Mr Trump told reporters on Wednesday.
“I watched Biden yesterday on Good Morning America, and he said he knew nothing about anything. He has no idea. He knows nothing about anything. Nothing at all. And then it gets released today that he was a big unmasker.
“How do you know nothing if you’re one of the unmaskers?”
Mr Trump started to tweet incessantly about Obamagate last weekend, just after a story emerged on Friday detailing Mr Obama’s private criticism of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response.
“What we’re fighting against is these long term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided and seeing others as the enemy – that has become a stronger impulse in American life,” Mr Obama told former members of his administration, in comments leaked to Yahoo News.
“It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anaemic and spotty.
“It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster, when that mindset – of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ – when that mindset is operationalised in our government.”
The former president also criticised the US Justice Department’s decision to drop its case against Gen Flynn.
“That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get worried that basic – not just institutionalised norms, but our basic understanding of the rule of law, is at risk,” he said.
Republicans said Mr Obama had breached the informal tradition that former presidents refrain from criticising the current occupant of the White House.
Senate leader Mitch McConnell said Mr Obama “should have kept his mouth shut”.
Mr Trump, meanwhile, reacted by accusing his predecessor of committing “the biggest crime in American political history by far”.
‘THE CRIME IS OBVIOUS’
At a media conference on Monday, Mr Trump was asked to be more specific.
“What crime exactly are you accusing President Obama of committing, and do you believe the Justice Department should prosecute him?” a reporter asked.
“Obamagate. It’s been going on for a long time. It’s been going on from before I even got elected, and it’s a disgrace that it happened,” Mr Trump replied.
“And if you look at what’s gone on, if you look at now all of this information that’s being released – and from what I understand, that’s only the beginning – some terrible things happened, and it should never be allowed to happen in our country again.
“You’ll be seeing what’s going on over the coming weeks, and I wish you’d write honestly about it, but unfortunately you choose not to do so.”
“What is the crime exactly, that you’re accusing him of?” the reporter pressed.
“You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody. All you’ve got to do is read the newspapers, except yours.”
During an interview on Fox Business today, the President was again asked to explain what, exactly, he was alleging.
“It’s very simple,” Mr Trump said.
“Even before I got elected – you remember the famous, the two lovers, right? Strzok and Page. The insurance policy. ‘She’s going to win, but just in case she doesn’t, we have an insurance policy.’
“That means that if I won, they’re going to try and take me out. That’s all it means. Very simple, it’s an insurance policy. ‘So she’s going to win, isn’t she darling? Isn’t she going to win?'”
And with that, host Maria Bartiromo cut away to an ad break.
Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were two FBI employees who worked on the Russia investigation. They also had an affair with each other, as Mr Trump delights in pointing out.
A text sent between the pair in August of 2016, three months before the election, is another feature of Mr Trump’s Obamagate theory.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Mr Strzok wrote at the time.
“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before 40.”
That text came two weeks after the FBI started to investigate whether members of Mr Trump’s campaign were co-ordinating improperly with Russia, having learned that foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos knew Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Since the text became public, Mr Strzok and Ms Page have said they were arguing over how urgently the investigation should proceed.
“We had sort of, quite regular conversations about trying to balance getting the answer as quickly as possible, right? Because if the answer is this is a guy (Mr Papadopoulos) just being puffery at a meeting with other people, great, we don’t need to worry,” Ms Page told congressional investigators.
“If this is, in fact, the Russians have co-opted an individual, maybe wittingly or unwittingly, that’s incredibly grave, and we need to know that as soon as possible.”
As you can tell from his own spin on the text, Mr Trump feels the “insurance policy” was actually a conspiracy to take down his presidency, should he win the election.
‘HE KNEW EVERYTHING’
Mr Trump has called on Congress to make Mr Obama testify under oath, though technically former presidents cannot be compelled to appear at such hearings.
“If I were a senator or congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama. He knew EVERYTHING,” Mr Trump tweeted yesterday, addressing Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
He urged Mr Graham to “just do it”.
“No more Mr Nice Guy. No more talk!”
Mr Graham did not seem particularly taken with the idea.
“I don’t think now is the time for me to do that. I don’t know if that is even possible,” he told Politico when he was asked about the tweet.
“I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for.”
It will not have escaped your notice that Mr Trump still has not pointed to an actual crime Mr Obama or Mr Biden may have committed.
But the general allegation is clear enough. Mr Trump believes his predecessor colluded with intelligence officials to set up Gen Flynn and try to take down his presidency. That is what Obamagate boils down to.
With this year’s election against Mr Biden six months away, you can expect Mr Trump to keep talking about it – whether or not the evidence actually backs him up.
Originally published as ‘He knew everything’: Obama accused.
by Sam Clench
Daily Mercury (May 16)