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Flashback: Obama Admin Asked Ukraine to Investigate Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort

Former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy noted at National Review on Thursday that then-President Barack Obama’s administration asked Ukraine to investigate Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, in 2016.
McCarthy notes the double standard — that Democrats want to impeach Trump for doing what Obama did — and which they have been telling the world for years was necessary to do to protect American national security.

As House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told NBC News in March, his investigation into Trump dealt with “a present threat to our national security — whether the president and anybody around him are compromised by a foreign power.” If Trump colluded with Russia, or if the Russians had compromising information about him, they could hold enormous influence over the Trump administration — hence the need for investigation.

That is how Democrats defended the decision by intelligence and law enforcement officials under President Obama to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign associates — without warning Trump himself in a “defensive” briefing.

McCarthy notes that “the Obama administration’s law-enforcement agencies pressured their Ukrainian counterparts to revive a dormant corruption investigation of Paul Manafort” in the middle of the 2016 presidential election.

He cites his recent book, Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency, recently excerpted on Fox News, which reports that Obama administration officials urged Ukrainian prosecutors to investigate Manafort — which amounted to “effectively meddling in the American presidential election.” The results were soon clear: leaks about Manafort’s activities in Ukraine began to appear in the U.S. media, spun in the worst possible light. He was replaced at the Trump campaign and became a target in the phony “collusion” narrative.

McCarthy notes the glaring double standard: “When the Obama administration leans on Ukraine for help in an investigation of political opponents, the Democrats and the media say, “But look how corrupt Paul Manafort was!” When the Trump administration leans on Ukraine for help in an investigation of political opponents, the Democrats and the media say, “Abuse of power — impeach him!”

Two key differences: there is actual evidence of former Vice President Joe Biden extorting the Ukrainian government; and Trump has released the transcript of his conversation with the new Ukrainian president. Only one administration has been transparent.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Dean Perry

    September 28, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    And where is the proof??? Odd how everyone believes the lies about Obama and doesn’t believe the facts about Donald J Trump. Who thinks a racist failed businessman would make a good President??????

    • paulette barrow

      September 28, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      @DEAN,YOUR KIDDING RIGHT??YOU REALLY SHOULD DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE COMMENTING SO YOU DONT LOOK SO NOW I WILL BE NICE UNINFORMED,JUST TRYING TO BE NICE.YOU REALLY NEED TO SEE THE HELL OBAMA AND CLINTON LEFT THIS COUNTRY IN

  2. paulette barrow

    September 28, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    OH YES THEY ARE CONSTANTLY ACCUSING US FOR WHAT THEY ARE OR HAVE DONE,ITS AMAZING THE DOUBLE STANDARDS IN THIS COUNTRY

  3. Ahzz

    October 1, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    …. and he told us, “Not one smidgeon of corruption or scandal in his administration.”
    LIES! NOT ONE, BUT MANY!!!!

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