Federal abuses on Obama’s watch represent a growing blight on his legacy

Federal abuses on Obama’s watch represent a growing blight on his legacy, by Monica Crowley in The Hill.

In all of the discussions about the political weaponization of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI, alleged corruption at the highest echelons of those agencies and serial abuse of the secret FISA process surrounding the 2016 election, one name has been conspicuously absent: President Barack Obama.

High-ranking officials and other major players in those agencies — which Obama oversaw — are increasingly embroiled in the growing scandal: James Comey, Loretta Lynch, Andrew McCabe, Andrew Weissmann, Sally Yates, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Bruce Ohr.

Given the tight control Obama exercised over every part of his administration and agenda, the idea that any of these appointees and loyalists freelanced their activities without at least his tacit approval or that of his White House strains credulity.

These kinds of abuses of power were nothing new, given the Obama team’s long history of this type of misconduct on everything from the Benghazi terror attack to the political misuse of the IRS. They weaponized the most fearsome government agencies to target, monitor and presumably illegally unmask political opponents, including members of Congress, journalists reporting unfavorable stories, Trump allies and average Americans.

These dark institutional offenses didn’t just materialize out of thin air. One of the criticisms of President Nixon was that even though he wasn’t aware of the Watergate break-in, he had created an environment in which such an action was acceptable. …

As the National Review’s Andrew McCarthy has reported, Obama knowingly and repeatedly sent communications to Clinton via her nongovernment, unsecured email and server. One assumes those emails involved classified information, not yoga schedules. That meant if Clinton were guilty of committing felonies, so was Obama. Because they were joined at the hip over this and other toxic controversies, such as Benghazi, she required protection in order to protect him. To this day, they survive or fall together. Hence, Obama’s support of her candidacy over his preferred choice, Joe Biden, and the necessity of the email cover-up.

Stephen Harper:

The left can see the writing on the wall. Some in that camp are starting to make the baby steps towards acknowledging the unfolding reality of the huge scandal around Obama, the weaponising of the DOJ and the FBI, and Hillary’s undeniable corruption. Even the left-leaning The Hill is owning up.

Admittedly, the author is a conservative, but The Hill posted the article. They have their toes in the water now; so just in case there’s an explosion that destroys Obama & Hillary they can put their hands on their hearts and claim impartiality. It’s called ‘plausible deniability’ in the lexicon of lying lawyers.

hat-tip Stephen Harper