Donald Trump accused Barack Obama of committing the “biggest crime” in US history, calling it “Obamageit.”
What the predecessor was guilty of, the US president did not specify, however, the American media connect the unexpected attacks of the head of state with the investigation of “Russian interference” and the coronavirus pandemic. Why Trump stepped up the campaign against Obama US President Donald Trump accused his predecessor Barack Obama of committing the “biggest political crime” in the history of the United States. What the ex-president is suspected of, he did not specify, but dubbed this story as “Obamageit”.
“It has been going on for a long time,<…> [and it began] even before I was elected [for president]. Something terrible was happening. This should never be repeated in our country, ”Trump said in a statement to reporters.
The US president refused to directly answer the question about Obama’s actions, but called on media representatives to monitor the country’s events “in the coming weeks”. Based on past events, Trump noted, “this is just the beginning.”
“You yourself know what the crime is. Crime is very obvious to everyone. All you have to do is read the newspapers, ”said the US President.
However, there is no concrete evidence of “major violations” on the part of Obama and one can only guess what exactly Trump means. Actually, this is what the American media are doing.
In general, most American observers associate Obamagate with the case of former presidential adviser on national security Michael Flynn, who came under investigation as part of an investigation into “Russian interference” in the US election.
The US Department of Justice on May 7 allowed the termination of proceedings against the retired lieutenant general due to new data. According to the St. Louis Attorney Jeff Jenser, the FBI did not have a legitimate reason to start a case against Flynn. The investigation itself was launched due to contacts of the lieutenant-general with the Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in 2016, which allegedly took place as part of the interaction of the Trump team with Moscow.
However, the “Russian affair” culminated in the unequivocal conclusion that there was no conspiracy between Russia and Trump, and the allegations against Flynn were related to giving the FBI false evidence. The ex-adviser to Trump pleaded guilty and made a deal with the investigation, but subsequently changed his mind.
Flynn’s actions seem unsystematic if you do not take into account new information.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI did not receive any evidence of a “conspiracy” of Trump’s adviser with Russia, so they decided to catch the lieutenant general for inaccuracies in order to force him to make a deal. At the same time, the publication notes that Flynn actually admitted his guilt under pressure, as law enforcement officers threatened him and his son with financial pressure.
The possible termination of the investigation of the case of Lieutenant General caused a positive reaction from Trump. He admitted that Flynn would be fully acquitted and complained about the “dishonest cops led by the FBI” who allowed the launch of proceedings against his ex-adviser.
New information on the FBI’s actions against Flynn indicates that the investigation against him could have been fabricated – as Trump himself has said more than once. The case itself is tied to the “Russian intervention”, which was launched during the Obama presidency and was approved by his appointed head of the FBI, James Komi. This fact plays an important role in Trump’s Obamageit.
“The plot of the president”
According to CNN observers, Marshall Cohen and Jeremy Herb, the president associates the “biggest crime in American history” with individuals from the Obama government who tried to undermine the Trump administration.
At the same time, the journalists explain the negative rhetoric of the current American leader with respect to his predecessor by the fact that Obama criticized the Justice Ministry for dismissing the Flynn case.
In addition, observers believe one of the reasons for Obamageit is the need to divert the attention of Americans from the coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed more than 80 thousand people in the United States.
Trump is trying to tie Obama to the Flynn affair, alluding to the special interest of his predecessor in the lieutenant general. CNN provides information about discussing contacts between Trump’s ally with the Russian ambassador in the White House – a conversation took place between Obama and Komi. However, the dialogue took place long before the start of the investigation against the lieutenant general and there is no evidence of Obama’s awareness of the FBI’s actions against Flynn or his participation in this campaign.
CNN observers are convinced that Trump’s attacks on his predecessor are not based on facts, but are only a kind of “conspiracy theory” about Obama. The president of the United States builds his accusations according to the model that was established during the “Russian cause”, selectively using the available information against his opponents.
In general, attacks against Obama can be considered as one of the traditional features