Fred Fleitz, the president of the Center for Security Policy, told "The Buck Sexton Show" on Wednesday that ex-President Obama failed to uphold a peaceful transfer of power when he “turned the keys over” to President Trump by directing his staff to withhold information about the Russia investigation.
“The idea that the outgoing administration wanted to not only withhold intelligence that they had collected but to task career officers like [ex-FBI head James] Comey and [former Deputy Attorney General] Sally Yates to continue to investigate Donald Trump and his staff after he left office is such an appalling violation of this important principle of our country.”
He said such a move is usually reserved for a "tinpot dictator."
Since the Justice Department decided to drop its case against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, the fallout has been swift. One of Flynn’s lawyers accused Obama of playing a direct role in the investigation.
Susan Rice, Obama’s former national security adviser, wrote herself an email on Jan. 20, 2017—the day of Trump’s inauguration—that mysteriously laid out Obama’s guidance on the Russia interference investigation.She wrote that Obama wanted the investigation “done by the book” and that “he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia,” according to Fox News.
Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has also declassified batches of intelligence related to the “unmasking” of Flynn. Ed Henry, a reporter on Fox News, said the intelligence could show that ex-CIA head John Brennan had information that claimed Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win in 2016.
“House Intelligence Committee staff told me that after an exhaustive investigation reviewing intelligence and interviewing intelligence officers, they found that Brennan suppressed high-quality intelligence suggesting that Putin actually wanted the more predictable and malleable Clinton to win the 2016 election,” Fleitz recently wrote on FoxNews.com.
Fleitz told Sexton, himself a former CIA analyst, that despite the Democrat claim that “unmasking” is a common tool, it is not.
“I’ve been involved in unmasking,” he said. “It is very unusual to have good reason to do it.”
Fleitz was National Security Adviser John Bolton’s chief of staff for years and said he made 10 requests. He pointed out that Samantha Power, Obama’s ambassador to the U.N. made 260 requests, many in late 2016.
“OK, I don’t understand why the ambassador to the U.N. would need so many requests, reportedly of Trump campaign officials,” he said.