Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is calling for an investigation into “high ranking Obama government officials” who might have worked together to stop the election of President Donald Trump.
“Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!”
Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2017
Paul’s call adds a high-profile voice to the chorus of Republicans who are calling for a special counsel to investigate whether Obama officials tried to stop Trump’s election, in the face of mounting evidence.
So far, congressional investigators have found out that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Trump dossier, through their law firm Perkins Coie. Clinton campaign and DNC officials have denied knowing about it. Perkins Coie initially denied funding the dossier, before they were forced to admit it after the House intelligence committee subpoenaed for financial records.
The dossier was then given to the FBI in the summer, when the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign began, and when it applied for a surveillance warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Congressional investigators are finding out whether the dossier — an unconfirmed piece of anti-Trump opposition research — was used as evidence to launch the investigation and get a spy warrant.
There are also reports that the FBI reached an agreement to pay the dossier author, Christopher Steele, and did end up reimbursing some of his expenses. Steele reportedly paid some of his sources, including Russian intelligence officials.
Also during that time, over at the Justice Department, a senior DOJ official, former associate deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, met with the dossier author and Fusion GPS, the firm that produced the dossier. In addition, his wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS. Ohr reportedly obscured those connections from his superiors at the DOJ until recently, resulting in a demotion.
As Republicans in Congress have learned these revelations, Democrats have tried to bring attention to Robert Mueller’s special counsel, arguing that Republicans and President Trump are trying to shut it down, despite him recently saying he had no intention of doing so.
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