On Friday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany laid out basic parts of the so-called “Obamagate” scandal that has gained traction in recent days on the alleged actions of Obama administration officials against members of the Trump campaign and against people who were then-incoming members of his administration.
“Look, there were a number of questions raised by the actions of the Obama Administration. The Steele dossier funded by the Democratic National Committee,” McEnany said. “An opposition political party to the President was used to attain FISA warrants to listen in on conversations of people within the Trump campaign. There was the unmasking the identity of Michael Flynn. And we know that in a January 5th meeting in the oval office with President Obama, Sally Yates from the Department of Justice learned about the unmasking. Not from the Department of Justice or from the FBI, she learned about it from President Obama and was stunned and can barely process what she was hearing at the time, because she was stunned of his knowledge of that.”
McEnany continued, “We know that there was a lot of wrongdoing in the case of Michael Flynn. The FBI notes, for instance, that said, should we ‘get him to lie?’ as they pontificated their strategy. We know that the identity of this three decade general was leaked to the press, a criminal leak to the press of his identity and violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. These are very serious questions. They’ve been ignored by the media for far too long. And I’m very glad that I think that is the second question that I have fielded on Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, because justice does matter. Those questions, they matter.”
Later, when asked for specific instances of alleged criminal misconduct, McEnany responded, “The leaking of his name and the very real questions that have been raised. But if you want to start talking about wrongdoing in the administration, happy to go through. Andy McCabe, leaking to the Wall Street Journal and then lying about it. Happy to talk about James Clapper lying before Congress saying the NSA does not monitor phone calls. That was an inaccuracy to say the least, if not a lie. John Brennan telling Congress that the ‘Bogus Steele dossier played no role in the Russia probe,’ when in fact we know it did and was the basis of attaining FISA warrants. So, there is a lot of mistruths there that were said, many of them under oath. I would point you to those and the many other real questions that I hope you all will pursue.”