A former Obama appointee who appears to have confessed to the existence of a concerted effort to surveil the Trump team and hide the findings in the federal bureaucracy ought to be brought before Congress as a witness, Mark Levin said Wednesday night.
The Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief was referring to Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary at the Pentagon under Barack Obama. She appeared on NBC’s Morning Joe earlier in March, and recalled how she and others worked in the waning days of the Obama presidency to hide data about members of the Trump transition team and their “dealings with Russia.”
Farkas further seemed to suggest she encouraged Obama staffers to gather as much information as possible on Trump team members and shuttle it over to Capitol Hill and throughout the executive branch so that the intelligence would be “hidden away in the bureaucracy” so that the Trump administration would not be able to “compromise those sources and methods.”
Here’s the quote from Fox News:
“I was urging my former colleagues, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration.
“Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy … that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their … the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence.”
And a video:
“That’s why you have the leaking,” Farkas concluded. “People are worried.”
“This is a smoking gun,” Levin said of the fact that a “mid-tier” political appointee had access to this information and was encouraging others to ferret it away, “not in every particular, but in enough particulars.”
Meanwhile, the mainstream media will likely ignore this admission and its implications. Farkas – who now works at the Atlantic Council – needs to be a witness for the House and Senate intelligence committees, and she also needs to be interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Levin added.
“Ladies and gentlemen do we or do we not need to get to the bottom” of the Obama administration’s use of the intelligence community against the Trump transition team?, asked Levin. “This is a big deal."
Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct a typographical error in the title.
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Nate Madden is a Staff Writer for Conservative Review, focusing on religious freedom, immigration, and the judiciary. He previously served as the Director of Policy Relations for the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. A Publius Fellow, John Jay Fellow, Citadel Parliamentary Fellow and National Journalism Center alumnus, Nate’s writing has previously appeared in several religious and news publications. Follow him @NateMaddenCR and on Facebook.
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