For those CHQ readers who – like us – don’t pay any attention to MSNBC we offer some quotes and analysis on the Obama surveillance of then candidate and President-elect Donald Trump from our friend Debra Heine of PJ Media to set up this article.
Heine caught a former top Obama administration official making a stunning admission during a panel discussion on MSNBC's Morning Joe this week.
According to Heine’s transcript of the program, Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under Obama, openly admitted that her colleagues had gathered intelligence on the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia before Donald Trump took office, tried to spread it around and then tried to hide the sources of that intelligence from the incoming administration.
"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,” said Farkas according to Heine’s transcript.
Note that by "the Hill people," she means congressional Democrats and their staffers says Heine.
"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," she said, adding that if "the Trump folks" found out how they knew what they knew, "they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
This is exactly the opposite of what actually happened as Democrats, trying to bolster the credibility of their case against President Trump’s former national security advisor General Mike Flynn, were the ones who outed intercepts of conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Aside from questions over whether communications were improperly gathered during the transition and before, says Heine, there is speculation over how widely such information was disseminated. Farkas described a rush to spread the material before Trump took office.
"So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia," she said. "So then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were trying to also help get information to the Hill."
"That’s why you have the leaking," Farkas explained helpfully, observed PJ media’s Debra Heine.
This is not just some low-level Democrat political operative’s blunder.
Evelyn Farkas was once considered the most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon; she is now an MSNBC analyst and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Farkas has "advised three secretaries of defense on Russia policy," according to a senior defense official quoted in Politico. She has served on the Council on Foreign Relations and the Senate Armed Services Committee, among others, and was executive director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism in 2008-2009.
Farkas left the Obama administration and would go on to serve as a foreign policy advisor for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, telling the New Yorker earlier this month that she thought Clinton "got it" when it came to issues regarding Russia reported Fox News’ Alex Diaz.
This is a big deal for a lot of reasons, but the one that no one seems to be talking about is how did someone who was outside of government, and who was advising Hillary Clinton, have access to secret intelligence long after she left her official duties?
Or was the surveillance of Donald Trump and members of his team going on as far back as 2015 when Farkas presumably would have had direct access to it?
Amid the Democrats’ hyperbolic and hypocritical calls for House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to resign or at least recuse himself from any investigation of Trump team ties to Russia, as our friend Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch put it, Farkas finally "committed the truth.”
The attacks on Chairman Devin Nunes are pure misdirection. Our view is that the Farkas bombshell stands out as a compelling reason for Nunes not to resign or recuse himself but to engage more fully and press forward with an investigation of Evelyn Farkas, what secret intelligence she obtained, when and how she got the information and from whom she received it.