In an interview Thursday morning, Oct. 8, with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo, President Trump suggested that Attorney General William Barr has strong evidence to charge members of the Obama administration with spying on his own campaign in 2016, including former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden.
While the main news that followed the extensive interview was the announcement that President Trump will not participate in a debate with candidate Biden virtually as recently suggested, the president also made a no less important announcement when he assured that the Justice Department has plenty of evidence to approve an investigation of Obama administration officials.
“These people should be indicted, this was the greatest political crime in the history of our country, and that includes Obama and it includes Biden,” the president said. He added, “These are people that spied on my campaign—and we have everything—and now they say ‘We have much more,’ and I say, ‘Bill, we got plenty, you don’t need anymore.'”
The president then said he had seen the report on James Comey, the former director of the FBI, which was a 78-page blunt document by the inspector general of the Department of Justice, Michael Horowitz, with valuable evidence.
However, at no time did the president specify whether it was public documentation, or part of the investigation already underway by United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham, or information that has yet to be delivered to Justice for a new investigation.
Prior to today’s announcement, President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday night that he is authorizing the declassification of all government documents related to allegations that former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aides tried to illegally link him to the Russian conspiracy before the 2016 elections.
“I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax,” he wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday.
I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions! https://t.co/GgnHh9GOiq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
The president’s announcement came just hours after National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe also declassified a CIA memo to former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok, according to Neon Nettle.
With less than a month to go before the election, it is unlikely that the allegations and evidence, as important as they are, will have any real legal impact. But if the charges are formally announced against a high-ranking member of the Obama administration, it will no doubt cause a huge media stir.