How Obama undermined the incoming President

Less than 6 minute read

August 26, 2019 |

Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book, “BALL OF COLLUSION: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency,” might go down in history as the definitive account of what the Obama administration did behind the scenes in 2015-2017 to undermine Donald Trump, first as a candidate and later as President. It provides eminently solid explanations for what happened and connects the dots so well that it could be a “roadmap” for Attorney General William Barr as he conducts his own investigation and addresses the questions that remain. Though it’s doubtful Barr needs a roadmap at this point.

If you have friends or family members who don’t understand the seriousness of what occurred or who simply have thrown up their hands as the story got increasingly complicated, they should read this book --- or, at least one particular excerpt, which does a spectacular job on its own of concisely explaining what the Obama administration did to weaponize the institutions of power. It’s posted on the RealClear Investigations website; I’ve linked to it at the bottom of this commentary for you to read and pass along.


RELATED READING: Bizarre interview implicates Obama higher-ups in political espionage


To tell the story, McCarthy begins with a reference to the January 5, 2017, White House meeting with Obama and national security officials to discuss their assessment of Russia’s so-called interference in the election and to Susan Rice’s last-minute Inauguration Day CYA text, saying Obama insisted in that meeting that the Trump/Russia investigation be “by the book.” (McCarthy clarifies that Russians weren’t interfering in the election per se --- no ballots or vote tallies were involved --- but in the months leading up to it, by publicizing stolen emails and peddling outrageous propaganda.) President Obama had rushed to complete this assessment; as of January 5, he had just a couple of weeks before he and his staff would be out the door.

McCarthy also divides the timeline at BEFORE Election Day, when everyone thought Hillary was a shoo-in, and AFTER Election Day, that (wonderful) day voters told Hillary to “shoo.” Well before the election, Obama knew all about what the Russians had been doing, cyber-wise, but since it was assumed that Hillary would win, there was no desire to cast even a smidgen of doubt on the upcoming election results. “Because Clinton was the certain victor,” McCarthy writes, “Democrats made a calculated decision that nothing said or done would even hint that her coronation would reflect anything but the will of the people.” Recall that just days before the election, both Obama and Clinton assailed Trump for “daring to question the integrity and legitimacy of the election.” Obama even pointed out that Russia always stirs the pot and makes this kind of mischief (true, and so do we and everybody else, though he wasn’t going to say THAT) and it never amounts to anything in terms of results.

But then, Election Day came, and it knocked not only Hillary and her campaign but the whole Obama team for a loop. Imagine the blood draining from their faces as they realized that in just ten short weeks, none other than Donald J. Trump would be President, positioned to discover that Obama’s Executive Branch –- with help, I would add, from some Democrat legislators –- had exploited its massive counterintelligence powers, foreign and domestic, to spy on his political campaign. Holy Moly. As I’ve said, they really did make Richard Nixon look like an underachiever.

It’s at this point where McCarthy conveniently sums up the whole scandal. To quote: “It would become apparent to Trump that the Obama administration had been telling the FISC [FISA court] that his campaign was traitorously complicit in Russia’s hacking of Democratic email accounts. Trump would be poised to find out that the FBI, in coordination with the CIA, the State Department, and friendly foreign governments, had for months been running informants at Trump campaign advisors, aggressively asking them loaded questions designed to implicate the campaign in Russia’s hacking operations. He would hear of the “unmasking” of Trump associates in intelligence reporting so that Obama officials, such as Rice and Brennan, could monitor them. It would become clear to Trump that these steps were taken in stealth, withheld even from the Gang Of Eight that was created precisely to prevent such audacious executive action in the absence of high-level congressional oversight.”

Also, he continues, they realized Trump would know that he, personally, was the target of this scheme. Otherwise, they would have taken any suspicions directly to him –- or to one of his top campaign people with strong national security credentials –- in a defensive national security briefing. And even though there were officials whose blind hatred and loathing of Trump were enough to make them believe (“in their bones,” McCarthy writes) that he actually had corrupt Russian ties, Trump would know their investigation was based on nothing more than unverified, salacious gossip and hearsay generated by the Clinton campaign.

[Aside: I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that this will be their defense if (when??) they end up in court. They’ll say they BELIEVED that Trump was a Russian agent and lots of other bad things and so they acted accordingly in the name of national security. Sorry, that doesn’t cut it. If you tried to kill an innocent person whom you loathed and said it was because you BELIEVED that person was bad, you’d still end up in prison for attempted murder. And you should. Even if you believed it in your bones. But this is how they’ll try to justify their actions, if it comes to that.]

Anyway, Trump also knew Obama’s people had buried the criminal case against Hillary, “which, McCarthy writes, “[was] supported by such daunting evidence of guilt that the plain language of criminal statutes had to be distorted to avoid enforcing them.” So the inconsistent standards of “justice” applied to Trump and to Hillary would be glaring.

Obama and his people had ten weeks to do something. In ten weeks, Trump would “inherit the keys to the intelligence kingdom,” as McCarthy puts it. Knowing Trump, they realized he wasn’t likely to just let it go when he found out, even if bringing on a day of reckoning for the esteemed FBI caused him to lose political points. What would they do? Rather then let Trump make it public, they knew it would be better for them to “orchestrate the disclosure themselves.”

So, suddenly, instead of dismissing Russia’s efforts to “meddle in our democracy,” as the narrative had gone before the election, they would turn 180 degrees and blame Russia for Hillary’s loss. With help from the media, they would convince enough of the public that there truly WAS a sinister Trump/Russia conspiracy. And they would work it so any attempt to stop them from endlessly investigating it would be seen as obstruction. We saw that play out with the special counsel for almost two years.

Again, for fascinating late-summer reading, the book is BALL OF COLLUSION, by Andrew C. McCarthy. Here’s that excerpt…

'Ball of Collusion' Excerpt: All the President's Anti-Trump Loyalists | RealClearInvestigations

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  • Mary W Danos

    08/26/2019 03:53 PM

    What would we do without you Mike? You are about all the true conservative news we get. Keep up the good work and tell Sarah hello.

  • Rick Beard

    08/26/2019 03:25 PM

    It is time for heads to roll. It has been 3 years for crying out loud.

  • Ken Wilczak

    08/26/2019 03:18 PM

    Obama should hang for his orchestration of the unsuccessful Coup.

  • Linda Duderstadt

    08/26/2019 03:05 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee
    for this info Pray one day the guilty will be brought to justice ??

  • Joann Maager

    08/26/2019 03:01 PM

    Amazing how a corrupt mind and group can be so destructive and vicious. All the damage to so many as a result. How shameful. Thank you for the information. And so sad to read.

  • Earnest Hall

    08/26/2019 02:36 PM

    OBAMA AND HILLARY IS ONE OF THE SAME. TROBLE MAKERS...................

  • BARBARA LENTZ

    08/26/2019 02:25 PM

    I FELT FROM THE START OF IT THAT OBAMA AND HIS CRONIES WERE BEHIND EVERYTHING --- VOTE FOR A CRIMINAL AND PAY THE CONSEQUENSES --- I BELIEVE THAT OBAMA WAS OUT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND CAME CLOSE TO IT --- HE INSITED RACISM, GAVE AWAY MONEY AND WASTED MONEY ON HIS VACATIONS --- AND HE DID NOTHING IN THE WAY OF THINGS THAT TRUMP DOES, TRUMP LOVES THE PEOPLE ----OBAMA HATED US

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    08/26/2019 02:11 PM

    Wow, I have got to find a copy of this book. Thank you so very much for previewing it. As we have all suspected, the previous administration was so "hell-bent" on electing Hillary and proving that President Trump was a Russian surrogate that they used all the tricks of the Russian playbook plus some new twists.

    Again that you and your staff for keeping us "Deplorable's " informed of what the democrats are really up to.

  • Helen Corey

    08/26/2019 01:53 PM

    The trashing of a newly elected President by the outgoing opposition party’s administration sickens me. Even more so when MSM colluded with former administration to spread the trash and pass it off as truthful news each day. There isn’t a jail big enough to contain them all. And they’re still trying to destroy President Trump and the country. Sick, sick, sick.

  • Beth Honeycutt

    08/26/2019 01:52 PM

    It is as plain on the nose on your face, how corrupt these people are. They only care about themselves and how rich they can get. I just can't believe they have so many just blindly following them. Some are even my own family members.

  • Bruce Ross

    08/26/2019 01:25 PM

    Sadly, most of the culprits will get away...scottfree. There's so much corruption in our government/world that this has become acceptable. It really makes me sad that we have stooped to the level of such underhanded things. Obama is a thug, a fraud, and should honestly be tried for treason. Along with a list of others. Just my opinion I guess. But right is right and wrong is wrong.

  • S joy

    08/26/2019 01:24 PM

    Didn’t know where else to send this: please tell the CLOWNS in the Republican Party to stop the nitwits trying to primary Trump—-unless of course the idiots want the dems to WIN! I will not donate to ANY republican until I see they ALL stand behind our president. Period. Thank you for the job YOU do!

  • Ronald Besse

    08/26/2019 12:51 PM

    Hard for me and many others to believe that Russia was out to make sure Hillary didn't win. After all she helped sell off 20+% of our uranium stock and Slick Willie got the outrageous speaking fee. Then you could look at all of the contributions to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments in what you, me, and others consider to be pay for play.

  • jack macdonald

    08/26/2019 12:49 PM

    Wow! Just read all 29 comments and almost to a person they have it right when they say Obama committed Treason. This Manchurian candidate was enormously successful in his attempt to fundamentally transform America. Someone needs to uncover the mastermind behind this treason. Obama was auditioned for his role by someone and the global powerbrokers made it happen. Obama, with the help of a thoroughly corrupt media (someone got to them too) turned Americans against each other like no other time since the civil war. Who wanted this to happen? If giving billions to a Terrorist nation and enemy of the USA doesn't constitute "TREASON", what the hell does? I don't know why he didn't just send them Nukes so we could save the charade of his unverifiable agreement for their path to Nukes. You can't be serious to think that Iran would honor any deal even if "verifiable". When you deal with snakes you shouldn't be surprised if it comes back to bite you. Obama will never be tried for his treason because there would be riots like we have never seen. There are too many fools/dupes in our populace to ever seek true "justice". jm

  • Julie Bodley

    08/26/2019 12:42 PM

    I absolutely don't understand how or why nothing seems to be able to be done to stop these wicked law breaking beaurocrats!?! They had no problem uncovering Nixon, though there were tapes. But, we've hundreds of thousands of emails. WHY doesn't President Trump send a special team into HIS FBI & get the info & fire Wray & others who are not doing as the courts have demanded? Aren't they breaking the law? How & why are crooks in govt not held accountable as regular citizens are?! We know illegals have more right then born citizens!! It's just more proof of the Biblical times we're in!!! As the Bible talks abt brother against brother, the nonsensical chaos, nothing makes sense!!! Literally, thank God there's Jesus, and the knowledge that if you're born-again you are new in the Savior Christ Jesus & you can live eternity in Heaven cause the world is a scary mess!!! We live in Washington State, home of the idiot Gov. Jay Inslee & his wicked AG. We have major voter fraud here & no matter how we vote it's always democrats, even the majority of republicans here are democrats. Many of our cities are filled w/drug & mentally ill encampments, we are a sanctuary state (our gov loves to write laws) where the law says illegals CANNOT be prosecuted or turned over to ICE so we've had these monsters rape & kill over & over & over again, money is spent primarily on suing Res. Trump, & people here do NOTHING to change it!! I love this state but not the people or govt. Unfortunately money & health doesn't allow us to leave, but why should we? This plague is spreading across America & our so called Conservatives talk a lot but never seem to get anything done!!!

  • Gwen Collins

    08/26/2019 12:39 PM

    Good work. Keep it up

  • Jim Evers

    08/26/2019 12:24 PM

    1 No one will ever go to jail for all of this plus Hillary's evil-doing, as she should and others like her.
    2 When a President is elected why does it take so long to actually enter the oval office as President? I believe it should take no longer than one week.
    Please explain. Thank you.

  • Ann Ford Longacre

    08/26/2019 12:19 PM

    I think I now understand why President Obama had to tell Hillary to concede the election when she had such a hard time doing it on her own. I think I remember he had to call her and tell her to concede. He had to figure out the beginnings of how to come up with a "conspiracy" talking point.

  • James Moore

    08/26/2019 12:05 PM

    There is no doubt all of this happened but how do we convince all of America, how do we convince the liberal media that opposes and dislikes President Trump so much they simply refuse to report the truth. How do we ever reach the people that will reply "I'm a Democrat" and cannot be persuaded to even consider that President Trump is the "good guy" and they are being mislead by Democrat politicians and their media. The whole issue is taking too long to conclude and what happens if not finished by election day and, GOD forbid, Democrats win.

  • Shirley Jo Baker

    08/26/2019 11:55 AM

    If the Obama administration gets away with this, and goes unpunished, the respect for law and order in this country is gone, and it will happen again. They MUST be punished

  • LORI ROSS DOA

    08/26/2019 11:54 AM

    The entire crew movements prior to the election should be looked at. As I recall they were all so busy busy

  • Eric Huckabee

    08/26/2019 11:52 AM

    What US Code was violated and who is going to jail? If the had happened to the Democratics many Republicans would be in jail right now.

  • Ruby Howell

    08/26/2019 11:47 AM

    Obama needs to be investigated intensely. I believe his administration was deeply corrupt. I also think that Hillary & everyone connected to her should be investigated as well. There was a lot of dirty dealing & underminding of the US during the years of the Obama presidency.

  • David Colonna

    08/26/2019 11:44 AM

    Thank you for Sharing and now I hope or plan to send a copy to my 24/7 anti-Trump cousin who post 3-5 daily post on Facebook. May be, just may be the truth in the book will save him and change his heart. May God continue to reveal the truth and may Justice prevail for all involved and literally take down the Liberal Democrats who want to ruin our country.

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    08/26/2019 11:38 AM

    Astounding and outstanding work.

How Obama undermined the incoming President

Less than 6 minute read

August 26, 2019 |

Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book, “BALL OF COLLUSION: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency,” might go down in history as the definitive account of what the Obama administration did behind the scenes in 2015-2017 to undermine Donald Trump, first as a candidate and later as President. It provides eminently solid explanations for what happened and connects the dots so well that it could be a “roadmap” for Attorney General William Barr as he conducts his own investigation and addresses the questions that remain. Though it’s doubtful Barr needs a roadmap at this point.

If you have friends or family members who don’t understand the seriousness of what occurred or who simply have thrown up their hands as the story got increasingly complicated, they should read this book --- or, at least one particular excerpt, which does a spectacular job on its own of concisely explaining what the Obama administration did to weaponize the institutions of power. It’s posted on the RealClear Investigations website; I’ve linked to it at the bottom of this commentary for you to read and pass along.


RELATED READING: Bizarre interview implicates Obama higher-ups in political espionage


To tell the story, McCarthy begins with a reference to the January 5, 2017, White House meeting with Obama and national security officials to discuss their assessment of Russia’s so-called interference in the election and to Susan Rice’s last-minute Inauguration Day CYA text, saying Obama insisted in that meeting that the Trump/Russia investigation be “by the book.” (McCarthy clarifies that Russians weren’t interfering in the election per se --- no ballots or vote tallies were involved --- but in the months leading up to it, by publicizing stolen emails and peddling outrageous propaganda.) President Obama had rushed to complete this assessment; as of January 5, he had just a couple of weeks before he and his staff would be out the door.

McCarthy also divides the timeline at BEFORE Election Day, when everyone thought Hillary was a shoo-in, and AFTER Election Day, that (wonderful) day voters told Hillary to “shoo.” Well before the election, Obama knew all about what the Russians had been doing, cyber-wise, but since it was assumed that Hillary would win, there was no desire to cast even a smidgen of doubt on the upcoming election results. “Because Clinton was the certain victor,” McCarthy writes, “Democrats made a calculated decision that nothing said or done would even hint that her coronation would reflect anything but the will of the people.” Recall that just days before the election, both Obama and Clinton assailed Trump for “daring to question the integrity and legitimacy of the election.” Obama even pointed out that Russia always stirs the pot and makes this kind of mischief (true, and so do we and everybody else, though he wasn’t going to say THAT) and it never amounts to anything in terms of results.

But then, Election Day came, and it knocked not only Hillary and her campaign but the whole Obama team for a loop. Imagine the blood draining from their faces as they realized that in just ten short weeks, none other than Donald J. Trump would be President, positioned to discover that Obama’s Executive Branch –- with help, I would add, from some Democrat legislators –- had exploited its massive counterintelligence powers, foreign and domestic, to spy on his political campaign. Holy Moly. As I’ve said, they really did make Richard Nixon look like an underachiever.

It’s at this point where McCarthy conveniently sums up the whole scandal. To quote: “It would become apparent to Trump that the Obama administration had been telling the FISC [FISA court] that his campaign was traitorously complicit in Russia’s hacking of Democratic email accounts. Trump would be poised to find out that the FBI, in coordination with the CIA, the State Department, and friendly foreign governments, had for months been running informants at Trump campaign advisors, aggressively asking them loaded questions designed to implicate the campaign in Russia’s hacking operations. He would hear of the “unmasking” of Trump associates in intelligence reporting so that Obama officials, such as Rice and Brennan, could monitor them. It would become clear to Trump that these steps were taken in stealth, withheld even from the Gang Of Eight that was created precisely to prevent such audacious executive action in the absence of high-level congressional oversight.”

Also, he continues, they realized Trump would know that he, personally, was the target of this scheme. Otherwise, they would have taken any suspicions directly to him –- or to one of his top campaign people with strong national security credentials –- in a defensive national security briefing. And even though there were officials whose blind hatred and loathing of Trump were enough to make them believe (“in their bones,” McCarthy writes) that he actually had corrupt Russian ties, Trump would know their investigation was based on nothing more than unverified, salacious gossip and hearsay generated by the Clinton campaign.

[Aside: I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that this will be their defense if (when??) they end up in court. They’ll say they BELIEVED that Trump was a Russian agent and lots of other bad things and so they acted accordingly in the name of national security. Sorry, that doesn’t cut it. If you tried to kill an innocent person whom you loathed and said it was because you BELIEVED that person was bad, you’d still end up in prison for attempted murder. And you should. Even if you believed it in your bones. But this is how they’ll try to justify their actions, if it comes to that.]

Anyway, Trump also knew Obama’s people had buried the criminal case against Hillary, “which, McCarthy writes, “[was] supported by such daunting evidence of guilt that the plain language of criminal statutes had to be distorted to avoid enforcing them.” So the inconsistent standards of “justice” applied to Trump and to Hillary would be glaring.

Obama and his people had ten weeks to do something. In ten weeks, Trump would “inherit the keys to the intelligence kingdom,” as McCarthy puts it. Knowing Trump, they realized he wasn’t likely to just let it go when he found out, even if bringing on a day of reckoning for the esteemed FBI caused him to lose political points. What would they do? Rather then let Trump make it public, they knew it would be better for them to “orchestrate the disclosure themselves.”

So, suddenly, instead of dismissing Russia’s efforts to “meddle in our democracy,” as the narrative had gone before the election, they would turn 180 degrees and blame Russia for Hillary’s loss. With help from the media, they would convince enough of the public that there truly WAS a sinister Trump/Russia conspiracy. And they would work it so any attempt to stop them from endlessly investigating it would be seen as obstruction. We saw that play out with the special counsel for almost two years.

Again, for fascinating late-summer reading, the book is BALL OF COLLUSION, by Andrew C. McCarthy. Here’s that excerpt…

'Ball of Collusion' Excerpt: All the President's Anti-Trump Loyalists | RealClearInvestigations

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Comments 26-50 of 73

  • Mary W Danos

    08/26/2019 03:53 PM

    What would we do without you Mike? You are about all the true conservative news we get. Keep up the good work and tell Sarah hello.

  • Rick Beard

    08/26/2019 03:25 PM

    It is time for heads to roll. It has been 3 years for crying out loud.

  • Ken Wilczak

    08/26/2019 03:18 PM

    Obama should hang for his orchestration of the unsuccessful Coup.

  • Linda Duderstadt

    08/26/2019 03:05 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee
    for this info Pray one day the guilty will be brought to justice ??

  • Joann Maager

    08/26/2019 03:01 PM

    Amazing how a corrupt mind and group can be so destructive and vicious. All the damage to so many as a result. How shameful. Thank you for the information. And so sad to read.

  • Earnest Hall

    08/26/2019 02:36 PM

    OBAMA AND HILLARY IS ONE OF THE SAME. TROBLE MAKERS...................

  • BARBARA LENTZ

    08/26/2019 02:25 PM

    I FELT FROM THE START OF IT THAT OBAMA AND HIS CRONIES WERE BEHIND EVERYTHING --- VOTE FOR A CRIMINAL AND PAY THE CONSEQUENSES --- I BELIEVE THAT OBAMA WAS OUT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND CAME CLOSE TO IT --- HE INSITED RACISM, GAVE AWAY MONEY AND WASTED MONEY ON HIS VACATIONS --- AND HE DID NOTHING IN THE WAY OF THINGS THAT TRUMP DOES, TRUMP LOVES THE PEOPLE ----OBAMA HATED US

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    08/26/2019 02:11 PM

    Wow, I have got to find a copy of this book. Thank you so very much for previewing it. As we have all suspected, the previous administration was so "hell-bent" on electing Hillary and proving that President Trump was a Russian surrogate that they used all the tricks of the Russian playbook plus some new twists.

    Again that you and your staff for keeping us "Deplorable's " informed of what the democrats are really up to.

  • Helen Corey

    08/26/2019 01:53 PM

    The trashing of a newly elected President by the outgoing opposition party’s administration sickens me. Even more so when MSM colluded with former administration to spread the trash and pass it off as truthful news each day. There isn’t a jail big enough to contain them all. And they’re still trying to destroy President Trump and the country. Sick, sick, sick.

  • Beth Honeycutt

    08/26/2019 01:52 PM

    It is as plain on the nose on your face, how corrupt these people are. They only care about themselves and how rich they can get. I just can't believe they have so many just blindly following them. Some are even my own family members.

  • Bruce Ross

    08/26/2019 01:25 PM

    Sadly, most of the culprits will get away...scottfree. There's so much corruption in our government/world that this has become acceptable. It really makes me sad that we have stooped to the level of such underhanded things. Obama is a thug, a fraud, and should honestly be tried for treason. Along with a list of others. Just my opinion I guess. But right is right and wrong is wrong.

  • S joy

    08/26/2019 01:24 PM

    Didn’t know where else to send this: please tell the CLOWNS in the Republican Party to stop the nitwits trying to primary Trump—-unless of course the idiots want the dems to WIN! I will not donate to ANY republican until I see they ALL stand behind our president. Period. Thank you for the job YOU do!

  • Ronald Besse

    08/26/2019 12:51 PM

    Hard for me and many others to believe that Russia was out to make sure Hillary didn't win. After all she helped sell off 20+% of our uranium stock and Slick Willie got the outrageous speaking fee. Then you could look at all of the contributions to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments in what you, me, and others consider to be pay for play.

  • jack macdonald

    08/26/2019 12:49 PM

    Wow! Just read all 29 comments and almost to a person they have it right when they say Obama committed Treason. This Manchurian candidate was enormously successful in his attempt to fundamentally transform America. Someone needs to uncover the mastermind behind this treason. Obama was auditioned for his role by someone and the global powerbrokers made it happen. Obama, with the help of a thoroughly corrupt media (someone got to them too) turned Americans against each other like no other time since the civil war. Who wanted this to happen? If giving billions to a Terrorist nation and enemy of the USA doesn't constitute "TREASON", what the hell does? I don't know why he didn't just send them Nukes so we could save the charade of his unverifiable agreement for their path to Nukes. You can't be serious to think that Iran would honor any deal even if "verifiable". When you deal with snakes you shouldn't be surprised if it comes back to bite you. Obama will never be tried for his treason because there would be riots like we have never seen. There are too many fools/dupes in our populace to ever seek true "justice". jm

  • Julie Bodley

    08/26/2019 12:42 PM

    I absolutely don't understand how or why nothing seems to be able to be done to stop these wicked law breaking beaurocrats!?! They had no problem uncovering Nixon, though there were tapes. But, we've hundreds of thousands of emails. WHY doesn't President Trump send a special team into HIS FBI & get the info & fire Wray & others who are not doing as the courts have demanded? Aren't they breaking the law? How & why are crooks in govt not held accountable as regular citizens are?! We know illegals have more right then born citizens!! It's just more proof of the Biblical times we're in!!! As the Bible talks abt brother against brother, the nonsensical chaos, nothing makes sense!!! Literally, thank God there's Jesus, and the knowledge that if you're born-again you are new in the Savior Christ Jesus & you can live eternity in Heaven cause the world is a scary mess!!! We live in Washington State, home of the idiot Gov. Jay Inslee & his wicked AG. We have major voter fraud here & no matter how we vote it's always democrats, even the majority of republicans here are democrats. Many of our cities are filled w/drug & mentally ill encampments, we are a sanctuary state (our gov loves to write laws) where the law says illegals CANNOT be prosecuted or turned over to ICE so we've had these monsters rape & kill over & over & over again, money is spent primarily on suing Res. Trump, & people here do NOTHING to change it!! I love this state but not the people or govt. Unfortunately money & health doesn't allow us to leave, but why should we? This plague is spreading across America & our so called Conservatives talk a lot but never seem to get anything done!!!

  • Gwen Collins

    08/26/2019 12:39 PM

    Good work. Keep it up

  • Jim Evers

    08/26/2019 12:24 PM

    1 No one will ever go to jail for all of this plus Hillary's evil-doing, as she should and others like her.
    2 When a President is elected why does it take so long to actually enter the oval office as President? I believe it should take no longer than one week.
    Please explain. Thank you.

  • Ann Ford Longacre

    08/26/2019 12:19 PM

    I think I now understand why President Obama had to tell Hillary to concede the election when she had such a hard time doing it on her own. I think I remember he had to call her and tell her to concede. He had to figure out the beginnings of how to come up with a "conspiracy" talking point.

  • James Moore

    08/26/2019 12:05 PM

    There is no doubt all of this happened but how do we convince all of America, how do we convince the liberal media that opposes and dislikes President Trump so much they simply refuse to report the truth. How do we ever reach the people that will reply "I'm a Democrat" and cannot be persuaded to even consider that President Trump is the "good guy" and they are being mislead by Democrat politicians and their media. The whole issue is taking too long to conclude and what happens if not finished by election day and, GOD forbid, Democrats win.

  • Shirley Jo Baker

    08/26/2019 11:55 AM

    If the Obama administration gets away with this, and goes unpunished, the respect for law and order in this country is gone, and it will happen again. They MUST be punished

  • LORI ROSS DOA

    08/26/2019 11:54 AM

    The entire crew movements prior to the election should be looked at. As I recall they were all so busy busy

  • Eric Huckabee

    08/26/2019 11:52 AM

    What US Code was violated and who is going to jail? If the had happened to the Democratics many Republicans would be in jail right now.

  • Ruby Howell

    08/26/2019 11:47 AM

    Obama needs to be investigated intensely. I believe his administration was deeply corrupt. I also think that Hillary & everyone connected to her should be investigated as well. There was a lot of dirty dealing & underminding of the US during the years of the Obama presidency.

  • David Colonna

    08/26/2019 11:44 AM

    Thank you for Sharing and now I hope or plan to send a copy to my 24/7 anti-Trump cousin who post 3-5 daily post on Facebook. May be, just may be the truth in the book will save him and change his heart. May God continue to reveal the truth and may Justice prevail for all involved and literally take down the Liberal Democrats who want to ruin our country.

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    08/26/2019 11:38 AM

    Astounding and outstanding work.

How Obama undermined the incoming President

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August 26, 2019 |

Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book, “BALL OF COLLUSION: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency,” might go down in history as the definitive account of what the Obama administration did behind the scenes in 2015-2017 to undermine Donald Trump, first as a candidate and later as President. It provides eminently solid explanations for what happened and connects the dots so well that it could be a “roadmap” for Attorney General William Barr as he conducts his own investigation and addresses the questions that remain. Though it’s doubtful Barr needs a roadmap at this point.

If you have friends or family members who don’t understand the seriousness of what occurred or who simply have thrown up their hands as the story got increasingly complicated, they should read this book --- or, at least one particular excerpt, which does a spectacular job on its own of concisely explaining what the Obama administration did to weaponize the institutions of power. It’s posted on the RealClear Investigations website; I’ve linked to it at the bottom of this commentary for you to read and pass along.


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To tell the story, McCarthy begins with a reference to the January 5, 2017, White House meeting with Obama and national security officials to discuss their assessment of Russia’s so-called interference in the election and to Susan Rice’s last-minute Inauguration Day CYA text, saying Obama insisted in that meeting that the Trump/Russia investigation be “by the book.” (McCarthy clarifies that Russians weren’t interfering in the election per se --- no ballots or vote tallies were involved --- but in the months leading up to it, by publicizing stolen emails and peddling outrageous propaganda.) President Obama had rushed to complete this assessment; as of January 5, he had just a couple of weeks before he and his staff would be out the door.

McCarthy also divides the timeline at BEFORE Election Day, when everyone thought Hillary was a shoo-in, and AFTER Election Day, that (wonderful) day voters told Hillary to “shoo.” Well before the election, Obama knew all about what the Russians had been doing, cyber-wise, but since it was assumed that Hillary would win, there was no desire to cast even a smidgen of doubt on the upcoming election results. “Because Clinton was the certain victor,” McCarthy writes, “Democrats made a calculated decision that nothing said or done would even hint that her coronation would reflect anything but the will of the people.” Recall that just days before the election, both Obama and Clinton assailed Trump for “daring to question the integrity and legitimacy of the election.” Obama even pointed out that Russia always stirs the pot and makes this kind of mischief (true, and so do we and everybody else, though he wasn’t going to say THAT) and it never amounts to anything in terms of results.

But then, Election Day came, and it knocked not only Hillary and her campaign but the whole Obama team for a loop. Imagine the blood draining from their faces as they realized that in just ten short weeks, none other than Donald J. Trump would be President, positioned to discover that Obama’s Executive Branch –- with help, I would add, from some Democrat legislators –- had exploited its massive counterintelligence powers, foreign and domestic, to spy on his political campaign. Holy Moly. As I’ve said, they really did make Richard Nixon look like an underachiever.

It’s at this point where McCarthy conveniently sums up the whole scandal. To quote: “It would become apparent to Trump that the Obama administration had been telling the FISC [FISA court] that his campaign was traitorously complicit in Russia’s hacking of Democratic email accounts. Trump would be poised to find out that the FBI, in coordination with the CIA, the State Department, and friendly foreign governments, had for months been running informants at Trump campaign advisors, aggressively asking them loaded questions designed to implicate the campaign in Russia’s hacking operations. He would hear of the “unmasking” of Trump associates in intelligence reporting so that Obama officials, such as Rice and Brennan, could monitor them. It would become clear to Trump that these steps were taken in stealth, withheld even from the Gang Of Eight that was created precisely to prevent such audacious executive action in the absence of high-level congressional oversight.”

Also, he continues, they realized Trump would know that he, personally, was the target of this scheme. Otherwise, they would have taken any suspicions directly to him –- or to one of his top campaign people with strong national security credentials –- in a defensive national security briefing. And even though there were officials whose blind hatred and loathing of Trump were enough to make them believe (“in their bones,” McCarthy writes) that he actually had corrupt Russian ties, Trump would know their investigation was based on nothing more than unverified, salacious gossip and hearsay generated by the Clinton campaign.

[Aside: I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that this will be their defense if (when??) they end up in court. They’ll say they BELIEVED that Trump was a Russian agent and lots of other bad things and so they acted accordingly in the name of national security. Sorry, that doesn’t cut it. If you tried to kill an innocent person whom you loathed and said it was because you BELIEVED that person was bad, you’d still end up in prison for attempted murder. And you should. Even if you believed it in your bones. But this is how they’ll try to justify their actions, if it comes to that.]

Anyway, Trump also knew Obama’s people had buried the criminal case against Hillary, “which, McCarthy writes, “[was] supported by such daunting evidence of guilt that the plain language of criminal statutes had to be distorted to avoid enforcing them.” So the inconsistent standards of “justice” applied to Trump and to Hillary would be glaring.

Obama and his people had ten weeks to do something. In ten weeks, Trump would “inherit the keys to the intelligence kingdom,” as McCarthy puts it. Knowing Trump, they realized he wasn’t likely to just let it go when he found out, even if bringing on a day of reckoning for the esteemed FBI caused him to lose political points. What would they do? Rather then let Trump make it public, they knew it would be better for them to “orchestrate the disclosure themselves.”

So, suddenly, instead of dismissing Russia’s efforts to “meddle in our democracy,” as the narrative had gone before the election, they would turn 180 degrees and blame Russia for Hillary’s loss. With help from the media, they would convince enough of the public that there truly WAS a sinister Trump/Russia conspiracy. And they would work it so any attempt to stop them from endlessly investigating it would be seen as obstruction. We saw that play out with the special counsel for almost two years.

Again, for fascinating late-summer reading, the book is BALL OF COLLUSION, by Andrew C. McCarthy. Here’s that excerpt…

'Ball of Collusion' Excerpt: All the President's Anti-Trump Loyalists | RealClearInvestigations

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  • Mary W Danos

    08/26/2019 03:53 PM

    What would we do without you Mike? You are about all the true conservative news we get. Keep up the good work and tell Sarah hello.

  • Rick Beard

    08/26/2019 03:25 PM

    It is time for heads to roll. It has been 3 years for crying out loud.

  • Ken Wilczak

    08/26/2019 03:18 PM

    Obama should hang for his orchestration of the unsuccessful Coup.

  • Linda Duderstadt

    08/26/2019 03:05 PM

    Thank you Mr Huckabee
    for this info Pray one day the guilty will be brought to justice ??

  • Joann Maager

    08/26/2019 03:01 PM

    Amazing how a corrupt mind and group can be so destructive and vicious. All the damage to so many as a result. How shameful. Thank you for the information. And so sad to read.

  • Earnest Hall

    08/26/2019 02:36 PM

    OBAMA AND HILLARY IS ONE OF THE SAME. TROBLE MAKERS...................

  • BARBARA LENTZ

    08/26/2019 02:25 PM

    I FELT FROM THE START OF IT THAT OBAMA AND HIS CRONIES WERE BEHIND EVERYTHING --- VOTE FOR A CRIMINAL AND PAY THE CONSEQUENSES --- I BELIEVE THAT OBAMA WAS OUT TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND CAME CLOSE TO IT --- HE INSITED RACISM, GAVE AWAY MONEY AND WASTED MONEY ON HIS VACATIONS --- AND HE DID NOTHING IN THE WAY OF THINGS THAT TRUMP DOES, TRUMP LOVES THE PEOPLE ----OBAMA HATED US

  • Allen M Swatsworth

    08/26/2019 02:11 PM

    Wow, I have got to find a copy of this book. Thank you so very much for previewing it. As we have all suspected, the previous administration was so "hell-bent" on electing Hillary and proving that President Trump was a Russian surrogate that they used all the tricks of the Russian playbook plus some new twists.

    Again that you and your staff for keeping us "Deplorable's " informed of what the democrats are really up to.

  • Helen Corey

    08/26/2019 01:53 PM

    The trashing of a newly elected President by the outgoing opposition party’s administration sickens me. Even more so when MSM colluded with former administration to spread the trash and pass it off as truthful news each day. There isn’t a jail big enough to contain them all. And they’re still trying to destroy President Trump and the country. Sick, sick, sick.

  • Beth Honeycutt

    08/26/2019 01:52 PM

    It is as plain on the nose on your face, how corrupt these people are. They only care about themselves and how rich they can get. I just can't believe they have so many just blindly following them. Some are even my own family members.

  • Bruce Ross

    08/26/2019 01:25 PM

    Sadly, most of the culprits will get away...scottfree. There's so much corruption in our government/world that this has become acceptable. It really makes me sad that we have stooped to the level of such underhanded things. Obama is a thug, a fraud, and should honestly be tried for treason. Along with a list of others. Just my opinion I guess. But right is right and wrong is wrong.

  • S joy

    08/26/2019 01:24 PM

    Didn’t know where else to send this: please tell the CLOWNS in the Republican Party to stop the nitwits trying to primary Trump—-unless of course the idiots want the dems to WIN! I will not donate to ANY republican until I see they ALL stand behind our president. Period. Thank you for the job YOU do!

  • Ronald Besse

    08/26/2019 12:51 PM

    Hard for me and many others to believe that Russia was out to make sure Hillary didn't win. After all she helped sell off 20+% of our uranium stock and Slick Willie got the outrageous speaking fee. Then you could look at all of the contributions to the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments in what you, me, and others consider to be pay for play.

  • jack macdonald

    08/26/2019 12:49 PM

    Wow! Just read all 29 comments and almost to a person they have it right when they say Obama committed Treason. This Manchurian candidate was enormously successful in his attempt to fundamentally transform America. Someone needs to uncover the mastermind behind this treason. Obama was auditioned for his role by someone and the global powerbrokers made it happen. Obama, with the help of a thoroughly corrupt media (someone got to them too) turned Americans against each other like no other time since the civil war. Who wanted this to happen? If giving billions to a Terrorist nation and enemy of the USA doesn't constitute "TREASON", what the hell does? I don't know why he didn't just send them Nukes so we could save the charade of his unverifiable agreement for their path to Nukes. You can't be serious to think that Iran would honor any deal even if "verifiable". When you deal with snakes you shouldn't be surprised if it comes back to bite you. Obama will never be tried for his treason because there would be riots like we have never seen. There are too many fools/dupes in our populace to ever seek true "justice". jm

  • Julie Bodley

    08/26/2019 12:42 PM

    I absolutely don't understand how or why nothing seems to be able to be done to stop these wicked law breaking beaurocrats!?! They had no problem uncovering Nixon, though there were tapes. But, we've hundreds of thousands of emails. WHY doesn't President Trump send a special team into HIS FBI & get the info & fire Wray & others who are not doing as the courts have demanded? Aren't they breaking the law? How & why are crooks in govt not held accountable as regular citizens are?! We know illegals have more right then born citizens!! It's just more proof of the Biblical times we're in!!! As the Bible talks abt brother against brother, the nonsensical chaos, nothing makes sense!!! Literally, thank God there's Jesus, and the knowledge that if you're born-again you are new in the Savior Christ Jesus & you can live eternity in Heaven cause the world is a scary mess!!! We live in Washington State, home of the idiot Gov. Jay Inslee & his wicked AG. We have major voter fraud here & no matter how we vote it's always democrats, even the majority of republicans here are democrats. Many of our cities are filled w/drug & mentally ill encampments, we are a sanctuary state (our gov loves to write laws) where the law says illegals CANNOT be prosecuted or turned over to ICE so we've had these monsters rape & kill over & over & over again, money is spent primarily on suing Res. Trump, & people here do NOTHING to change it!! I love this state but not the people or govt. Unfortunately money & health doesn't allow us to leave, but why should we? This plague is spreading across America & our so called Conservatives talk a lot but never seem to get anything done!!!

  • Gwen Collins

    08/26/2019 12:39 PM

    Good work. Keep it up

  • Jim Evers

    08/26/2019 12:24 PM

    1 No one will ever go to jail for all of this plus Hillary's evil-doing, as she should and others like her.
    2 When a President is elected why does it take so long to actually enter the oval office as President? I believe it should take no longer than one week.
    Please explain. Thank you.

  • Ann Ford Longacre

    08/26/2019 12:19 PM

    I think I now understand why President Obama had to tell Hillary to concede the election when she had such a hard time doing it on her own. I think I remember he had to call her and tell her to concede. He had to figure out the beginnings of how to come up with a "conspiracy" talking point.

  • James Moore

    08/26/2019 12:05 PM

    There is no doubt all of this happened but how do we convince all of America, how do we convince the liberal media that opposes and dislikes President Trump so much they simply refuse to report the truth. How do we ever reach the people that will reply "I'm a Democrat" and cannot be persuaded to even consider that President Trump is the "good guy" and they are being mislead by Democrat politicians and their media. The whole issue is taking too long to conclude and what happens if not finished by election day and, GOD forbid, Democrats win.

  • Shirley Jo Baker

    08/26/2019 11:55 AM

    If the Obama administration gets away with this, and goes unpunished, the respect for law and order in this country is gone, and it will happen again. They MUST be punished

  • LORI ROSS DOA

    08/26/2019 11:54 AM

    The entire crew movements prior to the election should be looked at. As I recall they were all so busy busy

  • Eric Huckabee

    08/26/2019 11:52 AM

    What US Code was violated and who is going to jail? If the had happened to the Democratics many Republicans would be in jail right now.

  • Ruby Howell

    08/26/2019 11:47 AM

    Obama needs to be investigated intensely. I believe his administration was deeply corrupt. I also think that Hillary & everyone connected to her should be investigated as well. There was a lot of dirty dealing & underminding of the US during the years of the Obama presidency.

  • David Colonna

    08/26/2019 11:44 AM

    Thank you for Sharing and now I hope or plan to send a copy to my 24/7 anti-Trump cousin who post 3-5 daily post on Facebook. May be, just may be the truth in the book will save him and change his heart. May God continue to reveal the truth and may Justice prevail for all involved and literally take down the Liberal Democrats who want to ruin our country.

  • Thomas R Sprenger

    08/26/2019 11:38 AM

    Astounding and outstanding work.