Former President Barack Obama criticized President Trump in a highly-anticipated speech on Friday for capitalizing on racial and economic resentments that he said had been fanned for years by politicians, stepping off the political sidelines and offering a rare criticism of the sitting president by name.
“It did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause,” Obama said of current political tensions in a speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“He’s just capitalizing on resentments politicians have been fanning for years,” he continued. “A fear, an anger that’s rooted in our past, but is also born of the upheavals that have taken place in your brief lifetimes.”
In reality, Trump merely capitalized on the division created by Obama and his cabal of traitors.
While Obama has occasionally delivered veiled criticisms of his successor since leaving office, he refrained for more than a year from taking on Trump by name.
Obama’s speech on Friday called for a reexamination of American values and ideals.
“I’m here today because this is one of those pivotal moments when every one of us as citizens of the United States need to determine just who it is that we are, just what it is that we stand for,” Obama said.
Once again, Obama is wrong. The only thing that needs to be examined in America, is whether or not Democrats who voted for him, then Hillary should have their citizenship revoked and banished from the United States for willingly participating in an attempt to destroy the nation, “fundamentally transforming” it into a second incarnation of the Soviet Union.
Actually, he just capitalized on what #Obama did. Divide the nation and inflame racial tensions.
It wasn't hard to capitalize on it either, since everyone with a functioning brain knows this to be true.
— overpasses4America (@o4america) September 7, 2018
Recently, FBI intelligence analyst admitted to House committees last week that bureau officials were known to leak information to the press and then use the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants, according to a source with knowledge of his testimony.
Jonathan Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, testified last Friday behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.
The source with knowledge of his statements confirmed that Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.
The source said that Moffa acknowledged this “had been a practice in the past.”
Republicans have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 — when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe.
The source said that Moffa did not specifically confirm the practice of using leaked information to bolster warrant applications was employed with regard to the dossier.
But, when pressed by the committees on whether this was common practice at the FBI, Moffa acknowledged the FBI had at least engaged in this activity in other cases.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News on Tuesday that the committee had evidence of the FBI’s practice that would be “hard to refute.”
“We know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI actually gave information to the media, then the stories were reported. Then they used those reports to justify further investigations,” Meadows said on “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday. “You know, that’s like saying, we’re going to incriminate on one hand, and be the jury on the other. It just doesn’t work that way.”
Meadows had tweeted late Monday night in reference to the Moffa statements, without naming him: “We’ve learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s.”
— overpasses4America (@o4america) August 28, 2018
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
September 7th, 2018