Evelyn Farkas is a former Assistant Defense Secretary who served in the Obama Administration. She recently appeared on MSNBC and admitted that the intelligence community was trying to collect as much data as possible on Russian connections to Donald Trump and his team before Obama left office. She claims that she wanted to push that information to people on Capitol Hill out of fear that Trump would bury the intelligence once he took office.
But she also had a cryptic quote about the collection saying, “If [Trump’s team] they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff dealing with Russians that they would try to compromise the sources and methods meaning that we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
How we knew what we knew about the Trump staff? What does that mean?
Here is the full quote:
“…Frankly speaking the people on The Hill..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 people who left so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy…
Ummm that the Trump folks if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff dealing with Russians that they would try to compromise the sources and methods meaning that we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
She seems to indicate that first, there was intelligence involving Trump officials. Second, Trump would not be happy about how it was collected in the first place.
Farkas was clearly referring to the investigation into Russian connections to Donald Trump that FBI Director James Comey admitted has existed since July 2016. Farkas resigned from the Administration at the end of September. So she had access to intelligence prior to leaving her post and joining the Clinton team.
Computer scientists have apparently uncovered a covert server linking the Trump Organization to a Russian-based bank. pic.twitter.com/8f8n9xMzUU
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 1, 2016
At the time it received little press because the idea that Hillary Clinton was attacking anyone over a secret server was, to say the least, insane. But it is likely that the Clinton campaign leaked information about the investigation to Slate in the first place, although proving so would be next to impossible.
If that’s the case then this comes full circle back to Farkas. Here we have someone who knew about the Russian investigation into Trump Tower, is working for Hillary Clinton, and the Clinton campaign tried to make a political issue about it during the election.
At the very least this seems like enough justification to warrant an investigation into Farkas, the Clinton campaign, and anyone in the Obama Administration who had access to the intelligence reports that Farkas admits pushing to key officials on Capitol Hill.