Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to say former President Obama did not intentionally spy on the Trump campaign when asked at a recent congressional hearing. He punted when asked whether the Obama Administration tried to undermine the Donald Trump campaign. The fact that he cannot definitively answer whether the Obama administration used the government apparatus to hurt a political campaign is very telling indeed.
“What did the DOJ or FBI do in terms of collecting information, spying, or surveillance on the Trump campaign be it via Stefan Halper or anybody else working on behalf of the agencies?” Rosenstein was asked by GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis.
“As you know, congressman, I’m not permitted to discuss classified information in an open setting but I can assure you we are working with oversight committees and producing all relevant evidence to allow them to answer those questions,” Rosenstein replied.
But DeSantis would not let it go. “Let me ask you this, then, did the Obama administration, anybody in the administration direct anybody, Halper or anybody, to make contact with anyone associated with the Trump campaign?” DeSantis asked again.
“As I said, congressman, appreciate the — I understand your interest, I’m not permitted to discuss classified information,” Rosenstein replied.
That sounds like the answer is ‘yes.’
Democrats pushed hard for these investigations with the belief that it would ultimately hurt President Trump. But in the end, it might nail members of the Obama Administration.