Joe diGenova, a former federal prosecutor, said that soon the truth about what he called the Obama Administration’s “brazen plot to exonerate Hillary Clinton” will trickle out. DiGenova said that the Obama administration had sought to “frame an incoming president with a false Russian conspiracy,” in reference to the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged connections between President Donald Trump’s political campaign and Russia.
DiGenova said in an interview with Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller that senior Obama administration officials at the Department of Justice and the FBI allegedly “violated the law, perhaps committed crimes” while engaging in surveillance and politicizing law enforcement to ruin Trump as a candidate and “destroy him as a president.” This was done in conjunction with covering up possibly criminal acts by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “That’s why this is important. That’s why connecting the dots is important because the FBI now has to be completely reconstructed from the ground up,” said diGenova. He specified former FBI Director James Comey, current FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI agent Peter Strzok, FBI counter-intelligence chief William Priestap, among others as being involved in the “crazy” narrative involving Trump and Russia. It was Priestap, diGenova said, “who nobody knows” planned the operation.
DiGenova said that while serving at the FBI, Comey pursued a fake criminal investigation of Clinton and that the former FBI director “followed none of the regular rules, gave her every break in the book, immunized all kinds of people, allowed the destruction of evidence, with no grand jury, no subpoenas, no search warrants. That’s not an investigation. That’s a Potemkin village. It’s a farce.”
“Everybody knew it was a farce,” diGenova said. “The problem is: she [Hillary Clinton] didn’t win. And because she didn’t win, the farce became a very serious opera. It wasn’t a comic opera, it was a tragic opera. And she was going to be the focus.”
DiGenova went on to condemn the FBI for apparently working closely with Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that developed and spread the discredited dossier about President Trump that had been prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele and the request of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. He said that the FBI, without a justifiable law enforcement or national security reason, “created false facts so that they could get surveillance warrants. Those are all crimes.” The FBI, he said, gave highly classified information to the private contractors of Fusion GPS that the firm had no legal right to see.
“What the [FBI] did was, by working with Fusion GPS,” said DiGenova, “and giving private contractors highly classified information to which they had no legal right to see, they needed to create something they could give to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] so that they could get wiretaps, surveillance taps, and email taps, and phone taps on the Trump people so that if there was something they could find it out. Of course, there was nothing. And they created false facts, so that they could get surveillance warrants. Those are all crimes.” DiGenova that what the FBI and DOJ officials did may be criminal because the actions they took were not for a legitimate law enforcement or national security purpose but for a political purpose against “candidate Trump, president-elect Trump, and President Trump.”
Referring to an April 27, 2017 FISA court opinion, he said that it describes systematic and on-going violations of the law by private contractors including Fusion GPS and Crowdstrike. The FBI disclosed to the private contractors unauthorized raw intelligence on private Americans collected by U.S. intelligence agencies. If the FBI did disclose this information, he said, the FBI and the private contractors could be exposed to criminal proceedings and “huge” civil liabilities. “This is stunning stuff,” diGenova said.
Crowdstrike provided computer security for the Democratic National Committee.
DiGenova said that there are a few heroes that emerged from the apparent conspiracy between members of the Obama administration to discredit Trump. DiGenova credited Admiral Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency for conducting an audit that revealed the operation, and then going to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to show that members of the Obama administration had lied to the court. Rogers then briefed president -elect Trump on November 17, 2016 about the surveillance by the Obama administration. This meant that Trump’s transition team moved out of Trump Tower in Manhattan to Bedminster, New Jersey, in order to avoid potential bugging.
Finally, said that he believes that if Democrats gain control of Congress in November, they will move towards impeaching President Trump. For now, diGenova said that Democrats are engaging in delay tactics to prevent the Republicans from finding the truth. Referring to efforts by House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), “It’s important for the House to complete its work now,” he said.