On Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gave an astonishing summary of testimony received by the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to the Obama administration’s investigation into Donald Trump.
“We now know that the previous administration directed the FBI, the CIA, law enforcement, and intelligence to target their political opposition,” Cruz said during the televised hearings.
Cruz laid out a chain of events that led to the acquisition of a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump presidential election campaign. He says the FBI asked the CIA if Trump advisor Carter Page was a CIA asset. The CIA confirmed Page was working with the agency in an email, but an FBI attorney changed the yes to a no when he used that email to assist in acquiring the warrant.
“If anyone else did that in any court in America, they would be put in jail for a long time for fraud,” the Senator stated.
Cruz said the orders to initiate the investigation did not come from the Justice Department, nor did they come from low level attorneys. Cruz maintained the orders to spy on a political opponent, particularly General Michael Flynn, came directly from Barack Obama. “There are a lot of people that want to blame this on some low level lawyer nine levels down. Here’s the problem, we know that this went quite literally all the way to the top.”
The Texas Senator also summarized then Vice President Joe Biden was also involved. “January 5th Oval Office meeting, Barack Obama – Joe Biden, and what are they talking about,” he asked. “Surveillance directed at the incoming national security advisor.”
Cruz says the testimony learned from the hearings revealed Sally Yates, who was the acting Attorney General, had no idea the investigation was underway and that she learned about it from Obama. He says testimony showed FBI Director James Comey was working directly with and reporting directly to President Obama, in the Oval Office.
“Picture this for a second,” Cruz said. “Acting Attorney General of the United States has no idea that our law enforcement is surveiling and targeting a three star general who is the incumbent incoming, national security advisor, but the President knows. Why was Jim Comey briefing Barack Obama directly on the targeting of their political opponent?”
“On January 4th, [The FBI] had concluded there’s no basis to investigate Michael Flynn,” Cruz stated. “January 5th, there’s James Comey in the Oval Office saying, ‘We’re going after him. We’re going after Michael Flynn.'”
Cruz encouraged all in attendance to “pick up and read the Susan Rice email.” Cruz claims Rice, who was the outgoing National Security Advisor, wrote an email to herself on January 20, 2017, the final hours of the Obama administration.
“Dear Me, the investigation of Michael Flynn is by the book,” he summarized the email as saying. “The only reason she writes that email is she’s sitting there going, ‘Oh crap, in about an hour these next guys are gonna arrive and they might find out we turned the FBI in the personal research arm of the DNC.'”
Cruz stressed the importance of not allowing the previous administration to get away with using “the machinery of government to go after and target our political opponents.” He closed by saying, “Cause there’s more and more evidence that looks like it was and that oughtta concern everyone on this committee, because I guarantee ya, what one administration abuses, another administration is gonna abuse and that is dangerous for this country.”
Wednesday’s remarks echo those of Tuesday, when Cruz stated the Obama administration weaponized the FBI to target political opponents.
Here is the full transcript of Senator Ted Cruz’ Wednesday remarks:
Political posturing is not new to the Senate, but even given that this morning’s protestations from the Democratic side of the aisle have been remarkable. The subpoenas at issue here are not about the Muller report. It’s not even about Carter Page or General Flynn. The central question here is about corruption and abuse of power.
What has been made public, as we now know, that the previous administration directed the FBI, the CIA, law enforcement, and intelligence to target their political opposition.
This committee has now heard testimony that not only did they authorize wire taps of a senior advisor to the Trump campaign, not only did the send in spies wearing a wire to try an monitor their opponents, not only did they intercept phone calls from a three star general who was the incoming national security advisor to the new President, not only did they fraudulently create evidence altering emails from the CIA to the FBI. This is the FBI committing a felony of creating fake evidence. Cuz the FBI asked the CIA, ‘Was Carter Page working with you and helping the CIA?’ The CIA said yes and an FBI lawyer fraudulently altered that email and turned ‘yes’ into ‘no.’ If anyone else did that in any court in America, they would be put in jail for a long time for fraud.
There are a lot of people that want to blame this on some low level lawyer nine levels down. Here’s the problem, we know that this went quite literally all the way to the top.
January 5, 2017, this is after the presidential election, this is after the whole world is shocked that Hillary Clinton didn’t win and, oh my goodness, Donald Trump is getting ready to be President. Now, normally on January 5th, at the end of a presidential term, people are packing up and getting ready to leave, but what are they doing in this White House?
January 5th Oval Office meeting, Barack Obama, Joe Biden. And what are they talking about? Surveillance directed at the incoming national security advisor.
What do we know now, also? Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, was surprised. ‘What do you mean, what are you talking about Michael Flynn?’ Well, it turns out James Comey, the FBI director, was directly briefing President Obama. Sally Yates has said she learned about it from Barack Obama.
Picture this for a second. Acting attorney general of the United States has no idea that our law enforcement is surveiling and targeting a three star general who is the incumbent incoming, national security advisor, but the President knows. Why was Jim Comey briefing Barack Obama directly on the targeting of their political opponent?
Senior Senator from California asked, ‘Why is Jacob Lew on this list? Why is Samantha Power on this list?’ Well, because every damn one of them unmasked Michael Flynn, put in multiple orders. These are senior political players in the White House and the Obama administration. They’re on their way out the door. They get masked intercepts that protect the privacy and hide a U.S citizen and they put in request after request after request. By the way, Joe Biden put in that request, also. Why are they trying to unmask Michael Flynn?
January 5th was the day after the FBI, on January 4th, had concluded there’s no basis to investigate Michael Flynn. ‘We’re going to close the case.’ And by the way, they didn’t say it, they prepared the report saying, ‘We’re closing the case, cuz there’s no evidence here. Cuz we interviewed everyone and there’s no derogatory evidence. There’s no basis to be targeting this guy, who is the incoming national security advisor for the President.’
January 4th is when the FBI says to close it. January 5th, there’s James Comey in the Oval Office saying, ‘We’re going after him. We’re going after Michael Flynn.’ And, by the way, fifteen days later, January 20th. Look, there is in this room, probably 500 years of government experience. I encourage all of you, pick up and read the Susan Rice email. Number one, it’s January 20th, 2017, and everyone knows what that date means. It’s the very last day of the Obama administration. There’s a new guy getting sworn in on the steps of the Capital. We were all sitting there. Apparently, while we were sitting there, anyone else in the White House, and apparently a lot of us here have been involved in White House’s of outgoing administrations, you’re packing up your stuff. You’re taking down the picture of your wife or your husband from the wall. You’re putting your personal belongings in a box and you’re leaving.
That’s not what Susan Rice is doing. She’s sitting down typing an email. An email to whom? Herself. How often do you email yourself? Is that something you do a lot? ‘Dear Me,’ as you’re leaving a job. She emails herself and writes this memo, which in the annals of government is one of the funniest damn memos you’ll ever read. ‘Dear Me, the investigation of Michael Flynn is by the book. Let me be clear, it’s by the book. Did I mention it’s by the book?’ Three times she uses the phrase it’s by the book. Any of you ever played poker? There’s something called a tell. When’s someone’s writing in an email this is by the book and we’re not doing anything wrong, that’s a big indication they’re scared they’re doing something wrong. The only reason she writes that email is she’s sitting there going, ‘Oh crap, in a bout an hour these next guys are gonna arrive and they might find out we turned the FBI in the personal research arm of the DNC.’
Look, all of them thought Hillary was gonna win and nobody would know they had abused law enforcement and intelligence to target their political enemies. She writes this memo, by the way, ain’t nothing by the book if on January 4th they say we’re closing the instigation, because of no evidence and on January 5th, the FBI director is in the Oval Office with the President saying, ‘Hey we’re going after the guy.’ There’s no book that lays that out.
And what’s astonishing is not a single Democrat here cares. Not a one of you is troubled. Or at least you won’t say it publicly. Now, I get it. It’s an election year. Joe Biden is your nominee. For God’s sake, you don’t want to uncover something that shows that Joe Biden was part of corruption. Barack Obama, I get it, you revere. You don’t want to reveal he was involved in the corruption and you can’t reveal Joe Biden was.
So, yesterday’s hearing, you got Rod Rosenstein here, the number two guy at DOJ, who in every answer is like, ‘I didn’t know. I didn’t know. Nope, I didn’t know that. No, I didn’t know that. I didn’t know that. I didn’t know what I was signing was completely false.’ And what was amazing about the questions from the Democrats, is none of y’all cared. You’re all just like, ‘Let’s just ask him about something else. Don’t talk about this.’ Look, this committee oughta care and let’s be clear, we had a lot of talk about if the shoe were on the other foot. Pause for a second and imagine how you would feel if Donald J. Trump was doing exactly what Borack Obama and Joe Biden did. So, right now, you guys copacetic with with Trump putting wire taps on the Joe Biden presidential campaign? Everything cool if Trump has the FBI send in agents wearing wires to the Joe Biden campaign? That’s all good? Everything alright if the fraudulently create evidence, if they doctor emails from the CIA and send it to a court under oath? No problem there?
This is an absolute outrage and an abuse of power. And by the way, to be clear, because I’m sure someone on Twitter will say now Cruz has called for use of the FBI to go after Biden, no, to the contrary. Law enforcement and intelligence ought to be a-political. We should enforce the law regardless of party and this ought to be deeply concerning.
It’s not about revisiting the Mueller report. its, was there a partisan, deliberate decision that we’re gonna use the machinery of government to go after and target our political opponents? Cause there’s more and more evidence that looks like it was and that oughtta concern everyone on this committee, because I guarantee ya, what one administration abuses, another administration is gonna abuse and that is dangerous for this country.