Obama Official Admits Under Oath to Lying About Having 'Collusion Evidence'
Former defense official Evelyn Farkas testified 'I didn't know anything' after lying on TV
A former Obama Administration official has testified under oath that she lied about having evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, bombshell new documents show.
Evelyn Farkas, an Obama admin defense official, gave sworn testimony that she lied during an appearance on MSNBC when she claimed to have evidence of alleged collusion.
Farkas damming admission is revealed in a newly declassified congressional transcript of her testimony.
While testifying before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on June 26, 2017, Farkas confessed to then-House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) that "I didn't know anything."
Farkas was grilled as part of the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
Lawmakers keyed in on comments Farkas made during an interview on MSNBC on March 2, 2017.
During the appearance on MSNBC, Farkas urged intelligence community bureaucrats to disseminate within the government and potentially even leak to media any incriminating information they had about Trump or his aides, according to The Federalist.
Farkas served in the Obama administration as the deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia from 2012 through 2015.
“I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama administration] people who left…[that] it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy,” Farkas said.
Farkas also claimed that administration officials appointed by Trump might even destroy evidence of alleged collusion if they “found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staff’s dealing with Russians.”
They might “try to compromise those sources and methods,” Farkas alleged in the MSNBC interview.
“And we would no longer have access to that intelligence.”
“Not enough was coming out into the open and I knew there was more,” Farkas claimed.
But Farkas sang a different tone under oath when questioned by lawmakers about what she actually “knew” about collusion.
“Why don’t we go back to that sentence that I just asked you about,” Gowdy said.
"It says ‘the Trump folks, if they found out how we knew what we knew about their staff dealing with Russians.
“Well, how would you know what the U.S. government knew at that point? You didn’t work for it, did you?”
“I didn’t,” said Farkas, a former mid-level Russia analyst who left the federal government in 2015.
“Then how did you know?” Gowdy responded.
“I didn’t know anything,” Farkas said.
“Did you have information connecting the Trump campaign to the hack of the DNC?” Gowdy asked.
“No,” Farkas admitted.
“So when you say, ‘We knew,’ the reality is you knew nothing,” Gowdy asked later during the deposition.
“Correct,” Farkas responded.
Gowdy didn’t stop there.
“So when you say ‘knew,’ what you really meant was felt?” he asked.
“Correct,” Farkas answered.
“You didn’t know anything?” Gowdy continued.
“That’s correct,” Farkas responded.
Farkas, a Democrat, is currently running for Congress in New York’s 17th district.