Trump Calls On McConnell to Launch Senate Investigation into Obamagate
President presses Senate majority leader as new allegations emerge against Obama admin
President Donald Trump is pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to launch an investigation into the Obamagate scandal as more evidence emerges against Obama Administration officials.
The president is reportedly leaning on Sen. McConnell to pursue the notorious “Obamagate” allegations that surfaced last week.
The calls suggest that Republicans could be in danger of losing the Senate majority if they refuse to take an aggressive tack toward the claims.
The calls follow recent development that top Obama admin officials pushed to “unmask” Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
Trump piled pressure on McConnell in a Saturday "tweetstorm" where he call on the GOP leader to move quickly on Obamagate, even posting articles from The Federalist and other outlets.
The reports claim that McConnell won’t “be able to confirm more judges or maintain a Republican majority without addressing the issue.”
"Mitch, I love you, but this is 100% true,” Trump wrote in reference to the articles he shared.
"Time is running out. Get tough and move quickly, or it will be too late. The Dems are vicious but got caught.
"They MUST pay a big price for what they have done to our Country.
"Don’t let them get away with this!”
McConnell hasn’t addressed the issue of “Obamagate” head-on, except to criticize former President Barack Obama for lashing out at the Trump administration in a call to donors, audio of which leaked to The New York Times last week.
In the call, Obama said he was concerned that the “rule of law” was at stake in the 2020 presidential election and excoriated the Trump Department of Justice for dropping perjury charges against Flynn after discovering evidence that Flynn may have been led into a “perjury trap” by the FBI.
McConnell called Obama “classless,” according to The Daily Wire.
"You know, we know he doesn’t like much this administration is doing. That’s understandable,” he said.
"But I think it’s a little bit classless frankly to critique an administration that comes after you.
“You had your shot. You were there for eight years.
"I think the tradition that the Bushes set up of not critiquing the president who comes after you is a good tradition.”
But McConnell, who is now focused on heading off Democrat efforts to spend wildly on a fourth coronavirus relief package full of handouts to key Democratic constituencies, likely would not be in charge of handling any Obamagate investigation.
That job would fall to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), whom administration officials seem concerned won’t pursue the case aggressively.
Last week, Graham resisted President Trump’s push to have former President Obama testify in front of the Senate as to why he and others in his inner circle were so desperate to “unmask” unnamed individuals listed in intelligence reports as having communicated with a Russian ambassador under surveillance.
"I don’t think now’s the time for me to do that,” Graham said.
"I don’t know if that’s even possible. I have grave concerns about the role of executive privilege and all kinds of issues.
"I understand President Trump’s frustration, but be careful what you wish for.
"Just be careful what you wish for."