Former Obama official admits intel-gathering on Trump

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An on-air interview that took place on Mar. 2 is receiving fresh scrutiny, as former Obama official Evelyn Farkas openly admitted secret intelligence-gathering on Donald Trump before he took office to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.

The New York Times published an article on Mar. 1 plainly stating that “in the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election… across the government…. to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.”

Brzezinski said to Farkas in the interview the next day, “You actually knew about this attempt to get and preserve information and [were] doing some work yourself?”

Farkas responded, “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly, speaking to the people on the Hill … It was more, actually, aimed at telling the Hill people: ‘Get as much information as you can! Get as much intelligence as you can before President Obama leaves the administration,’ because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior people who left, so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, that the Trump folks … if they found out how we knew what we knew about the Trump staffs’ dealing with Russians, that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning, we would no longer have access to that intelligence. So, I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open.”

“Then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew they were trying to also help get information to the Hill. That’s why you have the leaking,” she added, in apparent defense of the leaks coming from the White House.

Fox News reported Wednesday that Farkas was “no low-level staffer” but was once considered the “most senior policy officer for Russia within the Pentagon.”

Two days after the interview, President Trump blasted out his “wiretapping claim” on Twitter and was soundly condemned for suggesting that the Obama administration would have committed surveillance on him.

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