Trump-Deranged Democrats and their media cohorts, along with the remaining dregs of the #NeverTrump contingent, have their dander up over President Trump answering a hypothetical posed to him by Clinton stooge George Stephanopoulos.

They conveniently forget the role of the foreign-sourced, thoroughly debunked “Steele dossier” in their attempt to derail then-candidate Trump’s presidential campaign and in their attempted coup after he won.

The brouhaha began during an interview for ABC News.  Here is the relevant portion of the transcript:

Stephanopoulos: Your campaign this time around, if foreigners, if Russia, if China, if someone else offers you information on opponents, should they accept it or should they call the FBI?

President Trump: I think maybe you do both. I think you might want to listen, there’s nothing wrong with listening. If somebody called from a country, Norway, “we have information on your opponent.” Oh, I think I’d want to hear it.

Stephanopoulos: You want that kind of interference in our elections?

President Trump: It’s not an interference, they have information. I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI. If I thought there was something wrong. But when somebody comes up with oppo research, right, they come up with oppo research. Oh, let’s call the FBI. The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it, but you go and talk honestly to congressmen, they all do it, they always have. And that’s the way it is. It’s called oppo research.

Former representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) calls out Trump critics as hypocrites because they would happily accept dirt on a political opponent from a foreign source if it were filtered through the press.  He then notes that he believes the true issue is “whether or not foreign governments were involved in spying on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.”

Fox News reports:

Former Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said critics of President Trump’s opposition research comments are being hypocritical on “Outnumbered” Thursday, and claimed they’d have done the exact same thing.

. . . . “But, let’s go back again to the press. That oppo research will be taken by the press and will be run with. Okay? The reality is, in the normal course of politics, when people get dirt, they give it to the press,” he continued.

“So whether it goes through a campaign, through a lawyer or through the original source, the fact is opposition research, every politician who’s now crying he would never do this would love nothing more than the press running with it.”

Issa said the true issue is whether or not foreign governments were involved in spying on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and what the administration plans to do about it.

“I think the important thing is we’re losing track of what’s going on right now,” he said. “The attorney general is looking into whether or not foreign intelligence was asked for, paid for and weaponized against this president and the campaign.”

That does seem to be the true issue.  After all, one situation was a hypothetical question posed by a Democrat media stooge and the other . . . actually happened.

John Soloman, writing at the Hill, asks a pointed question: “Aren’t delirious Democrats now accusing Team Obama of treason?“.

Actually, what Trump told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos was that he’d consider taking intelligence dirt about a rival from a friendly ally. (Norway was the actual example he used.)

Sound familiar? That is EXACTLY what the Obama administration did in 2016. It’s something no one in the media or the political space grasped during the tsunami of breathless reaction that followed the interview.

In July 2016, the Obama administration accepted unsolicited information from Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat who just happened to have helped arrange a $25 million government donation to the Clinton Foundation years before. Downer said that he had witnessed a Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, bragging about some dirt that the Russians supposedly had on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Though Downer’s claim was reported two-plus months after the alleged event, and was only hearsay gathered at a London tavern, the Obama administration gave it to the FBI which, in turn, thought it was weighty enough to justify opening a counterintelligence case against the lawfully elected Republican nominee for president.

In other words, the Democratic administration accepted dirt from a foreign friendly and used it to justify investigating its GOP rival.

And then, OMG, they did it again just a few weeks later.

. . . . For the second time in three months, the Obama administration took dirt on Trump from a foreign ally — this time, from one in Europe — and weaponized it for a criminal investigation.

. . . . And every Democrat and media pundit who accuses Trump of treason for considering taking dirt from, say, Norway in 2020 has now, by extension, accused the Obama administration of committing treason in 2016.

Personally, I wouldn’t call these instances of accepting foreign-sourced intel “treason” on Obama’s part, but then again, I’m not addled by Trump Derangement Syndrome and mindlessly latching onto anything that can vaguely be spun as a means to “get Trump.”

If Trump “might” accept foreign info on his 2020 opponent and Obama actually did accept foreign info about his hand-picked successor‘s 2016 opponent—and weaponized it using the full weight of the executive branch against then-candidate Trump, who’s guilty of what?


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