After spinning lies at his sparsely attended rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, the president was at his game again on Monday. This time, he tried to make the case that former President Obama may have committed treason.
Without evidence, Mr. Trump suggested that Obama committed treason in connection with the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia. In an interview with CBN News, Trump insisted:
‘Treason, Treason, Treason!’
EXCLUSIVE: President Trump on what crime President Obama would have been potentially committing regarding the previous administration spying on his campaign: “Treason. It’s treason.” Watch the explosive clip from my White House interview with @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/IFui3fNigS
— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) June 22, 2020
Trump told CBN News’ David Brody:
”It’s treason. Look, when I came out a long time ago, I said they’ve been spying on my campaign. I said they’ve been taping, and that was in quotes, meaning a modern day version of taping, it’s all the same thing. But a modern day version. But they’ve been spying on my campaign.’
Trump even went so far as to exaggerate the lie even further, claiming that members of the Obama administration would have been executed for their alleged crimes.
‘If it was the opposite, two years ago, 25 people would have been convicted and they would be sent to jail for 50 years. And by the way, if it were 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, they would have been executed, but we’re in a different time.’
The president explained that he was looking forward to the results of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation. As he praised Attorney General William Barr, he called Durham:
‘I want to stay out of it because otherwise it’s going to look political. Let’s see what they come up with.’
The Russia investigation into Russian connections with the Trump campaign was eventually taken over by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump regularly referred to the probe as a “witch hunt” claiming there absolutely no truth to what they were going after.
Last year, the Justice Department issued a report finding that the FBI was not driven by bias in its decision to open investigations into Trump campaign associates and that those probes had an adequate predicate.
Back in May, Barr told reporters that he did not expect an investigation of Obama or former vice president Joe Biden. Barr said:
‘Based on the information I have today, I don’t expect Mr. Durham’s work will lead to a criminal investigation of either man. Our concern over potential criminality is focused on others.’