Our Opinion| Assistant editor of the Wall Street Journal, James Freeman, seems to be right there with Senator Rand Paul when it comes to what should be happening to the Obama White House based on the information in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Freeman feels that the Obama administration must be held accountable for their “flagrant abuse” of the federal government’s surveillance powers.
— James Freeman (@FreemanWSJ) March 25, 2019
Breitbart News reports:
While Democrats and other members of the “Resistance” flail about in the wake of news the Robert Mueller investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election, Freeman observed Monday the report confirms it is former President Barack Obama who “owes the country an explanation” for his administration’s “historic abuse of government surveillance powers.”
Freeman wrote, “The Mueller report confirms that the Obama administration, without evidence, turned the surveillance powers of the federal government against the presidential campaign of the party out of power. This historic abuse of executive authority was either approved by President Barack Obama or it was not. It’s time for Mr. Obama, who oddly receives few mentions in stories about his government’s spying on associates of the 2016 Trump campaign, to say what he knew and did not know about the targeting of his party’s opponents.”
Republican Senator Paul Rand of Kentucky shared a similar sentiment, sending out a tweet saying that it is “time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax!”
Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax!
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 25, 2019
“Going all the way back to his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Illinois, Mr. Obama had aggressively advocated for preventing federal abuse of surveillance powers,” Freeman explained, making note that Obama previously decried the USA Patriot Act back in 2004 “for using the war against terrorism to violate U.S. citizens’ civil liberties,” according to Breitbart.
“It’s time for this lawyer and alleged passionate defender of the Bill of Rights to explain the actions of his overzealous and overreaching executive branch,” Freeman went on. “If he didn’t find out about the wiretapping until after the fact, when exactly did he learn about it and how did he respond?”
Then, Freeman indicated that the former president never asserted that the Trump collusion conspiracy theory was true, posing the question, “is why he endorsed or allowed the use of federal surveillance tools against the party out of power – a direct threat to the democratic process that is at the heart of our country’s greatness.”
“Mr. Obama might have room to deny any knowledge of the details of the surveillance abuses, given the story his FBI director told Congress—if anybody could believe that story,” Freeman doubtfully wrote, finally coming to the conclusion that “the absolute bare minimum that Mr. Obama owes this country is an explanation of the actions of his government in spying on a presidential campaign.”